Criminal Justice Syracuse Campus BA

The criminal justice completion degree program at SUNY Oswego's Syracuse campus is designed for transfer and returning students. The program emphasizes social and behavioral sciences combined with specialized in-depth research and study in your area of interest.


Centered primarily in the social and behavioral sciences, the program combines a liberal arts education, in-depth study in your area of interest and supervised fieldwork.  The optional internship gives you the opportunity to apply classroom learning in real-world settings, and enables you to make contact with working professionals — and possible employers. Add a forensic science minor — or double-major in criminal justice and psychology, sociology or political science — to more fully prepare for career or graduate school plans. Choose evening or online options to fit coursework around your work or family schedule. Excel and you can work as a peer adviser or undergraduate assistant in certain courses, and you may be eligible to join Alpha Delta Omega, the public justice honor society.


Because the Syracuse program is a completion degree for transfer students we highly recommend working with an academic planning coordinator before you apply.  Our coordinators will help you determine if you have appropriate credits for our criminal justice program so you will be successful. 

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  • Enhanced skills in oral and written communication, analytical ability, critical thinking, computer and information literacy, and self-directed learning
  • Ability to relate theory to the practices, policies and processes of the systems in criminal justice
  • Broad understanding of the policies and processes of the systems and institutions in the criminal justice field and the social problems criminal justice institutions are intended to solve
  • Ability to examine various social problems from both historical and contemporary perspectives and the role of criminal justice institutions in dealing with such social problems

Career Opportunities

  • Law
  • Law enforcement
  • Court administration
  • Social work
  • Institutional corrections
  • Child welfare
  • Private security
  • Mediation

Program Resources

Academic Planning Coordinators work with students enrolled in our online completion degree programs. They will help to chart the most time-efficient path to degree completion possible. Your coordinator will help you navigate this path based on when you are accepted, how many credits you are transferring and your intended graduation date.

We highly recommend speaking to an academic planning coordinator before you apply to the program.


Admission Requirements

Transfer credits

Students must have an associate degrees in business or approximately 60 equivalent credits in business

Transfer GPA

Transfer students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.3


Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from each college or university previously attended

    Applicants with a gap in their educational history are required to complete the Transfer Application Supplement. 

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