Why Study Public Justice at Oswego?

This is an exciting time to study Public Justice at SUNY Oswego. The field is changing rapidly, and our programs offer great hands-on experiences.

Features of Oswego’s program:

You’ll work with great teachers. Many of us are former practitioners or currently active in Public Justice and we use lots of hands-on, interactive teaching methods.

You’ll get experience. The Public Justice Practicum course gives students a valuable opportunity to gain practical experience in an occupation of interest, to make professional contacts, and to prepare for their future careers.

You’ll be ready for your next step. With great advising and internship opportunities, you’ll follow in the footsteps of our accomplished alumni. Or, you’ll be ready to blaze a new trail.

One more reason. Careers in Public Justice open a range of employment possibilities for graduates of our program.

Careers are Categorized as follows:

Law Enforcement - Investigative - Corrections
Courts - Law -Government Administration
Human Services - Community Rehabilitation Programs


Additional Government, Law & Law Enforcement, Protective Services & International Occupations:

Law Enforcement Agents: Immigration & Naturalization Service Officers, enforce immigration laws of the U.S. They question applicants seeking entry, prevent entry of illegal aliens, combat smuggling of illegal aliens and goods, verify legal status of applicants for naturalization. Border Patrol Agents are the uniformed enforcement arm of the INS. They patrol the 6,000 miles of land and sea boundaries of the U.S. to prevent the smuggling and illegal entry of aliens into the U.S. They also cooperate with other Federal and local law enforcement agencies to intercept narcotics and other contraband being smuggled into the U.S. Conservation Officers patrol districts to prevent violation of game laws and damage to the environment, arrest offenders, and compile biological data on fish and wildlife. They enforce the laws and regulations of hunting and fishing, and also teach people conservation and safety practices, as well as work to preserve and enhance natural resources.

Forensic Scientists (Crime Lab Analysts or Criminalists) use scientific principals and methods to analyze, identify, and classify physical evidence relating to criminal or suspected criminal cases. They interpret their findings and then present the findings of their work to those conducting an investigation.

Corrections Officers maintain security and direct, manage, and counsel inmates in local jails, precinct station houses, or prisons. Local jails hold persons who have not yet been charged, tried or convicted of crimes, or who are serving sentences of tweleve months or less. Prisons hold convicted inmates serving more than one year.

Drug Enforcement Special Agents (DEA Special Agents) enforce the laws and regulations pertaining to the manufacture, transportation, and distribution of illicit drugs. They seize illegal drug shipments and investigate international and nationwide narcotics violators.

Fingerprint Classifiers record, catalog and compare fingerprints of unknown persons or of persons suspected of a crime with fingerprint records to try to find match. Latent Fingerprint Examiners process crime scenes to find, draw out, and photograph the latent imprints of fingers that made them.

Foreign Service Officers represent the government of the U.S. in posts overseas. They conduct relations with foreign countries and international organizations, and are in charge of administrative support at diplomatic and consular posts. Foreign Service specialists serve as secretaries, communications technicians, financial and personnel managers, security experts, physicians and nurses, among other specialties.

Intelligence Officers collect, evaluate and disseminate vital information on political , military, economic, scientific, and other developments abroad in order to safeguard national security. Hiring agencies include the CIA, FBI, Dept. of State, Dept. of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency, National Security Agency, Treasure Dept., Secret Service, DEA, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as well as several intelligence branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Special Agents, Bureau of Diplomatic Security protect foreign dignitaries visiting the U.S., the U.S. Secretary of State, and other representatives of the U.S. Government. They also conduct criminal and background investigations.