Why Choose Criminal Justice?

Crime is not simple. The criminal justice program at Elmira College aspires to cultivate creative and original thinking about one of the most challenging social problems of our time. Students are challenged from day one to understand and investigate criminological theory, learn criminal law and procedure, study the behaviors of victims and offenders, and even how to process a homicide scene.

What Criminal Justice Will Teach You

Criminal justice is a discipline that explores both theory and practical application of the many sub-disciplines it encompasses. Core classes provide a mastery of the major works and theories of criminology, policing, corrections, judicial studies, quantitative analysis, and behavioral analysis. Students are then able to select from numerous electives to make their experience unique to their career goals.

Where Criminal Justice Can Take You

Students with a major in criminal justice have gone on to federal, state, and local law enforcement, graduate school, law school, social work, and a host of other related professions. Students often double major in criminal justice and another major in the social sciences (i.e. psychology, social work, etc.). Recently, some students interested in attending law school have triple majored in criminal justice, legal studies, and political science – while still graduating early.

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