Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Criminal Justice Department

Bachelor of Science (HEGIS 2105)

Classroom Building C114 (716) 878-4517

Criminal justice is a multidisciplinary academic program that examines the characteristics and operations of the criminal justice system and relationships between crime and crime control within the context of a democratic society. The program explores social, cultural, political, and organizational influences on criminal justice policies and operations from both theoretical and real-world perspectives.

Concentrations in Major:

Concentration in Policing: CRJ 202, CRJ 301, CRJ 409

Concentration in Corrections: CRJ 204, CRJ 306, CRJ 406, CRJ 420

Concentration in Intelligence Analysis: CRJ 250, CRJ 355, CRJ 450, CRJ 455

Admission Requirements: Students are not accepted to the criminal justice major during their first semester at Buffalo State. However, students can be admitted as premajors to receive the benefit of departmental information and advisement. A minimum of 12 credit hours of coursework must be completed with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5. A student is then eligible to apply for admittance as a criminal justice major. Transfer students from community colleges are accepted based upon their academic average and according to their date of application.

Degree Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements

33-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Criminal Justice

42 cr

A. Core Courses (18 cr)

CRJ 101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRJ 201

Criminal Law

CRJ 202

The Police Process

CRJ 204

The Correctional Process

CRJ 303

Criminal Justice Theory and Ideology

CRJ 315

Research Methods in Criminal Justice

B. Supporting Courses (6 cr)

Select two courses from the following:

CRJ 250

Introduction to Intelligence Analysis

CRJ 301

Police Organization and Management

CRJ 302

Criminal Justice and the Community

CRJ 305

The Juvenile Justice System

CRJ 306

Probation, Parole, and Community Corrections

CRJ 307

Comparative Criminal Justice Systems

CRJ 308

Crime Prevention

CRJ 317

Constitutional Issues in Criminal Justice

CRJ 320

Criminal Courts

CRJ 355

Crime Analysis

C. Criminal Justice Electives (6 cr)

Select two courses from the following:

CRJ 402

Advanced Administration in Criminal Justice

CRJ 404

White-Collar and Corporate Crime

CRJ 406

Correctional Institutions and Programs

CRJ 408

Proseminar in Criminal Justice

CRJ 409

Advanced Issues in Law Enforcement

CRJ 410

Organized Crime

CRJ 420

Advanced Issues in Punishment and Corrections

CRJ 440

Drugs, Crime, and Drug Policy

CRJ 450

Terrorism and Criminal Justice

CRJ 455

Advanced Intelligence Analysis

CRJ 470

Advanced Seminar in Criminal Justice

CRJ 485

Mock Trial

CRJ 488


CRJ 495

Special Project

CRJ 499

Independent Study

  1. CRJ 402 requires upper division status and CRJ 101.
  2. Up to 9 credits of CRJ 408 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice may be taken as long as the class covers a different topic. Only 6 credits may be used as a Criminal Justice elective.
  3. CRJ 488 requires senior class standing, a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Buffalo State and/or Instructor Permission.
  4. CRJ 495 and CRJ 499 require senior class standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at Buffalo State. No more than one CRJ 499 and/or CRJ 495 course may be used in the major and none may be used in the major if taken prior to successful completion of CRJ 315 without written consent of the department.

D. Criminal Justice Diversity Elective (3 cr)

Select one course from the following:

CRJ 425

Race, Ethnicity, and the Administration of Justice



CRJ 430

Gender and the Administration of Justice

E. Statistics (3 cr)

Select one course from the following:

CRJ 310

Statistics in Criminal Justice

ECO 305

Statistics for Economics

MAT 311

Introductory Probability and Statistics

PSY 306

Statistics in Psychological Research

SOC 301

Social Statistics

F. Professional, Behavioral, and Social Science Electives (6 cr)

Select two courses from the following (No more than 4 credit hours from one department course area (i.e. no more than two PSC courses, two PSY courses, two SOC courses) allowed):

ANT 307

Urban Anthropology

ANT 325

Forensic Anthropology

BUS 312

Financial Accounting

BUS 313

Managerial Accounting

BUS 334

Business Law I

BUS 360

Principles of Management

BUS 410

Accounting Analysis

CRS 302

Creative Approaches to Problem Solving

ECO 312

Urban Economics

ECO 350

Public Finance

ECO 360

Introduction to the Economic Analysis of Law

ENG 300

Writing for the Professions

GEG 425

Fundamentals of GIS

HIS 341

African Americans and Civil Rights

HIS 342

English Legal History

LIB 300

Advanced Library Research Methods

PHI 304

Philosophy of Law

PSC 315

State and Local Government Politics

PSC 316

Urban Ethnic Politics

PSC 320

U.S. Constitution/Civil Liberties

PSC 360

Public Administration

PSC 364

American Public Policy

PSY 325

Social Behavior

PSY 367

Organizational Behavior

PSY 375

Forensic Psychology

PSY 376

Health Psychology

PSY 411

Abnormal Psychology

SOC 351

Sociology of Race and Ethnicity

SOC 353

Environment and Society

SOC 380

Sociology of Crime

SOC 382

Sociology of Law

SOC 390

Sociology of Juvenile Delinquency

SPA 201

Intermediate Spanish I

SPA 202

Intermediate Spanish II

SPC 306

Public Speaking

SPF 311

Family Violence

SWK 301

Poverty and Public Policy



All College Electives

39 - 45 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

120 cr

Academic Road Map for Criminal Justice, B.S.

Student Learning Outcomes for Criminal Justice, B.S.

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Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)


Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies