Rochester Institute of Technology

Academic Program Overviews

Student Skills & Capabilities, Salary Data, Career Information 

Criminal Justice BS

Program Overview

RIT’s criminal justice degree focuses on understanding crime and criminal justice system responses. Students explore contemporary public safety issues, especially those involving technology, and evaluate the intended and unintended consequences. This framework offers opportunities to consider policy responses and engage in hands-on research in local agencies. A focus on theory and social science provides students with the problem-solving skills necessary for addressing today’s most pressing social issues.

The criminal justice major offers students a broad education, preparing them for a wide range of careers in federal and local criminal justice agencies. The major also provides continuing education for professionals already employed in criminal justice positions and offers a strong academic foundation for graduate or law school. The major is unique in its broad core curriculum, the scope of professional course offerings, and an intensive field experience where students blend knowledge gained in the classroom with a career-oriented internship.

RIT's approach to the study of criminal justice combines theoretical perspectives with practical experience. The emphasis within the areas of crime, criminal behavior, social control mechanisms, administration, planning, and management is on problem-solving techniques based on the growing body of research in the field as well as students' own guided research.

Degrees Awarded

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Masters of Science


  • Approximately 83 students are enrolled in the program.

Cooperative Education & Experiential Education Component

  • Co-op is mandatory for this program.
  • Minimum co-op requirement: 1 block, 15 weeks/semester
  • Co-op availability: Fourth Year fall through summer

Salary Information

Co-op:   $12.50                     $12.50 - $15.89
BS:           ID

Student Skills & Capabilities

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.


Middle States Association for Colleges and Schools.

Training / Qualifications

A career in correctional counseling or treatment requires short-term on-the-job training, after which you may have to pass a certification test. As for a career in crime analysis, in order to complete more formal training, analysts may need to become state certified. To qualify for a position, some police agencies require crime analysts to have some experience working in a law enforcement atmosphere.

Job Titles

Police Officers; Correction Officers and Counselors; Probation Officers; US Postal Inspectors; Crime Analyst; US Marshals; Border Patrol Officers, Legal Assistant.

Selected Employer Hiring Partners

City of Rochester, Kodak, Pinkerton Security, National Park Service, Monroe County Sheriff, US Immigration & Naturalization, Monroe County Sheriff, Rochester Police Dept., District Attorney’s Office, US Customs and Border Patrol, US Secret Service, Monroe County Parks, NYS Dept. of Technology, Center for Public Safety Initiatives.

Contact Us

We appreciate your interest in your career and we will make every effort to help you succeed. Feel free to contact Lisa Monette, the career services coordinator who works with the Criminal Justice program. You can access information about services through our web site at
Lisa Monette, Career Services Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; 585.475.7413; 585.475.2301
Rochester Institute of Technology . Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education
Bausch & Lomb Center . 57 Lomb Memorial Drive . Rochester NY  14623-5603