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Criminal Justice A.S.
The Program (HEGIS Code 5505)
Whether individuals are just finishing high school or are 20-year law enforcement veterans, JCC’s criminal justice degree challenges them to sharpen essential skills and make informed judgments. In today’s fast-paced world, professionals must communicate clearly, analyze situations, and apply proven tactics. Our criminal justice degree includes solid grounding in criminal evidence, criminal administrative procedures, technical writing, psychology, sociology, and American government. Students also choose between criminology and juvenile delinquency while completing requirements in laboratory science and mathematics. There are plenty of electives to choose from including community corrections, sex-crime investigations, interviews/interrogations, and hundreds of classes in other subject areas.
The field of criminal justice is widely varied, containing many diverse job descriptions and opportunities. Many skills will be obtained in this course of study, which are applicable to both transfer students and those seeking employment immediately upon graduation.
Students graduating with an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice will be able to:
- Prepare written material in a criminal justice setting; read, understand and interpret written information;
- Apply written information in the form of laws, policies, procedures, directives, etc., to situations that are similar to experiences faced in the criminal justice system;
- Communicate effectively; and
- Understand the organizational structure of criminal justice agencies.
Assessment of competence in these areas will be measured through the use of examination questions.
JCC’s criminal justice degree leads to professional employment as a police investigator, corrections officer, crime lab technician, probation officer, or dozens of other jobs. Employers at the local, state, and federal level range from Sheriff’s Departments and State Police to Military Police, Border Patrol, FBI, and Secret Service. Areas of specialization include homicide, arson, cyber-crime, drug enforcement, K-9 and SWAT teams.
Approximately 60% of our criminal justice graduates choose to continue their education. As a graduate of Jefferson, you will have many transfer opportunities to consider and will be able to choose from a wide variety of colleges and universities to pursue your baccalaureate degree. Popular transfer institutions for JCC graduates include SUNY Oswego, SUNY Canton, SUNY Potsdam, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, and Rochester Institute of Technology. Additionally, Jefferson has partnered with some select academic institutions and developed agreements that help students transfer smoothly to specific baccalaureate programs. Currently, formal agreements exist with:
Franklin University, Public Safety Management, B.S.
Keuka College, Criminal Justice Systems, B.S.*
SUNY Canton, Emergency Management, B.T.
SUNY Potsdam, Criminal Justice, B.A. (Joint Admission Program)**
* This degree completion program is offered through the Keuka College ASAP (Accelerated Study for Adults Program) in Watertown at the Jefferson Higher Education Center. Classes meet one night each week for 4 hours, plus an additional 5-8 hours outside of class. The baccalaureate degree can be earned in just under 2 years.
**As a student in this joint admissions program, you will be guaranteed placement in the junior class at SUNY Potsdam once you earn an A.S. degree in Criminal Justice from Jefferson Community College.
For Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Students: Students who are Criminal Justice graduates of Bohlen Technical Center in Watertown, Sacket Technical Center in Glenfield, Southwest Technical Center in Gouverneur or Burten Tamer Technical Center in Mexico are eligible for up to 6 college credits from JCC. Please contact criminal justice instructors at any of the above BOCES schools.
Cynthia Shelmidine, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Paul Alteri, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Application and Admissions Information
Office of Admissions
315-786-2277 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522
JCC’s public safety department chair, Cindy Shelmidine, for further information and eligibility requirements.