Majors, Minors, & Certificates

Criminal Justice

Siena's interdisciplinary minor in Criminal Justice empowers students to critically examine issues of crime, justice and punishment. By emphasizing theory, research, critical examination of the criminal justice systems, service learning initiatives and internships, students gain a holistic educational experience.

​Program Highlights

  • Small classes
  • Internships
  • Service-learning programs (e.g., Albany City’s Community Accountability Board and Arbor Hill Community Center)
  • Student symposium
  • Project- and team-based learning practices
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips (e.g., correctional facilities)
  • Preparation for careers in education, government, research, the nonprofit sector, law and law enforcement

Skills Developed

  • Critical thinking
  • Research and statistical analysis
  • Understanding of cultural diversity
  • Civic and social responsibility
  • Leadership skills
  • Computer literacy
  • Public speaking

Employers of our Graduates

  • Center for Disability Services
  • New Haven Police Department
  • Fledgling Radio Station
  • Siena’s Office of Academic Community Engagement

Internship Sites

  • United States committee on Refugees and Immigrants
  • Colonie Police Department
  • Local criminal defense firms
  • Rensselaer County Probation Department
  • Unity House
  • Father Peter Young’s (residential living)
  • Exodus Reentry Services

Minors:


Career Opportunities

Probation Officers provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders in custody or on probation or parole. Make recommendations for actions involving formulation of rehabilitation plan and treatment of offender, including conditional release and education and employment stipulations.

Job titles include: Probation Officer, Juvenile Probation Officer, Probation and Parole Officer, Correctional Counselor, Deputy Probation Officer (DPO), Parole Agent, Parole Officer, Probation Counselor, Adult Probation Officer, Deputy Juvenile Officer, Police

Wages:

The median annual wage was $48,190 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow -2-2% from 2012 to 2022.

Police Patrol Officers patrol assigned area to enforce laws and ordinances, regulate traffic, control crowds, prevent crime, and arrest violators.

Job titles include: Police Officer, Patrolman, Patrol Officer, Police Sergeant, State Trooper, Police Patrol Officer, Public Safety Officer, Law Enforcement Officer, Alcohol Law Enforcement Agent, Officer

Wages:

The median annual wage was $55,270 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

Criminal Investigators and Detectives investigate alleged or suspected criminal violations of Federal, state, or local laws to determine if evidence is sufficient to recommend prosecution.

Job titles include: Special Agent, Detective, Investigator, Criminal Investigator, Detective Sergeant, Agent, Master Police Detective, Narcotics Detective, Police Detective, FBI Special Agent (Federal Bureau of Investigation Special Agent), Fugitive Detective, Fugitive Investigator, Narcotics Investigator, Detective Supervisor, Sex Crimes Detective

Wages:

The median annual wage was $74,300 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow -2-2% from 2012 to 2022.

Fraud Examiners, Investigators and Analysts obtain evidence, take statements, produce reports, and testify to findings regarding resolution of fraud allegations. May coordinate fraud detection and prevention activities.

Job titles include: Special Agent, Investigator, Certified Fraud Examiner, Inspector General, Special Investigation Unit Investigator

Wages:

The median annual wage was $61,160 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment is projected to grow 3-7% from 2012 to 2022.

People who work in community and social service occupations are concerned with improving society and the lives of individuals. These workers perform a diverse array of duties that may include counseling individuals with substance abuse and behavioral problems, providing social assistance to improve the social and psychological functioning of families, and offering spiritual and moral guidance to members of a faith.

Wages:

The median annual wage was $44,240 in 2012.

GROWTH FORECAST:

Employment in the social service industry is expected to grow 17.2% by 2020.