SUNY Jefferson
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Criminal Justice AS

Program Type: Transfer
Delivery: On-campus or online
Personal Interests: Law and justice, criminal investigation
Skill Development: Problem-solving, communication, leadership
Career Options: Law enforcement, government, military
Program Code: HEGIS 5505

Build the foundation for your law enforcement career

Whether you are a recent high-school graduate, a military veteran, or a law enforcement professional with 20 years of experience, the Criminal Justice A.S. at Jefferson can prepare you for a successful future in law enforcement.

The 63 credit-hour program includes core classes in criminal evidence, criminal administrative procedures, technical writing, psychology, sociology, and American government. You can also choose from electives including community corrections, sex-crime investigations, and interviews and interrogations that will help you sharpen your skills and make informed judgments.

Graduate ready for future studies at a four-year college or a law enforcement academy or put your skills to work right away.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation in criminal procedures and policies
  • Options for in-depth studies in criminology and juvenile detention
  • Career preparation whether you’re a rookie or an experienced professional

Go to work protecting and serving the public

A degree in criminal justice prepares you for professional employment as a police investigator, corrections officer, crime lab technician, probation officer, and dozens of other roles.

You’ll focus on preventing and investigating crimes, apprehending suspected criminals, and managing public safety at the local, state, or federal levels. Employers include city police and sheriff departments, state police or military police, the Border Patrol, the FBI, and the U.S. Secret Service.

Demand for law enforcement professionals is expected to grow by 7 percent through 2026. However, employment opportunities vary by location.

Learn the law and the skills to enforce it

When you complete the Criminal Justice A.S. degree you will be able to:

  • Read, understand, and interpret written information and prepare written reports
  • Apply laws, policies, procedures, and directives in criminal-justice settings
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the organizational structure of criminal justice agencies

Transfer to the bachelor’s program of your choice

While the Criminal Justice A.S. prepares students to enter many law enforcement training programs, approximately 60 percent of our graduates choose to continue their education at area colleges and universities.

Formal transfer agreements with the following institutions make transfer especially smooth:

  • Columbia College, Criminal Justice Administration B.A.
  • Franklin University, Public Safety Management B.S.
  • Keuka College, Criminal Justice Systems B.S.1
  • SUNY Canton, Emergency Management B.T.
  • SUNY Empire State College, various degrees
  • SUNY Potsdam, Criminal Justice B.A. 

1This degree-completion program is offered through the Keuka College Accelerated Study for Adults Program (ASAP) in Watertown at the Jefferson Higher Education Center

For Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) Students: Students who are Criminal Justice graduates of Bohlen Technical Center in Watertown, Sackett 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 Jefferson. 

Degree requirements for Criminal Justice A.S.

English (6 credit hours)

ENG 101: Research and Composition 
ENG 218: Technical and Professional Writing 

Humanities (3 credit hours)

STA 151: Public Speaking or STA 211 Managing Conflict 

Social Science (15 credit hours)

SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 
PSY 133: Introduction to Psychology 
POL 121: Introduction to American Government or POL 122: State and Local Government
SOC 244: Social Problems or SOC 245: Criminology or SOC 246: Juvenile Delinquency
PSY 235: Abnormal Psychology 

Mathematics and Sciences (10 credit hours)

MTH 144: Elementary Statistics or higher Mathematics course (except MTH 148 or MTH 149) (select from the SUNY General Education List for Mathematics) 
Lab Science Elective 
Science or Mathematics Elective 

Criminal Justice (21 credit hours)

CRJ 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice 
CRJ 102: Criminal Administrative Procedures 
CRJ 224: Criminal Justice Report Writing 
CRJ 233: Basic Firearms
Criminal Justice Electives

SUNY General Education Electives (6 credit hours)

Choose ONE course from TWO of the following areas in the SUNY General Education Course List:
American History – HIS 150 or HIS 151
Western Civilization – HIS 111, HIS 112, POL 127, or PHI 101
The Arts – ART 104
Foreign Language – any FRE, SPA, ITA, GER, LAT, ARA 

Physical Education (2 credit hours)

PED 192: Physical Conditioning 
Physical Education elective

Total 63 credit hours


Program contacts

Paul Alteri
Public Safety Department Chair and Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2442

Edward Smalls
Instructor of Criminal Justice
(315) 786-2441

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
Jules Center, building 6, suite 6-010
(315) 786-2437 or toll free 1-888-435-6522