Criminal Justice - A.A.S.

Associate Dean, Division of Social Sciences & Social Services

Associate in Applied Science Degree, Career Program

A rewarding, action-oriented career in Criminal Justice begins with a balanced combination of law enforcement theory and practical experience. Anchored in a solid curriculum that includes liberal arts courses, the Criminal Justice program prepares students for careers in law enforcement, security, investigation, corrections, military intelligence, and other related professions. To qualify for positions in the criminal justice field, graduates usually must pass a written civil service examination, physical agility tests and are subject to background investigations.

Graduates will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the criminal justice system, the causes of criminal conduct, and the response to criminal behavior; demonstrate beginning application of law; understand the value of ethical behavior in the administration of justice; apply critical thinking in criminal justice; apply beginning technical proficiencies; use appropriate communication skills; demonstrate awareness of our pluralistic society to foster understanding and tolerance.

Hands-on experience combines with studies in government, law, psychology, and literature to develop the competence needed for the variety of demands placed daily on criminal justice personnel.

Recognized throughout the northeast as an exceptional educational facility, the CCC Criminal Justice Complex, located on Goff Road (Exit 48, Route 352) in East Corning, features state-of-the-art investigative tools. It is also a New York State regional training center that certifies law enforcement officers.

High school or equivalent preparation required: No special requirements.