Criminal Justice (A.A.S.)

HEGIS: 5505

SUNY CODE: 0640

The Criminal Justice A.A.S. program is designed to prepare students for careers in criminal justice agencies as paraprofessionals in law enforcement, criminal investigation, probation, parole and similar fields. A three-credit internship experience is designed to integrate the theoretical knowledge learned in the classroom with the practical knowledge of working in the field

The goals of this program are to:

  • introduce students to the proactive and reactive approaches in crime deterrence, investigation, and apprehension of those who break the law;
  • introduce students to the field of corrections with a focus in the areas of detention, supervision, administration and rehabilitation of incarcerated persons and alternatives to justice; and
  • provide students with an overview of different types of law and provide knowledge of different crime control philosophies currently and historically used within the criminal justice system.

Successful graduates from this program will be able to:

  • compare and review proactive and reactive approaches in crime deterrence, investigation and apprehension of those who break the law;
  • express knowledge in the field of correction with focus in areas of detention, supervision, administration and rehabilitation of persons and alternatives to justice; and
  • distinguish between different types of law and express knowledge of different crime control philosophies currently and historically used within the criminal justice system.

Career Opportunities/Transfer Information

Graduates find employment as police officers, criminal investigators, IRS agents, customs agents, park rangers, environmental conservation officers, state troopers, corrections officers, corrections counselors, bailiffs, court administrators, criminalists, alarm investigators, credit investigators, security detectives and loss prevention specialists. While not designed as a transfer program, many of our graduates go on to four-year colleges and universities such as SUC at Brockport, SUC at Oswego, SUNY Albany, SUC at Plattsburgh, SUC at Oneonta, SUNY Institute of Technology and Utica College.

Program of Study

1st Year

1st Semester

CJ 120Intro Criminal Justice

3

CJ 123Criminal SubstantiveLaw

3

EN 111English I - College Writing

3

FS 100First Year Student Seminar

1

SS 151Intro Psychology

3

SS 161Introductory Sociology

3

Total Credit Hours:16

2nd Semester

CJ 124Criminal Procedure Law

3

CJ 125Intro to Law Enforcement

3

EN 112English II - Intro to Lit

3

Criminal Justice Elective

3

Mathematics Elective

3

Physical Education Activity

1

Total Credit Hours:16

Mathematics Elective: Must be MA 124 or higher.

2nd Year

3rd Semester

CJ 151Intro Corrections

3

HU 150Ethics in Criminal Justice

1

SS 167Juvenile Delinquency

3

SS 122American History II

3

OR

SS 141American Government

3

SS 241American Minorities

3

Science Elective

3-4

Total Credit Hours:16-17

4th Semester

IS 115Computer Applications I

3

SS 136Criminology

3

Electives

3-4

English Elective

3

OR

Humanities Elective

3

Physical Education Activity

1

One of the following
CJ 271Criminal Justice Practicum

3

Criminal Justice Elective

3

Social Science Elective

3

Recommended Social Science Electives
SS 141American Government

3

SS 152Developmental Psychology

3

SS 155Abnormal Psychology

3

SS 162Social Problems

3

SS 210Alternative Justice

3

SS 225Terrorism & Homeland Security

3

Total Credit Hours:16-17

Students should consult with their academic advisor for appropriate course selections.

Total Credit Hours: 64-66

For more information, contact the Humanities and Social Science Division at (315) 866-0300 or toll free 1-888-GO-4-HCCC, ext. 8430.

This program is Internet accessible and may be completed entirely online.

For more information access HCCC Internet Academy website: www.ia.herkimer.edu