Feb 05, 2023
Division: Business, Behavioral/Social Science, Public and Human Services
Academic Dept: Behavioral/Social Science
Curriculum Chair: Prof. David Wedlick
A Note about Program Requirements
The requirements listed below are for students entering into this program in Spring 2016. Students who entered the program during a prior semester will find their specific requirements listed in the Catalog under which they entered. Archived Catalogs are accessible through the dropdown menu above.
The need for a college education in the field of criminal justice has grown dramatically. Agencies engaged in law enforcement, the judicial process, corrections, probation, and parole have recognized the value of a college education for their employees. Individuals completing these programs are prepared to enter many law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, as well as private sector insurance and security technology companies.
In addition to courses in the areas of specialization, the two options—Corrections and Police—include extensive course work in the social and behavioral sciences which provides the student with an opportunity to transfer to a four-year baccalaureate degree program upon graduation. Transfer agreements exist between Westchester Community College and four-year colleges in the region.
Full-time students can complete the requirements for the Associate in Applied Science degree in two years. Police and corrections officers attending on a part-time basis may select an appropriate credit load each semester until the degree requirements are completed. Elective courses in either curriculum may be selected from police, corrections, social science, behavioral science, mathematics, science, arts or humanities courses. All students will be guided by faculty and counselors in appropriate course selection and sequences.
Program Learning Outcomes
- Student will be able to demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to work effectively and efficiently at the entry level of employment within the criminal justice system and other related field.
- Student will be able to demonstrate skills that will allow independent learning of new and emerging theories and technologies and their application to the criminal justice system.
- Student will prepare for a higher level of college courses for transfer in the area of criminology, criminal justice or any other discipline.
General Education Requirements - 27 Credits
Students are required to fulfill a certain number of credits within the specific categories shown below. Where specific courses are not listed within these categories, courses must be selected from the list of SUNY General Education Courses .
Basic Communication (6 credits)
Social Sciences (9 credits)
American History (3 credits)
Select ONE of the following courses:
Degree Requirements - 36 Credits
Criminal Justice Electives
Select TWO of the following courses:
Physical Education Courses
Minimum Total Credits - 63
Educational Plan: The Educational Plan is an advisement tool that provides important information to students about how to complete this degree. Click here to Download the Educational Plan .