SUNY Oswego has begun transitioning its public justice major to criminal justice, a move that modernizes the program, boosts its rigor in alignment with national standards and makes its name more recognizable to graduate schools and employers.
New students in fall 2018 had the option to enter SUNY Oswego as criminal justice majors, while existing majors could switch to criminal justice or opt to finish their college years in public justice. Those new to the discipline in the spring semester will declare a criminal justice major.
The SUNY system and the state Education Department approved the sweeping updates in curriculum. The college also has applied to rename the department as criminal justice.
Dr. Roger Guy, chair of the department, said criminal justice is far from just a name change. Students have to take an additional nine credit hours’ worth of courses, some of them new and all of them subject to revisions and updates following a lengthy review of the nearly four-decades-old public justice curriculum.
Elective courses reflect the broad range of fields that rely on today’s criminal justice graduates: forensic anthropology, criminalistics chemistry, family systems, counseling, ethics and the law, program planning and evaluation, community policing and organized crime law enforcement, to name a few.
For more information on the criminal justice program or on minors in criminal justice, forensic science and interdisciplinary pre-law, visit oswego.edu/criminal-justice or call 315-312-4121.
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