Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
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Program Description

In the maze of modern law enforcement and legal proceedings, demand for highly qualified criminal justice professionals is heard in police stations, correctional facilities, and campus security headquarters. Accordingly, the criminal justice curriculum prepares students for employment in the various areas of criminal justice and for further education if desired.

The Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement curriculum is designed to provide a foundation in the theory and execution of law and to prepare students to assume responsible positions in any of a variety of criminal justice agencies. Sixty percent of the courses in the curriculum focus on criminal justice while the other 40 percent are in social sciences, humanities and liberal arts.

Graduates of the program can serve as police officers at the state, county, or local level. Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement graduates qualify to work in private or industrial security or as a conservation officer, correctional officer, or campus security officer. Students anticipating doing any type of investigative work will benefit from this curriculum (rather than the Criminal Justice Associate in Science option).

The program prepares students to transfer to four-year institutions offering bachelor's degrees in Criminal Justice and related fields.

When students graduate from this program, they will be able to step into almost any facet of criminal justice work and not only feel comfortable, but have a thorough understanding of the functions of the particular area they have entered. They should have the knowledge and the background to make them excellent practitioners in the field and be an asset to the agency that hires them.

Degree: Associate in Applied Science
Hegis: 5505
Curriculum Code: 1035.CLE
Campus Location: North and Distance
Business & Public Service Division

Available at:
North and Distance

Pre-Admission Recommendations:
2 years Math
1 year Science

Career Opportunities/Further Education:
Law Enforcement Agencies
Corrections Facilities


Did You Know?

A significant number of courses have been renumbered as part of the State University of New York's policies which promote student mobility, through transfer of academic credit, to other SUNY institutions. All courses should be numbered at the 100-200 levels. The Listing Reference contains both the old and new numbers which should aid students in their choice of courses.


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