Programs of Study

Criminal Justice

Degree: AAS  |  Graduation Requirements: 62 credits

Program Summary:

Career opportunities include federal, state, and local law enforcement, institutional and community-based corrections and treatment alternatives, family and social services, criminal investigations, juvenile services, probation and parole, and careers in military justice.

Graduates of the Criminal Justice/Corrections – AAS will have demonstrated:

  • The foundation knowledge of criminal justice core concepts and methods
    • Crucial steps and persons involved in American criminal justice
    • Similarities and differences in adult and juvenile criminal justice handling and the law
    • Key terms and legal terminology used in the study of crime and delinquency
    • Theories of crime and delinquency causation
    • Issues and methods of criminal investigation
    • Basic tenets of criminal law
    • Constitutional legal rights afforded criminal defendants
    • Ethical issues in criminal justice
    • Historical, legal, social and natural science methods used to study crime
  • The knowledge of information literacy as it relates to criminal justice
    • Identification, accessing and interpretation of major sources of crime data
    • Identification, accessing and interpretation of legal resources
    • Criminal agency data
    • Career information
    • Basic library, research and communication skills
    • Ability to understand, summarize, analyze and critically evaluate sources of criminal justice information
  • The knowledge of career opportunities in the field of criminal justice
    • Criminal justice job descriptions, requirements and benefits
    • Career opportunities in law enforcement, courts, corrections, juvenile justice, forensic sciences
    • Educational transfer opportunities in criminal justice
  • Critical thinking, oral and written communication skills
    • General communication skills
    • Examples of specific technical writing required in the field of criminal justice
    • Instruction in and assessment of critical thinking skills

The SUNY Sullivan


  • This two-year curriculum prepares students for careers in the criminal justice field. The combination of a strong academic core with specialized career courses offers the graduate the choice of continuing at an institution of higher learning or seeking direct employment in a criminal justice profession.

  • The curriculum is offered for those already working in criminal justice as well as for high school graduates interested in serving in national, state, local or private agencies involved in this vital profession.

  • Enrollment may be on a full or part-time basis. Many courses are offered in the evening to accommodate in-service personnel and other employed individuals.

Composition I
Introduction to Criminal Justice
General Psychology
Fundamentals of Speech
Statistics for the Social Sciences
MAT Elective by Advisement
US History I
US History II
US History III
Computer Application
Computer Literacy
Criminal Investigation
Introduction to Biology I & Lab
Principles of Bio I
Police Operations
Introduction to Corrections
Introduction to Sociology
Criminal Law & Procedure
PED Elective
Domestic/International Terrorism
Intro to Forensic Science
Elective by Advisement*
Introduction to Criminology
Forensic Psych
Juvenile Justice
Cultural Diversity & Criminal Justice
Police Community Relations
Constitutional Law
CRJ Elective by Advisement

*All AAS degrees require ENG 1001 Composition I, ENG 1301 Fundamentals of Speech, a 4 credit science course with lab and a minimum of 10 additional Liberal Arts credits from at least two other areas of study. Liberal Arts prefixes: ANT, ECO, ENG, FLA, GEO, HIS, HON, HUM, MAT, POL, PSY, SCI, and SOC. COM 1301, Interpersonal Communications, COM 1305, Intercultural Communication, COM 2110, Intro to Media Communications, CPT 1210, Computer Literacy, CPT 1301, Logic and Problem Solving, CRJ 1115, Introduction to Criminal Justice, and THE 1700, Theater History I are also classified as liberal arts.


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