The Department of Criminal Justice degree programs, minors, and immersions emphasize the social scientific study of crime, criminal justice, and legal studies. RIT’s approach combines theoretical perspectives with hands-on experience, emphasizing areas of crime, criminal behavior, social control mechanisms, administration, planning, and management, as well as problem-solving techniques based on current research in the field. Students are encouraged to be active participants in the process of creating this knowledge through undergraduate research projects. A variety of opportunities exist to engage in active research and to present the results of these projects at professional conferences.
Sponsored research funding (2017-2018)
Ranked among top 50 criminal justice programs nationwide by College Factual
With a grant from the New York State Health Foundation, RIT’s Center for Public Safety Initiatives will form a program to determine whether a victim of street crime was involved in a dispute, and whether that dispute could escalate with gun violence.
The internship program is designed to give students the opportunity to interact with criminal justice professionals in a work environment. Students will be closely supervised at the selected agency, developing their professional skills while learning the agency’s organization, programs, and methods.
Rochester Police Department, Buffalo Police Department, Syracuse Police Department, Monroe County Sheriff’s Department, Kodak Corporate Security, Bausch & Lomb, Ingraham Investigation, Marine Midland Corporate Security, New York State Police, New York State Park Police, American Civil Liberties Union, Department of Environmental Conservation, J.T. Genier Security Services, CVS Health Loss Prevention, Disney Corporate Security, Monroe Community College PAC TAC-downtown student police patrol. Federal Agencies: A.T.F., D.E.A., Homeland Security, U.S. Marshal, I.R.S., Secret Service, U.S. Postal Inspector
Honorable Marjorie Byrnes, Honorable Roy King, Honorable Joseph Valentino, Attorney General’s Office, Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Erie County District Attorney’s Office, Monroe County Public Defender’s Office, U.S. Attorney’s Office, U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York-Jury Selection, Public Interest Law Firm, Legal Aid Society, Monroe County Family Court, Monroe County Criminal Court, Capital Defender’s Office, Anthony Levy-Attorney at Law, Schogan & King, Harter & Secrest, Garrison & Wiles, Phillips, Lytle & Hitchcock, Blaine & Huber
ChemSept (drug testing), DWI Victim Advocacy (court monitoring), Victim Services (Rochester Police Department), Victim Services (District Attorney’s Office), Rape Crisis (counseling), Society for the Protection and Care of Children, National Center for Exploited and Missing Children, General Code Publishers Corporation, Camp Good Days, Journey's End Refugee Services, H.E.A.R.D.-Helping Educate to Advance the Rights of the Deaf, Paper Bag Ladies of Rochester, as well as out of state placements
Students complete criminal justice core courses along with program electives that can be customized according to personal interests and goals. The wide variety of courses available prepares you for a variety of careers in local, state, and federal criminal justice agencies, as well as the private sector. You are also well-prepared to continue your education in a graduate or professional program in criminal justice, public policy, business, or law. A BS/MS 4+1 option in criminal justice is also available.
The graduate program emphasizes training in policy analysis and practice, particularly as it is relevant to community and urban issues. You’ll gain a strong foundation in criminal justice theory and social scientific research skills, and you’ll graduate ready for a career in criminal justice policy analysis or well-prepared to continue your studies in a doctoral program.
RIT’s criminal justice master’s degree fosters the creation of new knowledge through active research in agencies and the community. Students learn and apply problem-solving skills rooted in areas of individual interest with an emphasis on applied research. The degree enables graduates to enter successful careers in criminal justice agencies, policy analysis, or pursue further education in a criminal justice doctoral program.
The criminal justice immersion provides students with the appropriate foundation to analyze crime, crime control policy, and the role of the criminal justice system in the maintenance of order in society. Courses focus on the social definition and measurement of crime, a broad understanding of the causes of crime, and societal responses to crime through the police, courts, and corrections.
The criminal justice minor provides a foundation in the formal process of social control through the criminal justice system, how behavior is defined as criminal, how crime is measured, and how society responds to crime.
The legal studies immersion provides students with a foundation in the study of law and legal institutions, and in the relationship of law to other aspects of society and culture. Courses provide a broad perspective on law and legal institutions including historical, ethical, sociological, political, and philosophical approaches to these areas.
Recognizing the critical role that law plays in societies, the minor in legal studies provides students with courses that deepen and expand their understanding of law as practiced, especially its influence on social, political, and economic institutions.