SUNY Jefferson

Criminal Justice Certificate

Criminal justice students sitting at desk

Program Highlights

  • Program Type: Career, one-year
  • Delivery Method: On-campus
  • Personal Interest: Law and justice, security
  • Career Options: Law enforcement, private security companies
  • Skill Building: Problem-solving, communication
  • Program Code: HEGIS 5505

Build the foundation for your law enforcement career

Whether you are a recent high-school graduate, a military veteran, or a law enforcement professional with 20 years of experience, the Criminal Justice Certificate at Jefferson is a perfect first step for a successful future in law enforcement and security.

This one-year program includes core classes focused in criminal justice such as criminal administrative procedures, technical writing, psychology, sociology, and more.

This program offers:

  • Strong foundation in criminal procedures
  • Broad-based criminal justice coursework to enhance your skills
  • Career preparation whether you’re a rookie or an experienced professional

 

Go to work protecting people

A certificate in criminal justice gives you an edge in many law and security related fields plus prepares you for professional employment as a police investigator, corrections officer, crime lab technician, probation officer, and dozens of other roles.

Demand for law enforcement professionals is expected to grow by 7 percent through 2026. However, employment opportunities vary by location.

Learn the law and the skills to enforce it

When you complete the Criminal Justice Certificate you will be able to:

  • Prepare written material in a criminal justice setting
  • Read, understand and interpret written information
  • Apply written information in the form of laws, policies, procedures, directives, etc., to situations that are similar to experiences faced in the criminal justice system
  • Communicate effectively
  • Understand the organizational structure of criminal justice agencies

 

Contact Enrollment Services for Application and Admissions Information

Jules Center 6-010 (ground level)
admissions@sunyjefferson.edu
(315) 786-2437, fax (315) 786-2349 or toll free (888) 435-6522

9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m. Monday—Thursday
Extended hours on Tuesday evenings until 7:00 p.m
9:00 a.m.— 4:00 p.m. Friday

 

Go beyond the certificate

While the Criminal Justice Certificate prepares you for entry-level work an edge when taking  law related exams, many times a degree or more credits are needed.  You can transfer easily into the Criminal Justice A.S. or Homeland Security A.S. programs at Jefferson, and some of your credits will transfer.

 

Requirements for the Criminal Justice Certificate

Effective Fall 2017

Criminal Justice Electives
Criminal Justice Electives (21 credit hours) Credit Hours
Choose Approximately Seven Criminal Justice Electives 21
Liberal Arts Requirements (9 credit hours)
Liberal Arts Requirements (9 credit hours) Credit Hours
ENG 100: College Composition or
ENG 101: Research and Composition
3
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 245: Criminology or
SOC 246: Juvenile Delinquency
3

Total Credit Hours 30

 

Program contacts

Paul Alteri

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
palteri@sunyjefferson.edu 
(315) 786-2442

Edward Smalls

Instructor of Criminal Justice
esmalls@sunyjefferson.edu 
(315) 786-2441