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2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

Criminal Justice Department

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Professors: M. Ciobanu
Associate Professors: M. Beaulieu, M. Demir, Z. Gul, S. Park, W. Peters, B. Willingham
Assistant Professors:  J. Moss

Contact Us
Chairperson: Zakir Gul, Associate Professor
Phone: 518-564-3332
Email: zgul001@plattsburgh.edu


Students concerned with problems and issues in law, crime, and related policies find an academic home in the Criminal Justice Department. Studying Criminal Justice means examining how a community defines justice and deviance, how they enforce legal standards, and how societal factors can promote or discourage criminal activity. The Criminal Justice major offers valuable preparation for many different careers in social services, criminal justice, public administration, business, law, and public health. It also meets the needs of active corrections and law enforcement personnel who wish to further their education for personal or professional development and career advancement. Some students pursue graduate study and enter careers in law, teaching, and research. 

Criminal Justice at SUNY Plattsburgh emphasizes a social scientific approach to studying crime and justice. Its subject matter includes social problems such as crime, delinquency, and violence; how our laws and rights apply to individuals; and the legal foundations and theoretical premises of our justice system and its role in society. Faculty in the Criminal Justice Department come from a wide variety of professional and academic backgrounds, with research interests in important current issues such as human rights, incarceration, policing, and domestic violence.

The curriculum leads to the B.A. in Criminal Justice through study in diverse fields such as criminology, political science, psychology, and sociology.  All students complete the core curriculum and courses in four areas:

●Law, Politics and Justice

●Social Justice

●Transnational Crime and International Justice 

●Crime and Deviance.

In addition to required courses, the Criminal Justice curriculum leaves ample credits available for students to pursue a second major, extended internships or study abroad opportunities. Many students choose to complete internships with criminal justice agencies and offices across New York State.

The Criminal Justice B.A is offered at the main campus in Plattsburgh, and students with junior standing may pursue the program at SUNY Plattsburgh’s Branch Campus at Queensbury.  For more information on the Branch Campus, see Branch Campus in the Regional, Local, and Campus Overview section of this catalog. 


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