Criminal Justice Major & Minor

Where degrees 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.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Police and detectives
  • Paralegals and legal assistants
  • Fish and game wardens
  • Protective service workers
  • Probation officer and correctional treatment specialists


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

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?

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.

Meet the criminal justice faculty.

Hartwick’s dynamic sociology and criminal justice faculty research and teach in a vast range of areas, and draw students right into the heart of their inquiry.

Ryan Ceresola
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Areas of expertise:
criminology, criminal justice, political sociology, rural sociology, civic engagement
Elena Chernyak
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Department Chair
Ph.D., University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Areas of expertise:
sociology, social work, women’s studies, gender-based violence and inequality, social theories, feminist theories, social psychology, family studies, Soviet/post-Soviet societies.
Laurel Elder
Professor of Political Science
Ph.D., The Ohio State University
Areas of expertise:
American politics with a particular focus on public opinion and voting, political parties and elections, and the politics of race, ethnicity, and gender.
Amber M. Kerwin
Visiting Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
MA, Boston University
Areas of expertise:
criminal justice, corrections, juvenile delinquency, policing, police investigations.
Laura Landertinger
Visiting Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ph.D., University of Toronto

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick criminal justice experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

Learn more.

For specific inquiries, contact Laurel Elder, professor of political science, or Amy Forster Rothbart, associate professor of political science,

View the Curricular Requirements (PDF)

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