Criminal Justice AS

Associate in Science Degree Program

May be completed Online or On Campus


Hegis Code: 5505 Admissions: 1-800-724-0833
ext. 5018 or 5022
NYSED Code: 79415

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Program Description
Students who complete this program earn an Associate in Science degree. The Criminal Justice program is designed to offer an educational experience for criminal justice practitioners, individuals seeking employment in the field, and concerned citizens wishing to become better informed about the administration of justice. Graduates can expect their college studies to prepare them to go on to baccalaureate studies or to accept employment related to criminal justice.

Student Learning Outcomes
At the completion of the AS in Criminal Justice Degree program a student will be able to:
• Demonstrate an understanding of the overall criminal justice system in the United States, its history, development, organization, integration and procedures;
• Describe the development and sources of law in the United States and how it’s precepts apply to the state of New York;
• Summarize theories of the nature of crime, the causes of criminal behavior and the methods of treating and preventing crime;
• Examine criminal justice and social science data and explain its significance and implications; 
• Demonstrate an understanding of the U.S. Constitution and the constitutional applications of criminal procedure in the United States;
• Demonstrate an understanding of the current trends, problems and concerns of contemporary criminal justice, including terrorism, hate crime, cyber-crime, and societal violence;
• Demonstrate an understanding of and a commitment to the moral, ethical, and legal obligations of criminal justice professionals;
• Research current criminal justice topics and issues and apply them to operational activities;
• Utilize critical thinking and problem solving skills to formulate, present, and defend logical arguments;
• Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using multiple mediums (oral & written) individually and collectively while working productively with others.

Employment Potential
Graduates of the program have obtained professional careers in the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal levels. Although some graduates begin their careers immediately after completing this Associate in Science degree, most continue their academic studies at a four-year institution and embark on their careers after completing baccalaureate degree requirements. In addition, some graduates become lawyers after attending law school.

SUNY Ulster's Criminal Justice graduates are currently pursuing careers with the Secret Service, Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Customs, Border Patrol, New York State Police, New York Department of Corrections Services, New York State University Police, New York State Attorney Generals Office, New York /New Jersey Port Authority Police, Ulster County District Attorney's Office, Ulster County Sheriff's Department, Ulster County Probation Department, and various local police departments, including New York City.

Requirements for Program Entry

  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Satisfactory placement in Entering Student Assessment

Note:  Subject to current New York Correction Law and other applicable law, convictions for criminal offenses may preclude employment in many of the fields of criminal justice and may prevent optional internship opportunities.

Developmental Assistance Available
For students who do not meet basic reading and math requirements, or who have other learning issues, extra assistance is readily available through SUNY Ulster's Learning Center, Patrik Math Center, the Writing Center, the Peer and Friend Tutor Program, and English as a Second Language (ESL) tutors.

For More Information
James Truitt, Department Chair

Criminal Justice and Human Services 
Office: Hardenbergh Hall, HAR 120
Phone: 800:724-0833, ext 5156 or

To print a copy of the Program Planning Sheet, click here.

Click on the Course Number for the course description.
First Semester
Course Number Description Credits
CRJ 101 Criminal Justice System 3
ENG 101 College English I 3
MAT 105 or higher College Algebra I or
higher level mathematics
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
CRJ 121 or
CRJ 235
Corrections or 
Juvenile Justice System
Semester Credits 15-16
Second Semester

COM 103 or

COM 105

Oral Communication or

Public Speaking

CRJ 218 Scientific and Legal Aspects of Investigation 3
ENG 102 College English II 3
LIB 111 Information Literacy 1
PSY 101 General Psychology 3
Elective ** History Elective 3
Semester Credits 16
Third Semester
CRJ 201 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 215 Constitutional Criminal Procedure 3
MAT 211 Elementary Statistics 3
SOC 203 or
CRJ 230
Criminology or Understanding Crime & Criminal Behavior 3
Elective ** Liberal Arts Elective 3
Semester Credits 15
Fourth Semester
CRJ 231 Contemporary Issues in Justice 3

PHI 205 or

CRJ 233

Ethics or

Ethics in Criminal Justice


PSY 203 or

PSY 209

Abnormal Psychology or

Forensic Psychology

Elective Natural Science Elective 3-4
CRJ 255 or 
Elective **
Internship or
Program Elective
Semester Credits 15-17
Total Credits 61-64
NOTE: Through advisement, student will also fulfill General Education Requirements for an A.S. Degree.
 *  Approved Program Electives: CSC 101, SOC 203, SOC 206, SOC 207, SOC 213, POS 201, and/or any CRJ or HUS COURSE.
 ** Liberal Arts and History Elective by advisement to ensure selection of 30 SUNY General Education credits in 7 out of 10 Knowledge Areas required for seamless transfer.