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Study criminal justice and police at JCC

With the Criminal Justice associate in applied science degree at SUNY Jamestown Community College, you will be ready to enter the workforce with an associate’s degree. You can pursue careers immediately after graduation in law enforcement, corrections, and security.

You will apply your criminal justice knowledge and critical thinking skills to real-life scenarios, such as evidence collection and data processing in criminal case preparation for law enforcement agencies. You’ll study how criminal justice is impacted by ethical issues like race, ethnicity, social class, and gender.

Our Criminal Justice faculty use their real-life work experience in criminal justice careers to support you in and out of the classroom. They provide personal advisement in career options, networking, and community service, so you graduate ready to excel in your career choice.

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Where You Can Work

Where You Can Work

  • Sheriff’s department
  • Corrections
  • Private security

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What does an A.A.S. Criminal Justice graduate do?

As a graduate of the A.A.S. Criminal Justice program, you’ll be ready to immediately join the workforce with your associate’s degree. You can take the civil service test for corrections officers, apply for a private security position, or apply to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Academy.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy is located at JCC. At the academy, you can earn up to 45 college credits and a certificate of completion from the New York State Certified Basic Police Training Course, which is a legal requirement for municipal police officers in New York.

JCC graduates have worked with local community agencies including Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties’ sheriff's departments, city police departments of Jamestown, Dunkirk, and Olean, and Seneca Nation Marshals. Our alumni have also worked for Disney security, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Law Enforcement Courts Corrections

Patrol officer
Sheriff's deputy
Federal agent
Crime scene investigator
Forensic scientist

Defense attorney
Court clerk
Court reporter
Victim advocate

Corrections officer
Probation officer
Parole officer
Case worker
Vocational/academic teacher


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Applied Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
18 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
Social Sciences Electives6 S (SR)
Mathematics Electives (college level)3 MATH N CMAT
Mathematics and Sciences Electives3 N (SR)
Core Requirements
26 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
CRI 1290: Physical Fitness for Criminal Justice2
CRI 1320: Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CRI 1420: Report Writing in Criminal Justice3
CRI 1510: Introduction to Criminal Justice3 S
CRI 2330: Criminal Procedural Law or CRI 2530: Criminal Law3
CRI 2370: Criminal Investigation3
CRI 2550: Ethics in Criminal Justice3
Any additional CRI course beyond the Core Requirements6
16 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
Important Points
  • Recommended electives include: BIO 1510: Health Science; BIO 1710: Personal Health & Safety; CHE 1500: Introduction to Chemistry; CHE 1550-1560: College Chemistry I or II; or a mathematics course appropriate to the student’s background.
  • CMM 1610: Public Speaking is strongly recommended as an elective.
  • Credit for criminal justice courses may be given to those students who have successfully completed an accredited Basic Recruit School for Police. Arrangements for this corresponding credit must be made through the criminal justice coordinator or admissions director.
Program Student Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of concepts/principles associated with the Criminal Justice process and use them correctly in Criminal Justice based scenarios.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the workings of the criminal justice system by applying definitions, concepts, and principles to law enforcement and the courts.
  3. Apply critical thinking to research, evaluate, analyze, and synthesize the appropriate procedures for the collection of evidence and data in criminal case preparation for law enforcement agencies.
  4. Develop, organize, and write an objective report that meets the legal and detailed requirements of law enforcement agencies.