Criminal Justice AS

Associate in Science Degree Program

May be completed Online or On Campus


Hegis Code: 5505 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 79415

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Program Description
Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Science degree. The Criminal Justice program is designed to offer an educational experience for criminal justice practitioners, individuals seeking employment in the field, and concerned citizens wishing to become better informed about the administration of justice. Graduates can expect their college studies to prepare them to go on to baccalaureate studies or to accept employment related to criminal justice.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the AS in Criminal Justice Degree program a student will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the overall criminal justice system in the United States, its history, development, organization, integration and procedures;
  • Describe the development and sources of law in the United States and how it’s precepts apply to the state of New York;
  • Summarize theories of the nature of crime, the causes of criminal behavior and the methods of treating and preventing crime;
  • Examine criminal justice and social science data and explain its significance and implications; 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the constitutional applications of criminal procedure in the United States;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the current trends, problems and concerns of contemporary criminal justice, including terrorism, hate crime, cyber-crime, and societal violence;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the moral, ethical, and legal obligations of criminal justice professionals;
  • Research current criminal justice topics and issues and apply them to operational activities;
  • Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to formulate, present, and defend logical arguments;
  • 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 have obtained professional careers in the criminal justice system at the local, State, and federal levels. Although some graduates begin their careers immediately after completing this Associate in Science degree, most continue their academic studies at a four‐year institution and embark on their careers after completing baccalaureate degree requirements. In addition, some graduates become lawyers after attending law school.

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 Probation Department, and various local police departments, including New York City.

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..

Requirements for Program Entry

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

Developmental Assistance Available

For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is available through the Learning Center, The Gary and Janaki Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information

For more information contact Admissions.






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