The criminal justice department of Niagara University offers special study abroad programs specific to criminal justice majors. In the past, the department has traveled to Ireland as well the European countries of Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France.
Criminal Justice 320: Comparative Criminal Justice
This class surveys crime and the criminal justice systems in Ireland and Northern Ireland. A review of the American system of criminal justice will provide the basis for comparison. In addition to the country comparisons, the topics of conflict resolution, restorative justice and peacemaking will receive specialized attention. Some of the goals of the course include the development and expansion of the students’ perspectives of the world, the honing of their critical thinking skills, and international travel. Upon completion of the semester work, students will travel as a group for two weeks throughout Ireland.
Criminal Justice 397: International Justice
This course is designed to introduce students to criminal justice-related issues in a number of countries (Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg and France). Various topics will be explored to ensure that students can actively participate in the lectures and tours as they travel throughout the four countries. This course will focus on law enforcement, courts, corrections, drugs and crime, international crime, human trafficking and international justice. In addition, students will learn to identify, define and describe the various justice issues in Europe and to compare and contrast justice issues in Europe and the United States. Students will examine the general framework and organization of selected criminal justice systems and traditions in order to evaluate the effectiveness of the operation and goals of justice systems in Europe. In addition, students will analyze the impact of the justice process on criminological, global, and social justice issues.