Carolyn Vacca, Chair
The criminology and criminal justice major is housed within the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Several features distinguish St. John Fisher University's criminology and criminal justice major from other programs in the area, including, but not limited, to the following:
- By marrying the two disciplines of criminology and criminal justice in one department, the University is following the lead of the best institutions in the country, acknowledging that similar levels of scientifically driven analyses must be used to study those who offend the law, as well as the system/process established to respond to them.
- The major reflects the strong liberal arts tradition of St. John Fisher University, with courses drawn from many of the arts and sciences, to enable a multidisciplinary approach to the study of crime and the criminal justice system.
- The faculty are not just academically trained criminologists; most also have extensive and diverse backgrounds in the field of criminal justice, from law enforcement and corrections to program/policy evaluation and analysis.
- Our faculty are responsive to the most current scholarly, empirical, and programmatic information available in the national and international study of crime and criminal justice.
The completion of the major leads to the Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Criminal Justice.