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Criminal Justice (A.S.)

Study criminal justice at JCC

Directly influence how crimes are brought to light and justice is delivered. A degree in Criminal Justice from Jamestown Community College prepares you for careers in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections through classroom work and field experience.

Criminal justice is the process of how crimes are solved, mysteries are explained, and people are protected. Lead the front lines as a police officer or dispatcher. Take on a case as a crime scene investigator or forensic scientist. Be a voice of justice in the court systems as a defense attorney, prosecutor, or victim advocate. Work directly with those who need your help most as a counselor, case worker, or psychologist.

The A.S. degree prepares you for transfer to continue coursework in criminal justice and pursue careers in local, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies, as well as non-government organizations. You can also apply to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy, which offers you opportunities in sheriff and police departments and agencies.

JCC’s Criminal Justice program is highly recognized and has consistently excellent enrollment. Many local officials in law enforcement earned their degree from JCC.

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Where You Can Work

Where You Can Work

  • Sheriff’s department, state and local police, FBI
  • Legal system and courts
  • Social service agencies
  • Private companies

Job Roles

Job Roles

  • With advanced education: lawyer, private investigator, forensic psychologist
  • After JCC graduation: law enforcement, probation, corrections

Get Involved

Future in criminal justice

As a graduate of the Criminal Justice program, you’ll leave ready for a career in local, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies, as well as non-government organizations.

Our alumni have worked at the local and regional level in county sheriff’s departments, state police, Seneca Nation marshals, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation police. They have also worked with the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

You can also continue your studies in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy. The academy’s training program provides successful graduates with 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.

Law Enforcement Courts Corrections

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

Prosecutor
Defense attorney
Judge
Bailiff
Court clerk
Court reporter
Victim advocate

Corrections officer
Probation officer
Parole officer
Counselor
Warden/superintendent
Psychologist/psychiatrist
Case worker
Vocational/academic teacher

Courses

Semester 1

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CRI 1510: Intro to Criminal Justice

3 Applied Learning

Elective

3

PSY 1510: General Psychology or

SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology

3 Social Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science

3 Natural Sciences Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 Humanities College Composition

INT 1520: Student Success Seminar or

INT 1555: Inquire

1-2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Engage with Learning Center early on for math and English tutoring.
  • If interested in taking SOC 2560: Criminology, enroll in SOC 1510.
  • Criminal justice courses of interest to student’s career pathway must be discussed with faculty advisor.
  • It’s important to understand the SUNY Gen Ed and JCC requirements for the degree program.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Program Core Elective

Recommended:

CRI 1320: Intro to Law Enforcement or

CRI 1520: Intro to Corrections or

CRI 2530: Criminal Law

3

Program Core Elective

Choose CRI electives pursuant to concentration area

3

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Basic Communication Oral Communication

MAT 1500: Problem Solving

3 Math Mathematical Reasoning

Social Sciences Elective*

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology or

HIS 1510: World History before 1500 or

HIS 1520: World History since 1500 or

HIS 1530: US History before 1865 or

HIS 1540: US History after 1865 or

PSY 1510: General Psychology or

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

3 American History Other World Civilizations Western Civilization Global Perspectives
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • Criminal justice courses of interest to student’s career pathway must be discussed with faculty advisor.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Program Core Electives

Recommended:

CRI 1320: Intro to Law Enforcement or

CRI 1520: Intro to Corrections or

CRI 2530: Criminal Law or

SOC 2560: Criminology

3

Program Core Electives

Choose CRI electives pursuant to concentration area

3

Elective

Recommended:

SOC 2540: Deviant Behavior or

SOC 2580: Race and Ethnicity or

PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior or

PSY 2580: Forensic Psychology

3 Social Sciences

Elective

Recommended:

CMM 1610: Public Speaking

3 Arts

Elective

3
  • Work with advisor or Counseling and Career Center about transfer options.

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

Program Core Elective

Choose CRI electives pursuant to concentration area

3

CRI 2550: Ethics in Criminal Justice

3

Elective*

Recommended:

ANT 1520: Intro to Cultural Anthropology or

HIS 1510: World History before 1500 or

HIS 1520: World History since 1500 or

HIS 1530: US History before 1865 or

HIS 1540: US History after 1865 or

PSY 1510: General Psychology or

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

3 American History Other World Civilizations Western Civilization Cultural Understanding Diverse Perspectives

Elective

Recommended:

ASL 1510: Introductory Sign Language I or

SPA 1510: Introductory Spanish I

3 Foreign Languages Cultural Understanding

Elective

2
  • *Requirements Met depends on course choice.
  • Apply for graduation.
  • Check with the financial aid office about credit load, aid eligibility, and Excelsior scholarship.