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  • B.S. in Criminal Justice

    Take an active role in your community and its safety
    Learn from a diverse faculty--academics, attorneys, law enforcement officers and others--who have hands-on experience in the NYC area.
    Degree:
    B.S.
    School:
    School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
    Location:
    Dobbs Ferry, Bronx, Manhattan, Yorktown Heights & Online
    Credits:
    120

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Criminal Justice B.S. Curriculum

General Education Requirements 60 Credits
Major Concentration: Criminal Justice 36 Credits
Open Electives 24 Credits
Total 120 Credits

Students who choose the major concentration in Criminal Justice must complete:

  • CRJU 204 Introduction to Corrections
  • CRJU 212 Criminology
  • CRJU 236 Criminal Court Process
  • CRJU 253 Policing
  • CRJU 301 Constitution Law/Crim Justice
  • CRJU 401 Senior Seminar

In addition, students must select any five courses in total from Criminal Justice numbered 200 or above or from the following approved electives:

  • LAWS 203 Law of Evidence
  • LAWS 255 Managing Human Conflict I
  • LAWS 256 Managing Human Conflict II
  • PSYN 209 Intro to Forensic Psychology
  • PSYN 244 Social Psychology
  • PSYN 312 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSYN 340 Psychology of Crisis
  • SOCL 201 Law, Order & Justice
  • SOCL 206 Sociology of Violence
  • SOCL 236 Social Deviance
  • SOCL 315 Terrorism
  • SOCL 370 Stats Socl/Behv Sciences
  • SOCL 399 Internship Soc/Beh Sciences*

* It is strongly recommended that students who have no experience in the Criminal Justice field enroll in CRJU 399.

There is an 18-credit residency requirement in the major concentration of Criminal Justice.

• PSYN 101 is a prerequisite for all PSYN courses numbered 120 and above. SOCL 101 is a prerequisite for all SOCL courses numbered 120 and above. PSYN 101 and SOCL 101 fulfill part of the General Education requirements. All the courses in this category fulfill Liberal Arts requirements.

Students may also participate in the CASAC-T Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Standardized 350-Hour Education and Training Program.

CASAC-T Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor

CASAC-T Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor Standardized 350-Hour Education and Training Program Mercy College CASAC-T Program is an OASAS Certified Education Training Program. The courses have been approved by the New York State Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services (OASAS), satisfying the educational requirements for state certification. With the competitive market for counselors and mental health providers, your CASAC-T Certification paves the way for both direct patient care and supervisory positions in the area of substance abuse and addiction. The intensive program at Mercy College will specifically prepare you for the five domains for CASAC preparation including assessment, counseling, case management, client, family and community education, and professional responsibility. Mercy College students receive the professional training and ethical knowledge base which will enable them to provide alcoholism and substance abuse counseling in one of the most progressive fields.

PSYN/BHSC/SOCL 262 Alcohol Drugs and Behavior CRJU 206 Deviation and Therapy BHSC/SOCL 202 Ethics and Family or BHSC/SOCL 366 Medical Ethics PSYN 232 Health Psychology BHSC/PSYN/SOCL 399 Internship in the Social and Behavioral Sciences PSYN 101 Introduction to Psychology PSYN/SOCL/BHSC 244 Social Psychology BHSC/SOCL 269 Strategies for Alcohol/Substance Abuse Providers

Each course represents 45.0 CASAC Clock Hours with the exception of Internship which must be taken as a 6 credit course and represents 90.0 CASAC Clock Hours.

Interested students may contact Deborah Day Aikens, Ph.D, LMSW, CASAC-G at (718) 931-0041 or daikens@mercy.edu.

What is the Criminal Justice Major?
A four-year program designed to enhance the career of someone already in criminal justice, or prepare you if you’re not.
What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1-800-MERCY NY to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
How long does earning a degree take?
Full-time students can complete the 120-credit degree program in four years.
What is the greatest strength of the Criminal Justice program?
The academic and professional diversity of the faculty and a well-balanced curriculum. Our faculty includes attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and others who have had hands-on experience in the criminal justice system throughout the metropolitan area.
Are department faculty available for academic advising?
Yes, faculty are always ready to help students with questions about what courses to take, the sequencing of courses, and career opportunities, including internships and cooperative education.
What employment opportunities are available?
Various jobs in public service agencies, such as police departments, corrections departments, social service agencies, victims' assistance agencies, in positions ranging from entry level to top positions; as well as the private sector in security and insurance companies.
Is Mercy College a nonsectarian institution?
Yes. Qualified applicants are admitted without regard to race, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age or physical disability.
What fields of study are involved?
In addition to general liberal arts curriculum, the specialized courses include the Criminal Justice System, the Corrections System, Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law issues, the impact of crime on the victim and on law enforcement officers, drugs and several other related issues. Sociology, philosophy and psychology courses are also included.
How many credits can be transferred from another institution?
Up to 75 credits from a two-year institution. Up to 90 from a four-year institution. Up to 90 credits combined however the credits may not exceed 75 credits from any combination of two-year institutions as they apply to your chosen degree. In addition you may only transfer in two courses of upper-level business credit (six credits) to apply to the major / specialization.
What types of students are attracted to the study of Criminal Justice?
The student body in our program includes male and female adult students of all ages. Our students include police, court, and correction personnel, as well as other professionals who are already employed in the field.
Illya Lichtenberg Associate Professor, Legal and Justice Studies
Douglas Evans Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice Overview

Criminal Justice is a challenging, exciting and rewarding career. The 4-year Criminal Justice major will prepare you for the profession, or help you advance if you're already in it.

Graduates have found employment in public service agencies such as:

  • Police departments
  • Corrections departments
  • Social service agencies
  • Victim's assistance agencies
  • Youth counseling agencies
  • Private security and insurance companies

Many students continue on to law school.

The greatest strenght of the criminal justice program at Mercy College is the academic and professional diversity of the faculty, which includes attorneys, law enforcement officers, and other professionals who have had hands-on experience in the criminal justice systme in the metropolitan area.

Criminal Justice FAQS

What is the first step in the admissions process?
Click on "Apply Now" on the Mercy homepage or call 1-800-MERCY NY to apply for admission to Mercy College and arrange for an appointment with an Admissions Counselor. Bring your completed application form and copies of your high school and/or college transcripts with you at the time of your appointment.
What is the greatest strength of the Criminal Justice program?
The academic and professional diversity of the faculty and a well-balanced curriculum. Our faculty includes attorneys, law enforcement professionals, and others who have had hands-on experience in the criminal justice system throughout the metropolitan area.

Criminal Justice Fast Facts

  • Diversity of faculty in criminal justice positions
  • Continue on to law school or find employment in public service agencies

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Criminal Justice Bachelor's program pursue positions in law enforcement; corrections, including probation and parole; court officers and other court personnel; social service agencies; victims' assistance agencies; private security; insurance companies; etc