Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration Department

The Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration department houses five degree programs: A.A.S. in Criminal Justice, A.S. in Forensic Science, A.A.S. in Public Administration, A.A.S. in Criminal Investigation, A.S. in Criminal Justice, and a certificate in Animal Policy.

Our department creates a broad educational experience that provides students with an understanding of the conditions that cause crime in our communities and the response to our multicultural society. The study of community, crime and justice will include a pedagogical approach that will enhance the students’ understanding of criminal and social justice and lead to opportunities for self-improvement and growth so as to be a contributing member to the justice system and the community.

Our goal is to educate graduates to become critical and ethical members of a diverse society. Upon graduation, our students will demonstrate literacy within their discipline by critically analyzing specific issues in their chosen field of study. Students also will develop analytical skills (research, reasoning, writing) and competencies that lead to appropriate professional behaviors and broader social, political and economic contexts within which the justice system operates.

Our faculty members have chosen this field because of their passion for teaching. A number of our faculty members have received the President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Chancellor’s Award, which is the highest honor a faculty member or administrator can receive at the college. They are involved in professional activities, both on campus and in the community. Six of our faculty members sit on the Academic Senate, and five have seats on the Senate committees. The faculty serves as advisors for the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Association where the main focus is on our students and what they want to see and do here at Hudson Valley Community College, in the community and in the department.

The department is constantly developing new courses to maintain a modern, real-world educational system for our students. In Fall 2011, our Animal Policy Seminar course dealt with animal fighting and the seminar series hosted an array of renowned guest speakers.

Our student population averages approximately 750, but no student is a number to us. We will see you in classrooms, at special events, during advisement, etc. Our faculty will discuss your future plans and offer suggestions and guidance. In our department, students are not just aspiring professionals, they are a part of our community.

Criminal Justice Jump Start
Each year, prior to the start of the fall semester, the department holds a Criminal Justice Jump Start program. The program is designed to help Criminal Investigation, Criminal Justice, Forensic Science and Public Administration majors develop a foundation for college success.

Contact Information

Dr. Ann B. Geisendorfer
Department Chair
Amstuz Science Hall, Suite 300
(518) 629-7342