Criminal Justice

Offered as a major & minor
Division Level

The Criminal Justice program is designed to support students in the development of a specific skill in the context of inquiries concerning the relationship of citizen and state, and the resolution of disputes arising between the two.


Criminal Justice is in its antecedents, origins, and subject matter quintessentially interdisciplinary in its character, drawing selectively from sociology, psychology, political science and law.


The foundation of Criminal Justice study is an appreciation that, with reference to consideration of criminal behavior and society’s responses to it, the pertinent aspects of the respective disciplines represent, to a significant extent, different perspectives on the same subject matter. The Criminal Justice curriculum at Union College is predicated on this understanding.

Students of Criminal Justice are prepared for careers in a wide range of governmental and private sector environments related to criminal justice, as well as for graduate study in the behavioral sciences, government, and law.


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