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  Coordinator: Tara Parrello, Ph.D.
Phone: 845-848-4097
Fax: 845-359-8025
About the Program 

Provides a solid foundation in the history, development, and role of the criminal justice system and organizations. There is an increasing demand for expertise in all aspects of criminal justice. The fully interdisciplinary Criminal Justice curriculum will prepare students for subsequent training and career choices in local, state, and federal law enforcement. The major also offers a strong foundation for students considering graduate work in law, public administration, and political science. The Criminal Justice curriculum: 

  • Demonstrates knowledge in criminological theories, methods, techniques, and principles related to the study and practice of criminal justice. 
  • Identifies and compares traditional methods of prevention, treatment to current alternatives to incarceration, and cross-cultural approaches to crime and prevention. 
  • Recognizes trends in crime, criminal behavior, victimization, terrorism, and homeland security. 

The Major in Criminal Justice is specifically designed to provide students with an understanding of the criminal justice system, the nature of crime and the interactive roles of the individual and the society in the commission, restraint, and the prevention of crime. 

  • The 120 credit program may be completed in 4 years.
  • In addition to the robust selection of elective and related courses, Criminal Justice Majors complete a full semester internship, gaining practical experience in a desired field or area of interest (internships have included the Public Defenders’ Office, the County Probation Office, local law enforcement stations and local women’s shelters).
  • Students are also required to complete a Capstone Seminar (details below) in the senior year.   
Summary of Requirements 
  • Basic Core Courses  
  • Elective Courses  
  • Related Courses  
  • Capstone Seminar  
For More Information 
  • Contact the Office of Admissions at (866)-4DC-INFO
  • Contact the Coordinator of Criminal Justice, Dr. Tara Parrello.
  • Arrange an appointment with one of the Social Sciences faculty. Please contact the department secretary at (845) 848-4068 to make an appointment