CRIMINAL JUSTICE/LAW ENFORCEMENT
In a maze of modern law enforcement and legalproceedings, the demand for highly qualifiedcriminal justice professionals is growing in police stations, correctional facilities and campus security headquarters.
Degree:Associate in Applied ScienceHEGIS Code: 5505Curriculum Code: 1035.CLECampus Location: North, DistanceBusiness & Public Service DivisionPre-Admission Recommendations: 2 years Math, 1 year ScienceCareer Opportunities/Further Education: Law enforcement agencies, corrections facilities,private or industrial security, conservation officer, or campus security
CRIMINAL JUSTICE/LAW ENFORCEMENT
Program DescriptionIn the maze of modern law enforcement and legal pro-ceedings, demand for highly qualified criminal justiceprofessionals is heard in police stations, correctionalfacilities, and campus security headquarters. Accord-ingly, the criminal justice curriculum prepares studentsfor employment in the various areas of criminal justiceand for further education if desired.
The Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement curriculum isdesigned to provide a foundation in the theory and ex-ecution of law and to prepare students to assume re-sponsible positions in any of a variety of criminal justiceagencies. Sixty percent of the courses in the curricu-lum focus on criminal justice while the other 40 per-cent are in social sciences, humanities and liberal arts.
Graduates of the program will have the background tocontinue and serve as police officers, conservation offi-
cers, correctional officers, or campus safety officers.Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement graduates will havethe background that will qualify them to work in privateor industrial security. Students anticipating doing any typeof investigative work will benefit from this curriculum.
The program prepares students to transfer to four-yearinstitutions offering bachelor's degrees in Criminal Jus-tice and related fields.
When students graduate from this program, they willbe able to step into almost any facet of criminal justicework and not only feel comfortable, but have a thor-ough understanding of the functions of the particulararea they have entered. They should have the knowl-edge and the background to make them excellentpractitioners in the field and be an asset to the agencythat hires them.
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SUNY Erie deplores such conduct as an abuse of authority. Allegations leading to conviction can result in suspension or termination of employment. Related inquiries should be addressed to: Title IX, ADA and Section 504 Compliance Coordinator, 851-1119. 2/2018
Special Admission Requirements/PrerequisitesStudents entering this program must be physically able to fulfill allrequirements. Students are encouraged to consult an advisor inthe department regarding scheduling.
Program CompetenciesUpon graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree inCriminal Justice/Law Enforcement, the graduate will be able to:
demonstrate an understanding of the criminal justice vocabulary; demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical and historical background in the three parts of criminal justice: lawenforcement, courts and corrections;
demonstrate an understanding of the theories on causes ofcrime: economic, sociological and psychological;
demonstrate a working knowledge of the New York Statepenal laws and the criminal procedure laws;
demonstrate an understanding of and work in industrial andretail security;
recognize people with mental disorders: psychotics, psychopaths, personality disorders; people intoxicated by drugs:LSD, heroin, PCP, etc; sexual aberrations; suicide potentials andbe aware of methods of handling such individuals;
demonstrate an understanding of police ethics and how to resolve practical problems of an ethical nature;
demonstrate an understanding of basic qualities of a criminalinvestigation: fingerprinting, photographing a crime scene,plaster casting, handling and recording of physical evidence;
demonstrate an understanding of our correctional system; theuse of penitentiaries and prisons in American society; proba-tion and parole concepts and usages; the nature of punishmentand present trends in corrections; and
demonstrate an understanding of the internal workings of police departments; organizational and leadership problems;planning and research; inspection procedures; personnel prob-lems and contemporary problems of police departments.
CURRICULUMTotal Degree Credits: 64.0
First Year, Fall SemesterCR 150 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 cr)CR 160 Criminology (3 cr)CR 170 Criminal Law (3 cr)EN 110 College Composition (3 cr)PE 202 Physical Fitness I (1 cr)______ Elective (open) (3 cr)
First Year, Spring SemesterCR 200 Industrial and Retail Security (3 cr)CR 260 Criminal Courts and Procedures (3 cr)CR 210 Deviant Behavior (3 cr)CS 101 Computer Literacy (3 cr)EN 111 Composition and Interpretation of Literature (3 cr)
Second Year, Fall SemesterCR 220 Criminal Justice Ethics (3 cr)CR 230 Criminal Investigations I (3 cr)CR 231 Lab for CR 230 (3 cr)PS 100 General Psychology (3 cr)______ Math Elective (3 cr)______ Liberal Arts Elective (3 cr)
Second Year, Spring SemesterCR 290 Criminal Investigations II (3 cr)CR 250 Introduction to Corrections (3 cr)CR 270 Police Administration (3 cr)PE 203 Physical Fitness II (1 cr)______ Natural Science Elective (3 cr)SO 100 Introduction to Sociology (3 cr)
Note: This is a recommended sequence. Student should consult his/her academic adviser prior to registering.
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