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AS Degree – Code #2279

Jill Priest Amati, Program Coordinator
Email address: amatiJP@alfredstate.edu

The Associate in Science (AS) degree in criminal justice provides graduates a solid foundation in the field of criminal justice and its basic components. The program offers practical knowledge that is integrated across core criminal justice courses and that is then combined with other relevant course work. The program emphasizes the development, structure, and function of the criminal justice system within the US, as well as ethical law enforcement practices and community relations. In addition, the program’s professional course work includes a management component that helps prepare graduates for administrative and leadership positions within the criminal justice system.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in written and oral forms.
  • Apply critical thinking to modern criminal justice practices, procedures, and policies.
  • Perform the basic operation of personal computer use and employ basic research techniques to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Describe the development of the US criminal justice system, its structure and function, and how the system fits within the democratic system of the US.
  • Explain the importance of ethical behavior by criminal justice professionals as part of the social contract between a diverse citizenry and the criminal justice system.
  • Apply basic management practices to topical issues facing the police, court, and corrections systems.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the New York State Penal Code and of Criminal Procedure Law.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the causes and consequences of crime.

Direct Entry Into Baccalaureate Degree Program

Alfred State criminal justice graduates may enter directly into the criminal justice BS, interdisciplinary studies BTech or the technology management BBA degree program.

Continuing Education Opportunities

Graduates are well prepared to enter a police academy or to seamlessly transfer into Alfred State's criminal justice program at the baccalaureate level.

Employment Statistics

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics and the New York State Department of Labor predict that job opportunities will exist over the next decade in law enforcement at the local, county, state, and federal levels, and in correctional institutions, parole and probation departments, private security companies, and police science organizations, among others. Though the numbers point to no more than a stable projected job market over the next few years, the sheer volume of criminal justice positions should ensure ample opportunities for graduates possessing expertise in the field.

Related Programs

Criminal Justice (BS)
Forensic Science Technology
Human Services

Individual Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts & Sciences: Social Science

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry and Biology

Criminal Justice - AS Degree

TYPICAL FOUR-SEMESTER PROGRAM

First

COMP 1503 Freshman Composition 3
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
   OR    
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
   OR    
MATH 1113 Statistical Concepts 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
CJUS 1003 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
      15/16

Second

XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Humanities Elective 3
PSYC 2093 Abnormal Psychology 3
PLSC 1043 American Government 3
CJUS 2003 Introduction to Law 3
SPCH 1083 Effective Speaking 3
      15

Third

SOCI 1183 Contemporary Social Problems 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Natural Science Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Other World Civilization Elective 3
BUAD 3153 Fundamentals of Management 3
SOCI 1243 Criminology 3
      15

Fourth

CJUS 4003 Corrections Process in the U.S 3
   OR    
CJUS 47X3 Information Security for Criminal Justice 3
CJUS 4103 Policing in a Free Society 3
SOCI 1223 Power, Privilege, & Difference 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
XXXX xxx3 Open Elective 3
      15

Be advised that a prior felony conviction may impede a student's ability to participate in an internship and complete the program.

Notes: Minimum number of hours required for graduation is 60. Elective courses must be from approved list of courses. Some elective courses have prerequisites, so make sure you have met them before registering for them. You can find them in the college catalog.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

  • Good academic standing (2.0 cumulative GPA) or higher
  • Successful completion of all courses in the prescribed four-semester plan
  • Submission of the college's degree application form