Understand how to apply what you learn in the classroom to the city around you.
The School of Criminal Justice orients its academic priorities toward integration with the real world, capitalizing on the very real city that acts as an extended classroom. With your degree from one of our three programs, you will be prepared to pursue or further your career in the many federal, state or local agencies throughout the United States that specialize in fields relating to criminal justice, such as law enforcement, courts, corrections or juvenile justice.
In partnership with the school, the Roper Victim Assistance Academy of Maryland is a 40-hour, academically-based education and training program that covers a broad array of topics in victimology, victim's rights and services and victim advocacy throughout the criminal and juvenile processes. Led and coordinated by School of Criminal Justice executive director, Debra L. Stanley, the award-winning academy also sponsors advanced trainings for victim service professionals and victim advocates and provides additional networking opportunities through its alumni association.
The school is also associated with the Information Technology Academy, a partnership with Atius Technology Institute. The academy offers a series of cohort learning sessions in which students gain specialized knowledge in high-demand fields, preparing them for immediate success in the workplace. The noncredit courses offered are particularly relevant for students in UB's undergraduate Forensic Studies program and graduate Forensic Science - High Technology Crime program.
In addition, the School of Criminal Justice is home to the Second Chance College Program, which allows eligible incarcerated individuals at the Jessup Correctional Institution to receive Pell Grants and pursue postsecondary education at UB upon release. UB was among 67 other colleges/universities selected nationwide to participate in the U.S. Department of Education’s Second Chance Pell Grant Experimental Sites Initiative.
Lastly, the school recently acquired Illuminations, a program that uses the critically reviewed artwork of a victim of child sexual abuse as a powerful tool to deepen and enrich the understanding of the nature, impact and legacy of abuse. In a creatively facilitated encounter with the artwork, viewers enter into the artist's most profound reflections on his experience, the abuser, and the ramifications for his family. The end result is an experience of a type of empathy that not only deepens understanding of the victimization of children, but empowers effective action. Debra L. Stanley manages this program.
Through any of our programs, you can participate in a unique, career-preparatory internship and work with our recognized faculty, who bring their working knowledge of the criminal justice field to UB.