Criminology & Criminal Justice

Criminology and Criminal Justice

A Powerful Educational Experience

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. 

Criminology is the study of the sociological and psychological behaviors of criminals to determine why they commit crimes, while criminal justice is the study of the law enforcement systems and operations. Our criminology and criminal justice program allows our students to:
  • Focus on real-world problems and theories in the criminology and criminal justice field.
  • Work closely with our well-versed professors to further develop knowledge of the field and transferable skills, including analytical, statistical, research, and critical thinking skills.
  • Receive a structured, yet flexible curriculum, leading to a well-rounded education, and in-depth knowledge of the field and its proceedings.

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.


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.

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