Criminal Justice Major & Minor

Learn to make a difference.

If you want to make a difference in the world, Hartwick’s criminal justice program could be the right choice for you. Our well-rounded approach will prepare you to thrive in a variety of fast-growing fields after graduation. Hartwick College criminal justice majors are ready to take on the world, to make it a better place, and to lead lives of significance.

Where a background in criminal justice can take you.

Hartwick’s program incorporates criminal justice courses and courses in sociology, and may include courses in philosophy and political science. The program addresses the applied, theoretical, and social justice aspects of the criminal justice system. Graduates will be well prepared for a variety of options, ranging from law and graduate school to careers in correctional and police work or social justice fields.

A closer look.

Hartwick criminal justice students learn to apply criminological and social science theories to the study of the criminal justice system, and to theories about why crime happens and how to prevent it. They become familiar with the ethical problems of the system, as well as how race, class, and gender play a role.

Beyond the basics.

A Hartwick education is all about learning from experience. Hartwick students travel the world, complete internships, and shadow professionals in their chosen field. Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning, so students conduct field research with professors, publish in academic journals, and present at professional conferences. We know the best learning is hands-on learning. Where will it take you?

Putting criminal justice to work.

Those who major in criminal justice often find rewarding careers in:

  • police work
  • corrections
  • social justice activism
  • the legal system
  • social work

Learn more.

For specific inquiries, contact Reid Golden, professor of sociology, at 607-431-4890 or

View the Curricular Requirements (PDF)

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