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Study criminal justice at JCC

Directly influence how crimes are brought to light and justice is delivered. A degree in Criminal Justice from Jamestown Community College prepares you for careers in law enforcement, the courts, and corrections through classroom work and field experience.

Criminal justice is the process of how crimes are solved, mysteries are explained, and people are protected. Lead the front lines as a police officer or dispatcher. Take on a case as a crime scene investigator or forensic scientist. Be a voice of justice in the court systems as a defense attorney, prosecutor, or victim advocate. Work directly with those who need your help most as a counselor, case worker, or psychologist.

The A.S. degree prepares you for transfer to continue coursework in criminal justice and pursue careers in local, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies, as well as non-government organizations. You can also apply to the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy, which offers you opportunities in sheriff and police departments and agencies.

JCC’s Criminal Justice program is highly recognized and has consistently excellent enrollment. Many local officials in law enforcement earned their degree from JCC.

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Where You Can Work

Where You Can Work

  • Sheriff’s department, state and local police, FBI
  • Legal system and courts
  • Social service agencies
  • Private companies

Job Roles

Job Roles

  • With advanced education: lawyer, private investigator, forensic psychologist
  • After JCC graduation: law enforcement, probation, corrections

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Future in criminal justice

As a graduate of the Criminal Justice program, you’ll leave ready for a career in local, county, state, tribal, and federal agencies, as well as non-government organizations.

Our alumni have worked at the local and regional level in county sheriff’s departments, state police, Seneca Nation marshals, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation police. They have also worked with the Department of Homeland Security, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

You can also continue your studies in the Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Academy. The academy’s training program provides successful graduates with up to 45 college credits and a certificate of completion from the New York State Certified Basic Police Training Course, which is a legal requirement for municipal police officers in New York.

Law Enforcement Courts Corrections

Patrol officer
Sheriff's deputy
Federal agent
Crime scene investigator
Forensic scientist

Defense attorney
Court clerk
Court reporter
Victim advocate

Corrections officer
Probation officer
Parole officer
Case worker
Vocational/academic teacher


Minimum program credit hours: 60

Program Codes
Degree Option
Associate in Science Degree
Hegis Code
Curriculum Code
General Requirements
27 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
ENG 1530: English Composition II3 BCOM H CENG
ENG 1540: Writing About Literature3 HUMA H CWRT, VEDP
Humanities Electives

Up to 3 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

3 (X) H
PSY 1510: General Psychology or SOC 1510: Introduction to Sociology3 SOSC S SR, (VEDP)
Social Science Electives

Up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

6 (X-X) S
Mathematics Electives (college level)

3 credits must be SUNY General Education-category specific.

Mathematics and Sciences Electives

Up to 6 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

6 (X-X) N
Core Requirements
21 credit hours Degree Requirements Met
CRI 1510: Introduction to Criminal Justice3 S

At least 9 CRI credits numbered 2000 or higher and at least 2 of the following courses must be taken:

CRI 1320: Introduction to Law Enforcement3
CRI 1520: Introduction to Corrections3
CRI 2530: Criminal Law3
SOC 2560: Criminology3
12 credit hours Degree Requirements Met

Up to 9 credits may need to be SUNY General Education-category specific.

Important Points
  • Recommended mathematics and sciences electives include MAT 1540, CSC 1510, and CRI 2540.

  • Criminal justice electives should be selected with career goals in mind. Working closely with the academic advisor will help assure the correct mix of electives.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad components (duties and responsibilities) of the criminal justice system, i.e. the police, courts, and corrections.
  2. Analyze the interactions of police, courts, and corrections within the criminal justice system.
  3. Communicate effectively, in oral and written form, their understanding and analyses of crime and justice issues as they apply their knowledge to real-world problems and questions.
  4. Identify the different stages of the criminal justice process.