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Criminal Justice Studies (Certificate)

Be Proud!

We understand that having a program designed to help students succeed academically will help prepare them to enter the workforce, but it takes more than just having the right curriculum. Our criminal justice certificate program, 'Be Proud,' utilizes a block-scheduling format that mirrors the work environment. There is no better way to prepare our students for their ideal career than making the time spent in the classroom not feel like class at all, but rather like their dream job.

Class Structure and Schedule

Each class runs for only three weeks. Typically, classes start at either 8:00 or 9:00 a.m. and feature a combination of lectures, demonstrations, writing assignments, and group projects and conclude by 4:00 p.m. Students get a feel for the average work day, and while they certainly have some homework, most of the work is completed within the class timeframe.

Student extinguishing fire

The Benefits

This schedule provides students with the opportunity to learn the skills essential to success while focusing on one subject at a time. These skills include learning how to:

  • communicate in a professional manner
  • respect peers and themselves
  • function in a team setting
  • feel a sense of responsibility for their educational success
  • demonstrate self discipline

Upon completion, students will be confident in their abilities while possessing the skills necessary to succeed in an academic setting. The experiences gained in this program will make our students more appealing for future internships and job opportunities.

Students will receive a certificate upon successful completion of this program and their coursework will transfer directly into any of our criminal justice programs.

Students conducting an interview


Just like any employer, we demand the very best from our students each and every day. From day one, we expect students to act professionally, come to class prepared to work, and dressed appropriately for a business casual environment. This does not mean formal business attire, but it does mean wearing clothing that is appropriate for the professional environment. We do not expect students to come through the door knowing everything, which is why we have chosen faculty members who are experts to work with this program and are committed to giving students the assistance they need to realize their potential and succeed.

As the schedule is very intensive, no unexcused absences are allowed.  Since academic success is the number one priority for all students who are accepted into the Be Proud program, no students will be excused for sports practices/games or ROTC activities. However, upon successful completion of the certificate program and acceptance into either an Associate program or Bachelor program, students certainly may participate in sports, ROTC or any of our many other extracurricular activities.


  • Are given the opportunity to study one course at a time while still earning 13 -16 college credits per semester.
  • Will enhance academic skills by receiving nearly twice the usual contact hours with faculty for each class.
  • Will strengthen academic areas through specially designed three-week block courses.
  • Receive a background in math, English, social sciences and criminal justice.
  • Are prepared for continued study in one of several programs in the Criminal Justice Department.
  • Students graduate from program when courses have been completed with a minimum G.P.A. of 1.75

*Gainful Employment Program Disclosure


  • Police officer
  • Correction officer
  • Private security
  • Crime prevention services


  • SUNY Canton—AAS degree program in Criminal Justice with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0.
  • SUNY Canton—B.Tech. program in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Leadership with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.0.
  • SUNY Canton – B. Tech. program in Criminal Investigation with a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.5.


  • Refer to the table of high school course prerequisites for admission.
  • Students are expected to have demonstrated academic success in high school and/or prior college experience.


Semester I Credits

JUST 101 Intro to Criminal Justice 3
JUST 110 Criminal Law 3
CITA 110 Intro Information Technology 3
PSYC 101 Intro Psychology 3
FYEP 101 First Year Experience 1
ENGL 097
ENGL 098
ENGL 101
Intro Academic Reading & Writing OR
Basic Writing OR
Expository Writing

Semester II Credits

JUST 105 Correctional Philosophy 3
JUST 111 Criminal Procedure 3
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
BASK 060 Freshman Seminar 1
MATH 100
MATH 106
MATH 111
Beginning Algebra OR
Intermediate Algebra OR
Survey of Mathematics (GER)
ENGL 101
ENGL 209
Expository Writing OR
Approaches to Literature

NOTE: All courses will be in 3 week block format except FYEP 101 and BASK 060.


Criminal Justice Department
Department Chair
Sue Buckley