Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice / Public Policy & Leadership
Utica College

Program Details

Criminals continue to advance their techniques through technology, as well as skate the edge of legal loopholes, taking advantage of non-existent or loosely-defined laws. You’ll find the issues related to criminal justice span the globe, entering the homes and business of its residents in a physical and virtual manner, threatening homeland security, and demanding immediate policy changes to protect the innocent and prosecute the guilty.

The Public Policy & Leadership specialization curriculum prepares you to:

  • Recognize issues within an organization and management of criminal justice agencies, including police departments, prosecutors' offices, courts, jails, prisons, and community corrections.
  • Demonstrate theories of public policy making, mechanics of the process, methods of examining policy impacts, and how criminal studies policy can affect and be affected by research.
  • Communicate effectively about the principles and problems of public administration including the bureaucratic politics, organization theory, decision-making, leadership, personnel management, budgeting, regulation, program implementation, ethics, and accountability.
  • Describe ways in which policy is formulated, adopted, and implemented in the political system.
  • Address all functional areas of management including key management responsibilities of planning, organizing, controlling, leading, and staffing. 
  • Address ethical issues and social responsibilities, change, and global challenges.
  • Address healthcare ethics and medical ethics and develop moral reasoning and decision-making skills as well as the relationthips between ethical theory and medical theory.
  • Analyze the interrelationships among religious, national, and racial minority groups and their dominant majorities in America.


Bachelor completion requires 120 credits, including transfer credits.
Must have an associate's degree, or have earned a minimum of 57 credits from an accredited institution prior to enrolling in the program.

  • Minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • Resume
  • Other application materials as requested

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education