The A.S. program in criminal justice is intended for students interested in fields such as law enforcement, corrections, probation, investigations, and other criminal justice related fields. In addition, this program is intended to prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university to earn a baccalaureate degree in an area of criminal justice.


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
27 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
Humanities Electives

Up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

3 (X) H
PSY 1510: General Psychology or SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology3 SOSC S SR, (VEDP)
Social Science Electives

Up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

6 (X-X) S
Mathematics Electives (college level)

3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific.

Mathematics and Sciences Electives

Up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

6 (X-X) N
Core Requirements
21 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
CRI 1510: Introduction to Criminal Justice3 S

At least 9 CRI credits numbered 2000 or higher and at least 2 of the following courses must be taken:

CRI 1320: Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CRI 1520: Introduction to Corrections3
CRI 2530: Criminal Law3
SOC 2560: Criminology3
12 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

Up to 9 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

Important Points
  • Recommended mathematics and sciences electives include MAT 1540, CSC 1510, and CRI 2540.

  • Criminal justice electives should be selected with career goals in mind. Working closely with the academic advisor will help assure the correct mix of electives.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad components (duties and responsibilities) of the criminal justice system, i.e. the police, courts, and corrections.
  2. Analyze the interactions of police, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system.
  3. Communicate effectively, in oral and written form, their understanding and analyses of crime and justice issues as they apply their knowledge to real-world problems and questions.
  4. Identify the different stages of the criminal justice process. 

Transfer Agreements

Our courses and programs are designed to give you a strong foundation in your area of study. But we know that for many of you, your time at JCC is just the first step in your educational journey. And when it's time for you to take your next step, that strong foundation, coupled with the wide variety of transfer agreements we maintain with several top colleges and universities, will help make your transfer process as smooth as possible. Learn More
It is important when planning your transfer to talk with your advisor about the specifics of each four-year college or university. 

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