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Criminal Justice (B.A.)

Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary field which draws upon the social and behavioral sciences for much of its content as well as its methodologies. At the same time, criminal justice is a profession with an increasingly comprehensive conceptual and knowledge base of its own. Russell Sage College majors learn to understand the overall functioning of the criminal justice system in the United States and may study such specialized areas as legal analysis, victimization, and policy development. They learn to relate theory and practice through formal instruction in research methodology and statistics, and a required internship, all of which provide valuable pre-employment experience. Many graduates of the program move directly into entry-level positions as professionals in the criminal justice system; others choose law school or further study in a range of master’s and doctoral degree programs. In recent years, Sage graduates have accepted positions with the U.S. Marshals and the Internal Revenue Service, as well as with state and local law enforcement agencies, judicial offices, correctional facilities, and victim service programs.

Degree Requirements

Criminal Justice Major Courses

Nature of Crime

Select one of the following courses (SS): 3 Credits

Criminal Justice Applications

Research Support Course: 3 Credits

Social Structural Support Courses

Select one of the following courses (XC): 3 Credits

Additional Criminal Justice Courses

Total credits for Criminal Justice major courses: 42

General Education Requirements – not fulfilled by Major or required Supporting Courses

Humanities/Arts (may include cross-cultural requirement) : 12 Credits

Natural Sciences: 6 Credits

Electives: 38 Credits

Total credits required for degree: 120


If the Language Requirement is satisfied through proficiency or waived, then an additional 6 credits of other humanities must be taken.

Suggested Course Sequence for Students in the BA in Criminal Justice leading to the MS in Occupational Therapy

Students interested in occupational therapy as a career may select Criminal Justice as their undergraduate major. Students complete requirements for the major, RSC general education courses (including 90 credits of liberal arts), and OT program prerequisites during their first three years of study. Qualified students who meet OT program GPA requirements accelerate into the OT graduate courses in the fourth year and complete the baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice. Students complete one more graduate academic year plus fieldwork, and earn the MS in Occupational Therapy. Refer to the Sage Graduate School Catalog for complete information on acceleration into the OT graduate program and entrance requirements.

  • Criminal Justice: Leading to the MS in Occupational Therapy