Two-year criminal justice program now available

Two-year criminal justice program now available

Alfred State is now offering a new associate-level criminal justice program.

The AS in criminal justice will focus on the development, structure, and function of the US criminal justice system, as well as ethical law enforcement practices and community relations. The program will prepare graduates to enter the job market or a police academy, to seamlessly transfer into criminal justice programs at the baccalaureate level, or to enter Alfred State’s existing technology management BBA program.

In addition, professional course work with a management component will be required to begin to prepare graduates for administrative and leadership positions within the field. Job opportunities exist in law enforcement at the local, county, state and federal levels, and in correctional institutions, parole and probation departments, private security companies, and police science organizations, among others.

The major was developed in response to inquiries about the availability of such a program at Alfred State, the popularity and success of similar programs at regional community colleges and peer colleges of technology, and opportunities for graduates to continue their education or to find employment across a broad job market. The demand and employment opportunities for graduates in criminal justice should remain steady well into the future.

Alfred State President Dr. Skip Sullivan said, “The public interest in criminal justice is significant, as are the opportunities this field presents graduates. Alfred State is pleased to be able to add another high-demand major to its academic offerings. I thank the faculty who worked to make this program possible.”

Dr. Kristin Poppo, vice president for Academic Affairs, said, “The criminal justice program is a wonderful addition to the Alfred State curriculum and complements our strong forensic science technology major. We look forward to continuing to build vibrant programs that best serve New York State.”

To fulfill degree requirements, each student must complete 60 total semester credit hours, including a minimum of 39 credit hours of liberal arts and sciences from seven of the 10 State University of New York general education categories, and earn a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a grade of “C” or better in the core criminal justice courses (CJUS prefixes).