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Criminal Justice - Program Description

 

Students in this Major:

  • Acquire basic knowledge of law enforcement and corrections.
  • Gain an understanding of forensic investigations.
  • Acquire basic knowledge of criminal investigations.
  • Obtain a basic knowledge of the criminal court system.

Career Outlook:

  • U.S. Department of Labor forecasts faster than average growth for protective service occupations through the year 2016.

Employers of SUNY Canton Graduates:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)
  • Secret Service
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • U.S. Customs
  • New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
  • New York State University Police
  • New York State Police
  • New York Department of Corrections
  • Military Police of the Armed Forces
  • United States Air Force
  • United Parcel Service
  • Pinkerton Security
  • Sheriff's Department
  • Municipal Police Departments
  • Vermont State Police

Transfer Opportunities:

Fifty to sixty percent of AAS graduates seek baccalaureate degrees. Most of those students remain at SUNY Canton and pursue one of our baccalaureate degrees.

Bachelor’s Degree Opportunities in Public Service:

Admission Requirements:

  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students must be prepared to take Intermediate Algebra (MATH 106)
  • Students must be prepared to take Expository Writing (ENGL 101) or Oral and Written Expression (ENGL 102).
  • Transfers require a minimum of 2.0 GPA.

 


Program Requirements (Curriculum 0640)

Semester I Credits

 

JUST 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CITA 110 Introduction to Information Technology 3
ENGL 101
ENGL 102
Expository Writing (GER 10) OR
Oral & Written Expression (GER 10)
3
MATH 106 Intermediate Algebra1 3
PSYC 101 Introductory Psychology (GER 3) 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

 

Semester II Credits

 

JUST 105 Correctional Philosophy 3
JUST 110 Criminal Law 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Humanities Elective (GER 7) 3
Natural Science w/ Lab (GER 2) 3-4
TOTAL CREDITS 15-16

 

EMPHASIS A: Law Enforcement

Semester III Credits

 

JUST 111 Criminal Procedure 3
JUST 201 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice* 3
JUST 209 Law Enforcement Communications 3
American History Elective (GER 4) 3
General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

 

Semester IV Credits

 

JUST 203 Criminal Investigation 3
JUST 207 Police Services 3
JUST 210 Forensic Investigation 3
  General Elective2 3
  General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

EMPHASIS B: Corrections Professions

Semester III Credits

JUST 111 Criminal Procedure 3
JUST 201 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice* 3
JUST 211 Diagnostic Evaluation of Offender 3
American History Elective (GER 4) 3
General Elective2 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

Semester IV Credits

JUST 215 Community Based Corrections 3
PSYC 275 Abnormal Psychology 3
SSCI 181 Alcohol Drugs & Society 3
  Program Electives 6
TOTAL CREDITS 15

 

EMPHASIS C: Criminal Justice Generalist

Semester III Credits

 

JUST 111 Criminal Procedure 3
JUST 201 Critical Issues in Criminal Justice* 3
JUST 209
JUST 211
Law Enforcement Communications OR
Diagnostic Evaluation of Offender
3
American History Elective (GER 4) 3
General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

 

Semester IV Credits

 

  Program Electives 9
  General Elective2 3
  General Elective 3
TOTAL CREDITS 15

* Fulfills writing intensive requirement

GER = General Education Requirement

1Intermediate Algebra (MATH 106) is the minimum level acceptable toward AAS degree (non-transferable to a bachelor program). Survey of Mathematics (MATH 111) or College Algebra (MATH 121) is minimum for B. Tech degrees.

2Students planning to enter one of the bachelor's degree programs should take a GER. These students must have seven (7) GERs.

NOTE: Criminal Justice students must successfully complete the SUNY Canton Computer Competency requirement.

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Criminal Justice - A.A.S.
Curriculum Coordinator
Will Fassinger
criminaljustice@canton.edu