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Criminal Justice, A.A.S.

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Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5505
NYSED Code: 32702

Program Description

Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. The Criminal Justice A.A.S. degree program is designed to prepare graduates to enter immediately into a variety of criminal justice professions such as local and State law enforcement, corrections, and private sector investigative and public safety occupations. The program is also designed to benefit current criminal justice practitioners seeking to enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities to better perform their respective public or private service responsibilities and increase promotion opportunities.

The A.A.S. degree program is comprised of an increased blend of job‐specific criminal justice course offerings with a reduced concentration of general and liberal arts courses of study. This program offers an optional concentration in forensic investigations through elective course selection. Students who successfully complete the A.A.S. degree in criminal justice may also continue pursuing a baccalaureate degree; however, transfer polices vary, and students should be aware that additional coursework in the general and liberal arts education areas are likely to be required at a four‐year college.

Student Learning Outcomes

At the completion of the AAS in Criminal Justice Degree program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate basic knowledge and an understanding of the structures and operation of law and the criminal justice process and how each of the sub-systems operates individually and integrate as a whole system;
  • Contrast a variety of perspectives on the critical relationship between the community and its protectors and examine issues and strategies that will strengthen the relationship between citizens’ and public service professionals; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the moral, ethical, and legal obligations of criminal justice professionals;
  • Describe fundamental constitutional dimensions and be able to apply knowledge of the authority and limitations of criminal justice practitioners;
  • Evaluate scientific and legal principles and procedures for identifying, gathering, examining, preserving, and presenting forensic evidence at various phases during the investigative process;
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using multiple mediums (oral & written) individually and collectively while working productively with others;
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to formalize, present and defend logical arguments.

Employment Potential

Graduates of the program will be qualified to begin their careers in entry‐level positions in law enforcement and many other criminal justice

Requirements for Program Entry

High school diploma or equivalent
Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster’s Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions  1‐800‐724‐0833 ext. 5018 or 5022


Note AAS:

Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements for the A.A.S. Degree .

All first time college students matriculated in a degree program, including Early College students, former Collegian students now attending the College and students with no prior college experience, are required to take the one-credit FYE 101  course.

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