Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies

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Bachelor of Science

The Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies program provides students with the tools they need to enter into a career in the expanding field of law enforcement, the emerging area of homeland security, or to pursue a graduate degree or attend law school. The program has a rigorous curriculum taught by dedicated faculty uniquely qualified in their academic disciplines. The program is designed to educate students to be critical thinkers who communicate effectively, and who act in an ethical manner.

Develop an understanding of:
  • The various components and processes of the criminal justice system;
  • The role of the various justice and law enforcement agencies encompassed and involved in homeland security;
  • How the criminal justice system responds to threats and crises;
  • International and domestic terrorism and how to respond to and prevent terroristic action;
  • The purpose and practice of law;
  • The theories of crime and criminal behavior and how they have influenced policy and procedure within the criminal justice system;
  • The ethical and moral issues inherent in the criminal justice system;
  • Gain academic and practical experience that will assist in the pursuit of a career in the field; and
  • Develop critical thinking, written and oral communication skills necessary for careers in the field
Internship Opportunities:
Students will participate in an internship in the career path of their choice, such as, criminal justice, homeland security, law, youth/juvenile delinquency, private investigation, or probation and parole. Internships allow students to assess their interest and apply their classroom knowledge in an area of their choice. The program director and the cooperating agencies assess the best placement for students based on the student‘s academic preparation, past experiences, and personal maturity.

Career Opportunities
Private Security                       Youth Counselor
Law and Courts                       Insurance Investigator
Lawyer                                   Private Investigator
Judge                                     Private Security Officer
Bailiff                                     Loss Prevention Specialist
Paralegal                                Pretrial Services Officer
Law Enforcement                     Corrections
FBI                                        Warden
US Marshal                             Parole Officer
Drug Enforcement Admin.        Correctional Counselor
Police Officer/Detective           Community Corrections
US Customs                           Community Caseworker
Sheriff                                   Probation Officer

Course (Credits) 
   See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33) 
   Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy: 
      SB 375 Methods of Inquiry (3) 
   Senior Capstone: CJ 499 Senior Capstone (3)
Total General Education Credits - 39
Art & Sciences Courses 
   Course (Credits) 
   SB 120 Introduction to Psychology (3) 
   SB 110/130 Introduction to Anthropology or Introduction to Sociology (3) 
   HG 131/132 Macroeconomics or Microeconomics (3) 
   HG 141/143 Government and Politics of U.S. or State & Local Govt. (3) 
   SB 231/335/250 Social Problems, Comparative Social Institutions, or Cultural Geography (3) 
   SM 261 Statistics (3) 
   SB 301/333/380/401 Models of Society, Human Rights and Genocide, Contemporary Slavery in World, or World Cultures and Societies (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Program Credits - 21
Career Courses 
   Course (Credits) 
   CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) 
   CJ 152/251 Juvenile Delinquency, or Corrections and Alternatives (3) 
   CJ 252/360 Crime Scene Investigation, or Financing Terrorism Investigation (3) 
   CJ 253 Criminal Law and Procedure (3) 
   CJ 351 Criminal Justice Process (3) 
   CJ 354 Policing in America (3) 
   CJ 357/358 or BU 363 Constitutional Law /International Law or Business Law and Ethics (3) 
   CJ 255 Terrorism and Homeland Security (3) 
   SB 451 Criminology (3) 
   CJ 358 Ethical Issues in CJHS (3) 
   CJ 398 Criminal Justice Internship (3) 
   AC 110 Fund. of Accounting (3)
Total Career Program Credits - 36
Arts and Sciences Electives 
   Course (Credits) 
   100-400 level (3)
Total Arts & Sciences Elective Credits - 3
Open Electives 
   Course (Credits) 
   100-400 level (9) 
   300/400 level (12)
Total Open Elective Credits - 21

Contact Information:

Clairissa Breen
Assistant Professor and Program Director, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies
306 Eddy Hall
Phone: (315) 655-7330
E-mail: cdbreen

Stewart L. Weisman, Esq.
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice and Homeland Security Studies and Division Chair, Social and Behavorial Sciences
306 Eddy Hall
Phone: (315) 655-7795
E-mail: sweisman

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