Dual Major in Psychology and Criminal Justice

A dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice is designed for students who are interested specifically in forensic psychology, or students who want an enhanced educational background in psychology and criminal justice. The field of forensic psychology involves the application of psychology to the legal system. Forensic psychologists can work in a variety of capacities, providing counseling to or evaluation of individuals in the legal system. They can provide expert testimony and consult with legal professionals including lawyers and judges. Forensic psychologists also study the psychological and behavioral aspects of criminal offenders.

The dual major in Psychology and Criminal Justice also provides an enhanced curriculum for students interested in careers in psychology or criminal justice. The dual major is excellent preparation for graduate programs, including law school and clinical psychology programs. Additionally, the dual major is an excellent choice for those pursuing careers in law enforcement and human service fields.

At Cazenovia College, we have tailored the dual major to meet the needs of motivated students looking for a competitive degree. The program is designed to be completed in four years, and requires the same number of courses as tradition single major degrees.

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES (click on any competency to determine which courses can be used to fulfill General Education requirements)
Course (Credits)
 See Degree Requirements: General Education requirements (33)
 Critical Thinking, Problem Solving and Information Literacy  - SB 377 Research Methods: Psychology (3)
 Senior Capstone - SB or CJ 499 Senior Capstone (3)
Total General Education Credits - 39

Arts & Sciences Courses   
Course (Credits)
   SB 120 Introduction to Psychology (3)
   SB 110 Introduction to Anthropology or SB 130 Introduction to Sociology (3)
   HG 131 Microeconomics or HG 132 Macroeconomics (3)
   HG 141 Government& Politics of US or HG 143 State & Local Government (3)
   Choose One of the Following: (3)
     SB 231 Social Problems, SB 335 Comparative Social Institutions, SB 250
     Cultural Geography, SB 301 Models of Society, SB 333 Human Rights and
     Genocide, SB 380 Contemporary Slavery in World, or SB 401 World
     Cultures and Societies    
   SM 261 Statistics (3)
   SB 225 Lifespan Developmental Psychology (3)
   SB 231 Social Psychology (3)
   Two of the following three: (6)
     SB 330 Sensation and Perception, SB 341 Learning, or SB 364 Cognition   
   SB 323 Abnormal Psychology (3)
   SB 326 Theories of Personality (3)
   SB 327 Brain and Behavior (3)
   SB 498 History and Systems (3)
   SB/CJ 359 Forensic Psychology (3)
Total Arts and Sciences Program Credits - 45
Career Studies Courses   
Course (Credits)
   CJ 151 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
   CJ 152 Juvenile Delinquency or CJ 251 Corrections and Alternatives (3)
   CJ 252 Crime Scene Investigation or CJ 360 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 Constitutional Law,  BU 363 Business Law and Ethics, or HG 358
     International Law (3)
   CJ 255 Terrorism and Homeland Security     (3)
   SB 451 Criminology (3)
   CJ 358  Ethical Issues in CJHS (3)
   SB 385/485 or CJ 398 Internship (3)
Total Career Studies Courses- 33

Open elective (3)


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

Rachel Dinero
Associate Professor and Program Director, Psychology
343 Williams Hall
Phone: (315) 655-7159
Email: redinero