Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
The Criminal Justice major at Nyack is designed to equip its students with the integrity and Christian character needed to face the unique challenges of working in the criminal justice field. With a biblical cornerstone, the program trains students to understand the legal, philosophical and moral foundations of the criminal justice system. Student are prepared to be community engagers as well as practitioners who seek to help and comfort.
The criminal justice program at Nyack is unique due to the emphasis on the restorative justice approach. Restorative justice is a philosophical framework which emphasizes the need to focus on the way in which crime harms relationships and communities. This framework is firmly rooted in the biblical principles of healing, restitution and reconciliation. The student’s educational experience culminates in a hands-on internship experience giving them the unique opportunity to gain practical experience, insight and skills into the criminal justice domain.
The program is structured to meet the content area mandates as recommended by the Academy of Criminal Justice Science. These mandates include having coursework in the following areas: administration of justice, corrections, criminological theory, law adjudication, law enforcement as well as research and analytic methods.
Students will be able to:
- theorize about crime and criminal behavior with an understanding of religious, cultural, legal and ethical factors.
- understand the political implications of crime and enforcement.
- successfully incorporate other topics in criminal justice (ethics, punishment, process) which mandates students to consider when applying criminal law.
- acquire knowledge of the limitations and misinterpretations associated with constitutional rights.
- understand the constitutional provisions most important to criminal law.
- self-analyze how personal values may conflict with the ethical standards held by criminal justice.
- demonstrate evidence of critical reflection on the concept of restorative justice.
The degree provides a solid education on the current philosophical framework in criminal justice and prepares students for careers in the following areas: policing, probation and parole, corrections, private security, social welfare services, loss prevention, intelligence specialist, and court professionals.
Dr. Charles Awasu, Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice. B.A., University of Cape Coast; M.S., New Hampshire College; Ph.D. Syracuse University.
Jennifer Kimble, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice. B.A., George Mason University; M.A., Eastern Mennonite University.
Miguel Sanchez, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Criminal Justice. B.A., Fordham University; M.A., Alliance Theological Seminary; Ph.D. (ABD), Fordham University.
"The Criminal Justice program helps students understand the many phases of criminal justice, and seeks to be the light of difference in the next generation of law enforcement." Kristalyn Principe, Class of 2015
“My experience was incredibly positive. The accessibility I had to each of my professors was so helpful in my growing academically. The smaller class sizes enabled me to engage and discuss controversial topics and really forced us to develop stronger and more efficient critical thinking.” Michael Smith, Class of 2016