The A.A.S. in Criminal Justice at SUNY Schenectady opens your horizon for a career or further study in law enforcement. Our Criminal Justice programs offers a strong selection of core courses including criminal law, criminology,
introduction to security, criminal evidence/procedure, police organization and supervision, and juvenile
Specialty courses include Airport Security and Management, Terrorism and Public Security,
and Issues in Criminal Justice. These courses are structured so that each student obtains knowledge and
understanding of the field of criminal justice.
Our Criminal Justice Faculty bring a vast amount of academic credentials and professional experience
to each student. Our professors have over a century of combined teaching at the college level and in law
enforcement field work. This offers an immense combination of academic theory and hands-on knowledge that
benefits students in the classroom and in making career decisions.
We prepare you for a multitude of
growth opportunities in a field that continues to see a high level of professional and academic opportunities.
Qualified students can participate in the Internship program.
This curriculum requires the student to examine the full range of criminal justice activity with a broad
spectrum of required and elective criminal justice courses. In addition, the program focuses on understanding
human behavior with a strong emphasis on the social sciences and on both written and oral communication skills.
An elective internship course further enhances the practical knowledge of students who qualify.
this program are qualified for positions primarily with state and local police and corrections agencies,
and in private security operations. Typical positions would include police officer, state trooper,
security officer, insurance investigator, conservation officer, border patrol agent, customs patrol
officer or corrections officer.
The Criminal Justice A.A.S. program provides graduates with the
academic, ethical and legal foundation for career opportunities in law
enforcement and private security. The program prepares graduates to:
Goal I: Demonstrate CRJ professional skills and abilities.
- Communicate effectively within criminal justice
and academic environments, both orally and in
writing using Formal Standard English
- Identify key concepts, definitions and principles of
law enforcement, corrections, the courts and
police organization and supervision
- Apply legal research skills to locate and analyze
discipline specific topics
- Identify different theoretical and historical
perspectives as they apply to criminal justice
Goal II: Demonstrate a commitment to ethical practice.
Identify the principles of ethical criminal justice
- Apply criminal justice ethics to the resolution of
- Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical
practices in retail and industrial security
Goal III: Recognize diversity and the role of cultural competence in
understanding the criminal justice system.
- Identify diverse identities in the lives of people in
their community and beyond
- Exam the role cultural diversity plays in the
criminal justice system
- Apply appropriate strategies in working with