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Criminal Justice BS

A criminal justice degree that explores issues of law and justice as you evaluate the intended and unintended consequences of criminal justice policies and decision-making.

Program skills

Through core courses, students are exposed to the widest possible range of perspectives from which to view crime and the nature of criminal justice administration, thus broadening their career options. During the first year, students select professional electives in a specific area of interest from courses offered in criminology, law enforcement, law, corrections, management and crime analysis, Data analysis, Crime analysis, and Crime mapping.

Program job titles reported

Police Officer; Correction Officer and Counselor; Probation Officer; US Postal Inspector; Crime Analyst; US Marshal; Border Patrol Officer; Legal Assistant

Select program hiring partners

City of Rochester, CityMD, D.A.R State Park, EPIC Systems, Inc., FBI, First American Title Insurance Company, G4S, Johns Hopkins University, Monroe Community College, Monroe County Sheriff Office, Rochester Institute of Technology, Town of Avon, Urban Teachers


  • Legal and Law Enforcement

  • Government (Local, State, Federal)

  • Defense

  • Commercial Banking and Credit

  • Military

  • Politics


Outcome Rates*

Total percentage of graduates who have entered the workforce, enrolled in full-time graduate study, or are pursuing alternative plans (military service, volunteering, etc.).


Knowledge Rate

*Total percentage of graduates for whom RIT has verifiable data, compared to national average knowledge rate of 41% per NACE.
Outcome % of Students
Employed 32.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 50.00%
Alternative Plans 9.00%
Outcome % of Students
Employed 32.00%
Full-time Graduate Study 50.00%
Alternative Plans 9.00%

Experiential Learning

Cooperative Education

Cooperative education, or co-op for short, is full-time, paid work experience in your field of study. And it sets RIT graduates apart from their competitors. It’s exposure–early and often–to a variety of professional work environments, career paths, and industries. RIT co-op is designed for your success

Students in the criminal justice degree have the opportunity to participate in cooperative education and may apply for co-op placements after two semesters of full-time study. Cooperative education provides a working experience in a criminal justice-related field but does not carry academic credit hours.

Field Experience

During their senior year, students have the opportunity to complete an internship at a number of agencies and organizations in the areas of law, law enforcement, institutional and non-institutional corrections, courts, juvenile advocacy and counseling programs, and security. For one semester, students work 25-hours-a-week under an agency field supervisor and meet regularly with advisors and peers who are doing field placements in other agencies. Placements are individualized to fit a student's career objectives.