Facebook pixel

Criminal Justice: Police (A.A.S.)

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.

Printer-friendly version
Where You Can Work

Where You Can Work

  • Sheriff’s department
  • Corrections
  • Private security

Develop Your Skills
Get Involved

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
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 1320: Intro to Law Enforcement

3

CRI 1510: Intro to Criminal Justice

3 Applied Learning

ENG 1510: English Composition I

3 College Composition

Natural Sciences Elective

Recommended:

BIO 1510: Health Science

3 Scientific Reasoning: Natural Sciences

Social Sciences Elective

Recommended:

PSY 1510: General Psychology or

SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology

3 Scientific Reasoning: Social Sciences

INT 1520: Student Success Seminar or

INT 1555: Inquire

1-2 Critical and Integrative Reasoning
  • Engage with the Learning Center early on for math and English tutoring.
  • It’s important for the student to understand the SUNY Gen Ed and JCC requirements for the degree program.

Semester 2

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CRI 1420: Report Writing in Criminal Justice

3 Applied Learning

CRI 2370: Criminal Investigations

3

Mathematics Elective

Recommended:

MAT 1500: Problem Solving

3 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

SOC 1510: Intro to Sociology

3 Global Perspectives

ENG 1530: English Composition II

3 Oral Communication
  • Visit the Counseling and Career Center to prepare a resume and discuss internship opportunities.

Semester 3

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CRI 1560: Homeland Security or

CRI 1600: Intro to Intelligence Studies or

CRI 2510: Police Community Relations or

CRI 2520: Police Administration or

CRI 2540: Criminalistics or

CRI 2650: Juvenile Justice System or

CRI 2570: Organized Crime or

CRI 2580: Intro to Terrorism or

CRI 2610: White Collar Crime

3

CRI 2330: Criminal Procedural Law or

CRI 2530: Criminal Law

3

CRI 2550: Ethics in Criminal Justice

3 Values and Ethics

Elective

Recommended:

CMM 1610: Public Speaking

3

Elective

3

Semester 4

  •   SUNY
  •   JCC
Course Credits Requirements Met

CRI 1290: Physical Fitness for Criminal Justice

2

CRI 1560: Homeland Security or

CRI 1600: Intro to Intelligence Studies or

CRI 2510: Police Community Relations or

CRI 2520: Police Administration or

CRI 2540: Criminalistics or

CRI 2650: Juvenile Justice System or

CRI 2570: Organized Crime or

CRI 2580: Intro to Terrorism or

CRI 2610: White Collar Crime

3

PSY 2560: Abnormal Behavior or

SOC 2560: Criminology or

SOC 2580: Race and Ethnicity or

PSY 2580: Forensic Psychology

3

Elective

Recommended:

ASL 1510: Introductory Sign Language I or

SPA 1510: Introductory Spanish I

3 Cultural Understanding

Elective

2-3
  • Apply for graduation.
  • Students should consider criminal justice one-credit options for open electives.
  • Check with the financial aid office about credit load, aid eligibility, and Excelsior scholarship.
  • Use College Central Network and other resources to begin job search.