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Criminal Justice

The Degrees

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

Certificate Program

The Outlook

Through the Criminal Justice degree program at Finger Lakes Community College, you can gain the academic knowledge and field experience needed for positions such as private detectives and investigators, police officers, security guards, and special agents.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 11 percent from 2012 to 2022, while employment of police officers is expected to grow 5 percent during this same time period.

The Programs

Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.)

The Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree in Criminal Justice at FLCC is designed to provide you with the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation for statutory, procedural, and constitutional law. You will learn to communicate effectively with professionals in criminal justice and related agencies.

If you are interested in pursuing a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice at a four-year institution, you will find that the A.A.S. program is designed to focus on specific subject areas such as corrections, police science, probation, and youth and/or community service.

Honors Courses: The College offers honors courses that provide enhanced educational experiences for students who have demonstrated outstanding academic ability. Enrollment in honors courses is open to qualified students in this degree program, as well as all other qualified FLCC students. Successful completion of honors courses or an Honors Certificate may increase student transfer options to four-year institutions.

Program Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to demonstrate:

  • knowledge of the component parts of the Criminal Justice System.
  • knowledge and understanding of the procedural safeguards in the adjudication of a criminal matter.
  • knowledge of the four (4) major areas of jurisdiction of the New York State Family Court and the procedural steps in each area.

Certificate Program

A certificate in Criminal Justice provides you with the opportunity to pursue studies in the law enforcement field and is fully transferable to the two-year degree program.

Curriculum Requirements

As a student in this program, you are required to complete a minimum of 24 credit hours with a grade point average of not less than C (2.0). For this certificate you must successfully complete:


  • ENG 101 Composition I

Social Science

  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

Criminal Justice

  • CJC 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJC 105 Criminal Law
  • CJC 110 Criminal Procedure Law
  • CJC 117 Issues in Constitutional Law
  • 3 credit hours Criminal Justice Electives
Recommended Sequence

First Semester (12 Credit Hours)

  • ENG 101 Composition I (3)
  • PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)
  • CJC 100 Introduction to Criminal Law (3)
  • CJC 105 Criminal Law (3)

Second Semester (12 Credit Hours)

  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (3)
  • CJC 110 Criminal Procedure Law (3)
  • CJC 117 Issues in Constitutional Law (3)
  • Criminal Justice Elective (3)

The Experience

The Cooperative Education Internship curriculum in the Criminal Justice program is designed to supplement and expand the theoretical and doctrinal concepts delivered in the classroom. Internships can be arranged at locations such as the Rochester Police Department, New York State Police Department, District Attorney's Offices in Ontario and Wayne Counties, and local County Sheriff's Departments.

The Graduates

Graduates of the program have become members of police departments in New York City, Rochester, and Washington D.C., as well as County Sheriff's Departments, the New York State Police Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the United States Marshall's Office, and the United States Secret Service. They also obtain employment in the areas of security, courts, and probation.

Those transferring to four-year institutions in criminal justice have found success at SUNY College at Brockport, Rochester Institute of Technology, Roberts Wesleyan College, and John Jay College, to name a few.*

Salary: In the criminal justice field, salary levels vary greatly depending on experience, education, rank, specialty, and geographic region.

According to the Occupational Outlook Handbook, the median annual wage for private detectives and investigators was $45,740 in May 2012. The handbook cited police officers annual salary as $56,980 during the same time period.

* This is a sampling of some of the four-year colleges and universities to which our students have transferred. Please consult your advisor or the Educational Planning and Career Services office for a complete listing of transfer agreements between Finger Lakes Community College and four-year institutions.

The Scholarships

Students in the Criminal Justice degree program meeting specific criteria may qualify for a number of scholarships including the Becker-Strong Memorial, New York State Sheriff's Association, and the Anthony L. Cecere Memorial Scholarships. For details, contact a member of the Criminal Justice faculty or the Financial Aid Office.

The Faculty

The current academic faculty were practitioners in the field with over sixty years of empirical experience. All of the active adjunct faculty are working in the field of criminal justice on various levels. Our law classes are administered by an attorney with an advance law degree specializing in constitutional issues and the Supreme Court of the United States. The law enforcement classes are enhanced by two retired patrol supervisors: a retired sergeant from the Rochester, New York police department and a former sheriff's sergeant from Monroe County. They bring urban experience to the classroom and a unique contemporary exposure to our classes.