As one of the most progressive programs of its kind in New York State, Hilbert's bachelor-level criminal justice program provides you with a firm foundation in criminology, research methodology, ethics, and corrections. It is designed to give you a broad understanding of the criminal justice system, while also providing you background in the conceptual, organizational and practical dimensions of various criminal justice fields and agencies. Beyond this, the criminal justice program helps refine your analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Depending on your interests and career goals, you may select one of our eight concentrations, offering you flexibility in choosing a specialty within the criminal justice field, like our new forensic investigation or family violence concentrations.
Our criminal justice faculty represent a broad range of professional backgrounds and academic orientations. Our professors bring a depth of theoretical and practical experience to the classroom from all areas of the field, and encourage open, lively discussions about some of the most challenging issues today in the criminal justice system.
You'll have the opportunity to gain practical experience through our outstanding internship program, allowing you to integrate principles and concepts discovered in the classroom with the real criminal justice field. As a student-intern, you'll gain valuable insights and knowledge at places like U.S. Customs, the New York State Attorney General's Office, local police departments, some congressional offices, and state police, among many other sites.
Beyond this, you'll have a chance to excel in your future career through membership in the Criminal Justice Association, where you'll discuss ideas, current events and careers in criminal justice. There's also the opportunity to visit police, correctional and juvenile facilities, as well as participate in community service activities.
If you're interested in research in the field, you can develop your abilities by assisting with research projects for the Hilbert Institute for Law and Justice. This respected national, regional and local resource for law enforcement, crime prevention and community well-being concentrates on a wide range of law and justice-related issues.
Many graduates of Hilbert's program move directly into entry-level positions as professionals in the criminal justice system, while others choose law school or further study in a range of master's and doctoral degree programs. In recent years, Hilbert graduates have accepted positions with various federal, state and local law enforcement, and judicial and correctional agencies.
To accommodate your needs, a two-year criminal justice degree and security management certificate are also offered at Hilbert. The flexibility of the associate-level degree allows you to enter the criminal justice field or to continue your studies in a bachelor-level program.
Why Study Criminal Justice at Hilbert?
There are several advantages to studying criminal justice at Hilbert:
- Specialized concentrations that allow you to focus on your areas of interest.
- Choice between bachelor's or associate's degrees, depending on your educational goals.
- Opportunity to earn college credit while interning at a variety of agencies and organizations, giving you practical experience that can lead to a full-time position at your intern site.
- A student/teacher ratio of 14:1.
- Day, evening and online courses to accommodate your busy schedule.
- Chance to minor in one of more than a dozen academic areas.
- Unmatched personal attention and academic advisement.
- Opportunity to learn from top-notch professors who have real-world experience in the criminal justice field.
- Job search guidance in the profession.
- Outstanding job opportunities after graduation.
- Develop invaluable relationships with professors that last long after you've graduated.