Criminal Justice

If you would like to contact a person to speak to you about Criminal Justice, please call or e-mail Dr. Daniela Peterka-Benton, our Criminal Justice Program Director. 

The Bachelor of Arts degree program in Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary curriculum that offers broad based knowledge of crime and delinquency, criminal law and procedure, police science and security, and the juvenile justice system.

The curriculum includes courses in criminal law and procedure, crime theory, human deviant behavior, police science, security, corrections, statistics and research methods. Graduates will be prepared for careers in the field of juvenile justice, court system administration, law enforcement, adult corrections, rehabilitation, crime data analysis and security at the city, county, state and federal level. 

Students also have the opportunity to complete an internship as part of their Criminal Justice program. Participating internship sponsors include local police and sheriff departments, the county district attorney’s office, Department of Probation, New York State Department of Corrections, local courts, and the Chautauqua County Victim/Witness program.

While not required, students are strongly advised to complete a minor in a related discipline given the interdisciplinary characteristics of the Criminal Justice major. Please follow this link for a complete list of minors offered at Fredonia.

Students who are pursuing the bachelor of arts degree must complete a minimum of 120 semester credit hours, including general education, major specific classes and electives. 

Criminal Justice Office

Dr. Daniela Peterka-Benton, Director
W369 Thompson Hall
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3421