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College Catalog Fall 2012 - Spring 2013
Criminal Justice Studies - AA

The Instructional Program

The Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree program in Criminal Justice Studies retains the focus that SUNY Delhi has on delivering both career-oriented and transfer options to students. The program is intended primarily for those who wish to continue their studies in a baccalaureate program. Through an interdisciplinary approach to the problems of crime and society, the program prepares students to pursue further study in criminal justice or related disciplines, and educates students to become effective problem-solvers as professionals in the field of criminal justice. Students may enroll in the program with the intention of transferring to a senior college where criminal justice, criminology, sociology, public administration, or political science majors can be pursued. To this end, SUNY Delhi has articulation agreements with SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College.

The program of study consists of an overview of the criminal justice system, and an examination of the basic components of the system. The program also prepares graduates for entry-level employment positions in the criminal justice field, courts, and corrections. For students who plan to enter the field upon attaining the A.A. degree, the internship option is recommended to give an inside view of the operations of the justice system.

Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:



SUNY Curriculum Code:  1855

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive A.A., A.S., or baccalaureate degrees must satisfy SUNY and campus General Education (GE) requirements to graduate. Students should be aware that GE requirements may vary by academic program. Consult with your academic advisor. For general information, see the "General Education" section of this catalog.

A.A.S. and A.O.S. degree students may not be required to fulfill General Education (GE) requirements; however, any student who may wish to transfer should complete as many GE courses as possible. Consult with your academic advisor.

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Total Credit Hours = 62

Major Courses Required - 18 credit hours

 Course No. Course  Cr. Hrs.
CITA 110 Introduction to Software Applications      3
CJUS 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice  3
GOVT 110 American Government 3
GOVT 150 Civil Liberties 3
GOVT 200 Law, Courts, and Politics          3
CJUS 200 Topics in Criminal Justice  
GOVT 300 Public Policy 3
CJUS 280 Internship in Criminal Justice  

General Education/Liberal Arts Courses Required - 29-31 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
COMM 100 Public Speaking 3
ENGL ___ Freshman Composition OR Advanced Composition1 3
HIST 100 US History 1 3
HUMN 180 Ethics 3
HUMN ___ Language elective from GE 9 (Spanish is strongly recommended for this major) 3
MATH 115 Statistics 3
PSYC 100 Introductory Psychology 1 3
SOCI 100 Introductory Sociology 3
UNIV ___ UNIV 100 Freshman Seminar OR UNIV 101 Student Success 1-3
  Laboratory Science (4 credit hours) from GE 2 4

Restricted Electives by Advisement2 - 9 credit hours

Unrestricted Electives byAdvisement3


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 Three credits must be taken in each of these General Education (GE) groups:  GE 5, GE 6, and GE 8.

3 The number of Unrestricted Elective credit hours will vary depending on the number of credits earned in other areas.  A student must work closely with their academic advisor to determine the number of Unrestricted Electives needed for graduation.


Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Criminal Justice Studies A.A. program should be able to:

    1. Discuss in detail the fundamental institutions of the U.S. criminal and civil justice system (e.g., basics of the law and legal procedure, law enforcement agencies, the courts, and the penal system).
    2. Understand, use, and critically evaluate social statistics relevant to criminal behavior and the criminal justice system.
    3. Demonstrate proficiency with modern information and database technologies used in the legal and penal system.
    4. Comprehend the methods used by various social sciences and related disciplines to understand criminal conduct.
    5. Formulate policies to address criminal behavior through the various institutions of the legal, penal, and corrections systems.
    6. Assess and critically evaluate the ethics and efficiency of various legal structures and public policies within the justice system.
    7. Understand the importance of implementation and administration to policy success.
    8. Demonstrate a solid foundation of liberal arts knowledge.

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