Applying knowledge of the systems that interact in criminal justice matters, students become effective negotiators and agents for change.
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
A Criminal Justice Degree for a Better Tomorrow
Criminal Justice majors at Marist learn and apply critical thinking and criminological theory to address the many issues relevant to the creation of a just society. They examine the concept of crime from multiple perspectives and engage in internship opportunities that bring into focus the importance of developing theories in conjunction with a “boots on the ground” experience.
Learn From Professionals With Experience in the Field
Marist’s Criminal Justice faculty come from a variety of industry backgrounds and experiences to share with students which results in well-rounded professionals entering the field. Due to our small class sizes, our faculty are able to provide one-on-one attention to each of our students, advising them in their unique paths toward successful careers in the Criminal Justice system. Meet a few of our faculty members below, or view all Criminal Justice faculty >
Along with his title of Associate Professor, Dr. Conyers is also the Director for Academic Diversity and Inclusion at Marist College. His teaching and research interests center on criminology, deviant behavior, corrections, social psychology, and race relations.
Dr. Bergold is a psychologist with a dual specialization in Psychology and Law and Basic and Applied Social Psychology. Her inter-disciplinary line of research explores how decision-making influences the accuracy of legal and criminal justice outcomes.
Develop the Skills You Need to Succeed
Students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion to support effective practices in their fields.
Experience hones workplace demeanor and guides ethical decision making in employment settings.
Students become engaging public speakers, able to read an audience and generate productive discussion.
Students master the technology platforms that will support their success in any work environment.
Students use empirical tools to develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and form evidence-based conclusions.
Prepare For Success With Criminal Justice Internships
At Marist, we believe practical experience in the field is essential to developing career preparedness. That’s why our Criminal Justice program determines specialized internship opportunities for all of our students. With over 75 internship opportunities, our students are continually forming relationships with our local, state, and federal partners, and they often engage in more than one internship. Our students have interned with the US Marshals, the Dutchess County District Attorney, and the Secret Service, to name a few. These connections are invaluable for our students, as many are offered paid positions after completing their internships.
Criminal Justice Careers From Secret Service to Forensics
At Marist, we are focused on providing our Criminal Justice students with the tools and experience they need to pursue successful and meaningful careers in their area of Criminal Justice. While many of our students do enter law enforcement post-graduation, there is a wide range of career opportunities for students who complete a Criminal Justice degree from Marist, including law, forensics, criminology, youth outreach, and many more. Here are just a few examples of career placements Marist Criminal Justice students have achieved after completing their degree.
Marist Criminal Justice By the Numbers
Ninety-nine percent of School of Social and Behavioral Sciences graduates are employed or attending graduate school within the first 6 months of graduation.
NYC is the second-most popular city in the nation for careers in Criminal Justice, located just 90 minutes from the Marist campus.
According to the Bureau of Justice, over 3 million people are currently employed in the Criminal Justice industry.
The Value of a Marist Education
At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.