Criminal Justice

Associate in Applied Science Degree Program

Hegis Code: 5505 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 32702

Program Description
Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. The Criminal Justice A.A.S. degree program is designed to prepare graduates to enter immediately into a variety of criminal justice professions such as local and state law enforcement, corrections, and private sector investigative and public safety occupations. The A.A.S. degree program is also designed to benefit current criminal justice practitioners seeking to enhance their knowledge, skills and abilities to better perform their respective public or private service responsibilities and increase promotional opportunities. The A.A.S. degree program is comprised of an increased blend of job specific criminal justice course offerings with a reduced concentration of general and liberal arts courses of study. This program offers an optional concentration of study in forensic investigations through elective course selection. Students who successfully complete the A.A.S. degree in criminal justice may also continue pursuing a baccalaureate degree; however, transfer polices vary, and students should be aware that additional coursework in the general and liberal arts education areas are likely to be required at a four-year college.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the AAS in Criminal Justice Degree program a student will be able to:
• Demonstrate basic knowledge and an understanding of the structures and operation law and the criminal justice process and how each of the sub-systems operates individually and integrate as a whole system;
• Contrast a variety of perspectives on the critical relationship between the community and its protectors and examine issues and strategies that will strengthen the relationship between citizens’ and public service professionals; 
• Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the moral, ethical, and legal obligations of criminal justice professionals;
• Describe fundamental constitutional dimensions and be able to apply knowledge of the authority and limitations of criminal justice practitioners;
• Evaluate scientific and legal principles and procedures for identifying, gathering, examining, preserving, and presenting forensic evidence at various phases during the investigative process;
• Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using multiple mediums (oral & written) individually and collectively while working productively with others.

Employment Potential
Graduates of the program will be qualified to begin their careers in entry level positions in law enforcement and many other criminal justice professions.

SUNY Ulster's Criminal Justice graduates are currently pursuing careers with the Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs, Border Patrol, New York State Police, New York Department of Corrections Services, New York State University Police, New York /New Jersey Port Authority Police, Ulster County Sheriff's Department, Ulster County District Attorney's Office, New York State Attorney General's Office, Ulster County Probation Department, and various local police departments, including New York City.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Note:  Subject to current New York Correction Law and other applicable law, convictions for criminal offenses may preclude employment in many of the fields of criminal justice and may prevent optional internship opportunities. 

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information
James Truitt, Department Chair
Criminal Justice and Human Services 
Office: Hardenbergh Hall, HAR 120
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 5156 or

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits

CRJ 101

Criminal Justice System

CRJ 107 Essential Communications in Criminal Justice 3
ENG 101 College English I 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
MAT 098 or higher-level or
BUS 102

Basic Algebra or
Higher-level Mathematics Elective or
Mathematics for Business and Industry

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Semester Credits 16
Second Semester

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communications or

Public Speaking

CRJ 215 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3

CRJ 218 *

Scientific and Legal Aspects of Investigation

CRJ 219 Criminal Justice Administration 3
ENG 102 College English II 3
Semester Credits 15
Third Semester

CRJ 201

 Criminal Law


CRJ 211 or 

CRJ 214

Terrorism & Homeland Security or Perspectives on Police-Community Relations

PSY 101
General Psychology 3
Elective HIS or POS Elective 3
Elective General Elective 3-4
Semester Credits 15-16
Fourth Semester
CRJ 231 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3

CRJ 233

Ethics in Criminal Justice

CRJ 235 Juvenile Justice System 3
CRJ 255  or Program Elective* Internship or Program Elective 3-4

Science Elective

Semester Credits 15-17
Total Credits 61-64

NOTE: Through advisement, students will also fulfill General Education Requirements for an A.A.S. Degree.

CRJ 233 is co-designated as PHI 233 and as such is designated as a General Education Course in Humanities.

ENG 101 is a pre/co-requisite for all 200-level sociology and history courses.

NOTE: Students may elect to concentrate on forensic investigations through elective choice of CRJ 245 (Forensic Photography & Videography), PSY 209 (Introduction to Forensic Psychology) in conjunction with required program course CRJ 218 (Scientific and Legal Aspects of Investigation).  

* Program Electives can be selected from CSC 101, SOC 203, SOC 206, SOC 207, SOC 213, POS 201, PSY 203, PSY 209 and/or any CRJ, PBT, EMT or HUS course.