College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Criminal Justice Studies - AA

The Instructional Program

The Associate's in Arts (AA) degree program in Criminal Justice Studies program is intended primarily for those who wish to continue their studies in a baccalaureate program and pursue further study in criminal justice or related disciplines, but it also prepares graduates for entry-level employment positions in the criminal justice field, courts, and corrections. Students who plan to enter the field upon attaining the AA degree are advised to take the internship option to gain an inside view of the operations of the justice system.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission


  • high school graduate with 75 high school GPA or 2500 GED test score
  • Algebra Regents: 73
  • English Regents: 73

Transfer Student:

  • Transfer GPA: 2.0


SUNY Curriculum Code: 1855

SUNY General Education Requirements: Students who intend to receive AA, AS 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.

AAS and AOS 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 - 27 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
CJUS 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 110 Criminology 3
CJUS 130 Corrections 3
GOVT 110 American Government 3
GOVT 170 Introduction to Law 3
CJUS 200 Topics in Criminal Justice OR  
GOVT 300 Public Policy OR 3
CJUS 280 Internship in Criminal Justice  
CJUS 210 Criminal Law 3
CJUS 220 Criminal Evidence and Procedures 3
GOVT 240 Civil Liberties 3

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 Early American History 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

Unrestricted Electives by Advisement2 - 4-6 credit hours


1 English is by placement according to competency.

2 The Unrestricted Elective credit hours and courses will vary depending on credits earned in other areas and the goal of the student. Students must work closely with their academic advisor to determine the Unrestricted Electives needed for graduation. Students who plan to transfer must have taken courses from all ten GE areas. 

Student Learning Outcomes

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

    • 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).
    • Understand, use, and critically evaluate social statistics relevant to criminal behavior and the criminal justice system.
    • Demonstrate proficiency with modern information and database technologies used in the legal and penal system.
    • Comprehend the methods used by various social sciences and related disciplines to understand criminal conduct.
    • Formulate policies to address criminal behavior through the various institutions of the legal, penal, and corrections systems.
    • Assess and critically evaluate the ethics and efficiency of various legal structures and public policies within the justice system.
    • Understand the importance of implementation and administration to policy success.
    • Demonstrate a solid foundation of liberal arts knowledge.