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AS Degree – Code #2279

Dr. Jill Priest Amati, Program Coordinator
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The Associate in Science (AS) degree in criminal justice provides graduates with 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.


Students are taught by experts in the field of criminal justice to guide them in their academic and career goals.  Students can take coursework in policing, corrections, courts, forensics and cybercrime to give them broad based knowledge and skills to prepare them for a job in criminal justice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

  • Apply critical thinking skills in the context of professional practice.
  • Perform the basic operations of personal computer use, as well as employ basic research techniques to locate, evaluate, and synthesize information from a variety of sources.
  • Communicate effectively and appropriately in oral and written forms.
  • 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 the topical issues facing the police, court, and correction systems.
  • Demonstrate basic knowledge of the New York State Penal Code and of Criminal Law Procedure.
  • 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

Employment and continuing education rate of 100 percent – 0 percent are employed; 100 percent continued their education.

Related Programs

Applied Psychology (AS)
Applied Psychology (BS)
Criminal Justice (BS)
Forensic Science Technology
Human Services

Individual Studies
Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences: Social Science

Entrance Requirements/Recommendations

Required: Algebra

Recommended: Geometry and Biology

Criminal Justice - AS Degree



COMP 1503 Writing Studies 3
MATH 1123 Statistics I 3
MATH 2124 Statistical Methods & Analysis 4
MATH 1113 Statistical Concepts 3
PSYC 1013 General Psychology 3
SOCI 1163 General Sociology 3
CJUS 1003 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
    (Minimum of "C" required)  


XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Humanities Elective 3
PSYC 2093 Abnormal Psychology 3
PLSC 1043 American Government 3
CJUS 2003 Introduction to Law 3
GLST 2113 Global & Diverse Perspectives 3


SOCI 1183 Contemporary Social Problems 3
XXXX xxx3 Gen Ed Natural Science Elective 3
SPCH 1083 Public Speaking 3
BUAD 3153 Fundamentals of Management 3
SOCI 1243 Criminology 3


CJUS 4003 Corrections Process in the U.S 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

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.


Students who believe they need a reasonable accommodation to properly participate in this program may contact Melanie Ryan in the Office of Accessibility Services. This office may be contacted by email at  or by phone at 607-587-4506. Please keep in mind that some accommodations may take time to implement, so students seeking accommodations are encouraged to contact OAS as early as possible.


  • 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