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Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Programs to meet society's criminal justice needs have grown within the past decade. Simultaneously, the demand for professionals to work in corrections, probation, crime prevention, and court work has skyrocketed.

The Criminal Justice Program has been designed to provide a broad education with emphasis in criminal law, the dynamics of crime and society, government, the social sciences and liberal arts/humanities. The program is structured so that students may opt to take a reduced academic course load, to transfer into the Law Enforcement Associate in Applied Science degree program, or to transfer to a four-year college/university.

Criminal Justice courses comprise approximately 34 percent of the curriculum's required courses, whereas the remaining 66 percent of coursework is taken in the liberal arts/humanities and the social sciences. The concentration is in the liberal arts/humanities and social sciences, and affords students tremendous flexibility in terms of future career choices or further study.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to enter such fields as law enforcement, corrections, the courts, emergency services, juvenile justice/child advocacy, victim advocacy or other human services professions; or they may transfer and pursue a four-year degree.

Program Competencies

Upon graduation with an Associate in Science degree in Criminal Justice, the graduate will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice vocabulary;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical and historical background in the three parts of criminal justice: law enforcement, courts and corrections;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the theories and causes of crime: economic, sociological and psychological;
  • demonstrate a working knowledge of the New York State Penal Code and the Criminal Procedure Law; and
  • obtain these competencies as outlined by the college's Social Science Department.

Admission/Academic Advisement

SUNY Transfer Path Requirement

Students matriculating in this program are required to fulfill the SUNY Transfer Path Requirement that most closely aligns with the program. Speak to your advisor for details.

Department Notes

Students entering this program must be physically able to fulfill all requirements. Students are encouraged to consult an adviser in the department regarding scheduling.


Total Degree Credits: 61.0

First Year, Fall Semester
CR 150 - Introduction to Criminal Justice Credit Hours: 3
CR 160 - Criminology Credit Hours: 3
EN 110 - College Composition Credit Hours: 3
PE ___ - Elective (Open) Credit Hours: 1
SUNY General Education - Natural Science Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 2)

First Year, Spring Semester
CR 170 - Criminal Law Credit Hours: 3
EN 111 - Composition and Interpretation of Literature Credit Hours: 3
PS 100 - General Psychology Credit Hours: 3
Criminal Justice Elective (Criminal Justice Elective, Homeland Security Elective, Crime Scene Technology Electice) Credit Hours: 3
SUNY General Education Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 4)

Second Year, Fall Semester
CR 220 - Criminal Justice Ethics Credit Hours: 3
CR 260 - Criminal Courts and Procedures Credit Hours: 3
GO 101 - American Government I Credit Hours: 3
SUNY General Education - Mathematics Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 1)
SUNY General Education Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 4)
__ - Open Elective Credit Hours: 3

Second Year, Spring Semester
CR 250 - Introduction to Corrections Credit Hours: 3
GO 102 - American Government II Credit Hours: 3
SO 100 - Introduction to Sociology Credit Hours: 3
SUNY General Education - Humanities Elective Credit Hours: 3 (Note 3)
Math/Natural Science Elective Credit Hours: 3

Note: General Education Requirements and Course Listings

  1. Course must be from the approved list of SUNY General Education courses in the Mathematics category.
  2. Course must be from the approved list of SUNY General Education courses in the Natural Science category.
  3. Course must be from the approved list of SUNY General Education courses in the Humanities category.
  4. Course must be from the approved list of SUNY General Education courses in one of the following categories: American History, Western Civilization, Other World Civilizations, or Foreign Language. The student cannot use two courses from the same category.

This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering. 

Available At:

City Campus
North Campus
South Campus

Pre-Admission Recommendations:

Four Years of English
Two Years of Math
Two Years of Natural Science
Two Years of Social Science

Career Opportunities/Further Education:

Law Enforcement Agencies
Corrections Facilities
or Transfer to a Four-year Program

Hegis Code:


Curriculum Code:



Business & Public Service
Criminal Justice

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