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Criminology, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Cortland, NY, United States
The B.A. in Criminology from Suny Cortland  will allow you to focus on the nature and causes of crime as well as on the analysis of crime control policy all within the context of a broad liberal arts education.
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Upon successful completion of this Criminology program at Suny Cortland, students will be able to:

  • Acquire a solid knowledge base in the discipline of sociology, the discipline from which criminology emerged.
  • Develop a theoretical and practical understanding of the causes and consequences of, and the range of societal responses to, crime.
  • Collect information necessary to address a research topic or hypothesis through library research, analysis of electronic data sources, and both quantitative and qualitative analytical techniques.
  • Develop an ability to think critically and creatively about the society we live in, and communicate their ideas and the ideas of others clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Develop an understanding of the relevance of social stratification along class, race, ethnic, gender, disability, sexual orientation and age lines for both criminal behavior and the criminal justice system.
  • Prepare (through course work and experiential learning) for graduate study and/or successful careers in criminology or related fields.

Career Potential

  • Law enforcement
  • Substance abuse counseling
  • Corrections
  • Criminal investigation
  • Probation
  • Social work
  • Youth counseling
  • Human services

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Applications are reviewed on a rolling admissions basis, so decisions may occur prior to the deadlines. 

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    124 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Global Criminology 
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Criminological Theory
  • Methods of Social Research
  • The Criminal Justice System
  • Sociology of Law 

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

All admissions applications are individually reviewed. Decisions are based on criteria such as academic performance in the classroom, class rank, extracurricular activities, personal statements and recommendations. Application materials include the following:

  • The Common Application or the SUNY Application
  • Official transcript or results from the General Equivalency Diploma (GED). If you have prior military service, Discharge papers.
  • SUNY Supplemental Form (if you submitted the SUNY Application)
  • Personal statement or essay (at least 250 words)
  • At lease one recommendation from a teacher or college counselor using the Teacher/Counselor Evaluation Form.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    16980 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16980 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    7070 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7070 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cortland

  • 874 - 1910 USD/month
    Living Costs

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