College Catalog Fall 2016 - Spring 2017

Criminal Justice - BS & Online Criminal Justice - BS

The Instructional Program

The Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Criminal Justice is an upper-division program that integrates theory and practice and will prepare students for a career in criminal justice, such as policing, investigation, juvenile justice, probation, or corrections. Students interested in other areas of law enforcement can focus on those areas to prepare themselves for further study in criminal justice, public safety, criminal investigation, private security, or political science. Students complete coursework in each of the six areas identified by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, a key professional and certifying organization in the field of criminal justice studies. While an associate's degree is often sufficient for entry level employment in criminal justice, a baccalaureate degree provides the flexibility for entry into the field as well as advancement to managerial positions. The Bureau of Labor Statistics lists a baccalaureate degree, related work experience, or a combination of both as a requirement for employment in agencies at the federal level related to this field.

The upper-division program in criminal justice is offered in two formats: on-site at SCCC or online (see curriculum codes below). SUNY Delhi has articulation arrangements with community colleges across SUNY so that students at other locations may matriculate directly through SUNY Delhi and take their upper-level courses through SUNY Delhi's Online BS in Criminal Justice-SUNY Delhi at SCCC. Graduates from SUNY Criminal Justice AA programs can enter the program with junior status.

Minimum Requirements to be Considered for Admission

  • Transfer GPA: 2.30 or higher
  • Graduation from an accredited, AA or AS criminal justice degree program OR
  • Graduation from an accredited AA or AS degree program with either the required pathway courses or graduation from an accredited law enforcement academy OR
  • Total of 60 college credits with either the required pathway courses or graduation from an accredited law enforcement academy.
  • Required pathway courses with a grade of C or better:
    • college-level English composition course
    • Introduction to Criminal Justice
    • One of the following:
      • Introduction to Psychology
      • Introduction to Sociology
      • Statistics
    • Two of the following:
      • Introduction to Corrections
      • Criminology
      • Policing
      • Introduction to Law


Graduation from an accredited law enforcement academy will satisfy lower-division pathway coursework.

Upper-division course credit may be granted based upon experience and advanced academy work by way of completion of a portfolio. A student portfolio will provide justification for the achievement of course-related outcomes through documented professional experience (work experience or academy). Specific eligible courses will be determined by faculty once a student is in the program.


SUNY Curriculum Code - ONLINE BS in Criminal Justice at SCCC: 2396
SUNY Curriculum Code - BS in Criminal Justice at SCCC: 2295

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 = 126

Major Courses Required After Associate's Degree Obtained - 46-52 credit hours

Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
CJUS 310 Research Methods of Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 320 History of Law Enforcement 3
CJUS 330 Treatment of Offenders 3
CJUS 340 Criminal Courts and Politics 3
CJUS 345 New York State Criminal Code 3
CJUS 348 Constitutional Law 3
CJUS 350 Comparative Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 355 Forensics 3
CJUS 360 Cyber Security, Information Technology, and Law Enforcement 3
CJUS 365 Applications of Technology in Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 370 Substance Abuse and Criminal Justice System 3
CJUS 380 Criminal Justice Internship 3-6
CJUS 430 Capstone Seminar in Criminal Justice 4
GOVT 150 Civil Liberties 3
GOVT 300 Public Policy 3


Course No. Course Cr. Hrs.
CJUS ___ Criminal Justice Electives 300-level or higher by advisement 9
  Liberal Arts Electives 300-level or higher by advisement 9

*Restricted elective courses and credits are by advisement depending on the number of other major courses completed. Student must work closely with their academic advisor.

Student Learning Outcomes

A graduate of the Criminal Justice Online BS 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 information and current technologies used in the legal and penal systems, and explain and analyze methods to determine under what circumstances the same should be used.
  • Comprehend the methods used by various social sciences and related disciplines to understand criminal conduct.
  • Understand, explain, and analyze policies that 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 understanding of various subjects in the field of liberal arts.