Jun 15, 2024  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Criminal Justice, A.S.

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Associate in Science Degree Program

This program may be completed online or on campus.

Hegis Code: 5505
NYSED Code: 79415

Program Description

Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Science degree. The Criminal Justice program is designed to offer an educational experience for criminal justice practitioners, individuals seeking employment in the field, and concerned citizens wishing to become better informed about the administration of justice. Graduates can expect their college studies to prepare them to go on to baccalaureate studies or to accept employment related to criminal justice.

Program Outcomes

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the overall criminal justice system in the United States, its history, development, organization, integration and procedures;
  • Describe the development and sources of law in the United States, including the U.S. Constitution and constitutional applications of criminal procedure and how it’s precepts apply to the State of New York;
  • Summarize theories of the nature of crime, the causes of criminal behavior and the methods of treating and preventing crime;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the moral, ethical, and legal obligations of criminal justice professionals with an ability to apply ethical knowledge and practices to a broad range of situations commonly faced by practicioners within the fields of criminal justice;
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to formulate, present, and defend logical arguments;
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using multiple mediums (oral & written) individually and collectively while working productively with others.

Employment Potential

Graduates of the program have obtained professional careers in the criminal justice system at the local, State, and federal levels. Although some graduates begin their careers immediately after completing this Associate in Science degree, most continue their academic studies at a four‐year institution and embark on their careers after completing baccalaureate degree requirements. In addition, some graduates become lawyers after attending law school.

Graduates are currently pursuing careers with the Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs, Border Patrol, New York State Police, New York Department of Corrections Services, New York State University Police, New York/New Jersey Port Authority Police, Ulster County Sheriff’s Department, Ulster County Probation Department, and various local police departments, including New York City.

Note:  Subject to current New York Correction Law and other applicable law, convictions for criminal offenses may preclude employment in many of the fields of criminal justice and may prevent optional internship opportunities.

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 CAPS, The Gary and Janaki Patrik 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



Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements .

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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