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Program Description


If you picture yourself playing a positive role in the criminal justice system, Onondaga Community College’s Criminal Justice A.S. degree can help you develop the skills you will need in this challenging environment.

This degree lays the foundation for a four-year degree in a related field. If you are already employed in the criminal justice system, the degree can sharpen your skills and advance your career. If you have a special interest in issues related to juvenile justice, Onondaga offers a 12-credit minor in this critically important and relevant area.

The CRJ A.S. program provides an overview of the entire criminal justice system, including the court system, criminal law, police-community relations, ethics, juvenile justice, probation, parole, law, evidence, and criminology. If you plan to continue your studies in a related field, the A.S. degree is designed for a seamless transition into a four-year college or university program. If your plans change and you decide to enter the workforce after finishing your A.S. degree in Criminal Justice, you will be prepared for a variety of challenging positions.

We have highly experienced faculty which includes criminal justice experts from throughout Central New York, including professionals from the Syracuse Police Department, Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department, DeWitt Police Department and the New York State Police. Prominent local attorneys teach criminal law courses. In addition, experts in the field of criminalistics, juvenile delinquency and the investigation of child abuse serve on our faculty.

Program Prerequisites 

All students will be required to achieve placement at the ENG 103 and RDG 153 levels or concurrently be enrolled in ENG 099 and RDG 093 if placement is not at the college level to enroll in any CRJ course. 

Completion Requirements 

A final grade of C or better must be achieved in every criminal justice course to earn the A.S. degree in Criminal Justice. 

Transfer Credit 

Only credit from institutions that are accredited by their regional higher education accrediting body is accepted for transfer into the Criminal Justice program. No academic credit is awarded by the Criminal Justice program for life experience or for military, or other professional training. No credit toward graduation is awarded for pre-collegiate level or remedial work designed to prepare the student for collegiate study. No criminal justice major credits are to be completed through knowledge-based examinations (e.g., CLEP).