What Is Criminal Justice?
Criminal justice refers to the “agencies of social control that
handle offenders.” These agencies include police departments,
courts and correctional facilities.
What is the Legal Studies
The Legal Studies Program is approved by the American Bar
Association (ABA) and gives students a foundation in the American
legal system. Classes include Legal Research, Legal Writing, Civil
Litigation, Intellectual Property, Family Law and Administrative
Law. The program’s advisory board includes a federal judge, a law
school professor, practicing attorneys and legal assistants.
Legal assistants and paralegals may not provide legal
services directly to the public, except as permitted by
For more information on careers in Legal Studies, see What Can I Do With My Major.
This department offers programs of study for A.S. and B.S.
degrees in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies. Click on the heading for
a complete listing of degrees as well as co-op and internship
The professors in the Criminal Justice program are highly
qualified academically and have many years of professional
experience. They are practitioners from the fields of law
enforcement, the judiciary, corrections, prosecution, forensic
science and law.
The Legal Studies full time faculty are experienced attorneys
and educators who have practiced, lectured and published in many
and varied areas of law. The Legal Studies Director is past
President of the American Association for Paralegal Education. The
faculty are committed to assisting students successfully begin
their careers and preparing them for future law-related
Keith B. Carrington, Ph.D.
Chair, Criminal Justice and Legal
Angelo Pisani, Ph.D.
Assistant Chair, Criminal Justice
Staten Island Campus
Criminal Justice Undergraduate
Bernard G. Helldorfer, J.D.
Program Director, Legal
Thomas John Ward, Ph.D.
Criminal Justice Leadership Graduate
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