Criminal Justice

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

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Serve and protect your community with a career in law enforcement. Gain crucial insight into the U.S. legal system and correction practices while preparing to create a safer and more just society.

The Outlook

The criminal justice field is diverse and offers a variety of exciting career opportunities. With a degree in Criminal Justice from FLCC, you'll be ready to explore successful employment opportunities in areas such as law enforcement, the courts, private security, military service, parole, probation, or correctional facilities. With your education, you'll be prepared to advance your studies and pursue a four-year degree in criminal justice or a related area.

The Program

As a Criminal Justice student, you'll gain a strong background in statutory, procedural, and constitutional law. Our degree program teaches you how to communicate effectively with professionals in criminal justice and related agencies. Throughout your studies, you'll experience courses in criminal law, corrections, probation practices, law enforcement, parole, and youth or community service. Your core classes will feature a strong framework of courses in criminal justice—which will provide you the knowledge and critical thinking skills that are necessary for a successful future in this field.

Online Learning

Online learning provides a convenient and flexible way to earn an education. Study on your time and from a location that fits your busy schedule. FLCC’s Criminal Justice degree is available partially online, so you can complete courses outside the classroom. Learn more about FLCC online learning.

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.

The Experience

Outside the classroom setting, some of our students have explored internship opportunities in a criminal justice role. Previous students have interned with law enforcement agencies, district attorney offices, and with criminal justice support agencies.

The Graduates

Graduates of our program have gone on to work in law enforcement at state and local agencies, and some have landed positions in private security. Others have been hired by the U.S. Federal Probation Office and U.S. Border Patrol. Additional graduates have pursued four-year degree opportunities in criminal justice or a related area at SUNY Brockport, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Oswego, RIT, Roberts Wesleyan College, St. John Fisher College, and Nazareth College. Some of our graduates who hold a bachelor's degree in this field or a related area have obtained positions with the Drug Force Administration, U.S. Marshall's Office, U.S. Secret Service, and with various courts in the New York State court system.

The Scholarships

In our Criminal Justice degree program, you'll have the opportunity to pursue a variety of scholarships. We offer program scholarships such as the Becker/Strong Memorial Scholarship, Anthony L. Cecere Memorial Scholarship, and Agnes B. Valenti Criminal Justice Book Fund. In addition to these scholarships, you can also apply for the New York State Sheriff's Association scholarship. To learn about these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

The Faculty

Our Criminal Justice degree and certificate programs are taught by a dedicated faculty that brings decades of criminal justice experience with them to the classroom. Law classes are administered by an attorney and law enforcement courses are taught by a former Rochester, NY sergeant and a former Monroe County sheriff's sergeant. Our adjunct faculty also brings a blend of experiences with them to FLCC. From patrolmen to Chief of Police to Chief Corrections Administrator, our programs are represented by a well-rounded adjunct faculty that has many years of experience in this field.

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