Criminology & Criminal Justice
Niagara University’s criminology and criminal justice program is one of the largest departments housed on campus, and continues to be a popular program, drawing students from Western New York, Southern Ontario, across the U.S., and abroad. NU’s program educates and guides students in all areas of the field of criminal justice, such as criminology, victim services, social services and law, while helping students develop a network of connections through internship opportunities, study abroad programs, and faculty-student research. Upon completion of the program, students will be ready for careers within or outside of criminal justice, or may go on to law school or graduate school. Students interested in law enforcement are welcomed to apply to the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy (NCLEA) located right on campus.
A Cutting-Edge Curriculum
The personalized curriculum includes core courses in criminology, victimology, law enforcement, adjudication and law, and research methodology, as well as broad-based liberal arts courses and independent study intended on giving students a well-rounded and civic-minded education. Students will obtain experiential learning through study abroad excursions each spring, internship opportunities, and chances to conduct research with faculty. Minors can be added in forensic science, law, and computer crime (to name a few), or students can work towards a master’s degree in criminal justice administration with the 4+1 B.S./M.S program.
Faculty members publish in nationally and internationally acclaimed journals, and are known as research leaders in criminal justice fields such as victimology, the death penalty, court systems, and many more.
Students can choose from several minors including Sociology, Social Work, Psychology, or Political Science and Law, to name a few. They can also complete the 4+1 program, or enter the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy.
There are many opportunities for experiential learning, and internships. In recent years, students have been placed in agencies like the YWCA, DEA, Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and the FBI.