Criminal Justice

The Degree

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

The Outlook

Through the Criminal Justice degree program at Finger Lakes Community College, you will gain the academic knowledge and field experience needed for preparing you to land positions such as:

  • Private Detective
  • Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Security Guard
  • Special Agent

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 Program

The A.A.S. Criminal Justice degree program 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
  • Youth and/or Community Service

Online Learning

FLCC's online learning offers you a flexible and convenient way to reach your educational goals. With this option, you can pursue your A.A.S. in Criminal Justice at least 50 percent online. 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

The Cooperative Education Internship curriculum in the criminal justice degree 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
  • The New York State Police Department
  • The District Attorney's Offices in Ontario and Wayne Counties
  • At 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
  • 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
  • John Jay College

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.

The Scholarships

A number of scholarships are awarded for this program if you meet specific criteria. Scholarships offered include the:

  • Becker/Strong Memorial
  • New York State Sheriffs' Association
  • Anthony L. Cecere Memorial
  • Agnes B. Valenti Criminal Justice Book Fund

For information on these scholarships, contact the FLCC Foundation.

The Faculty

The current faculty members of the program were practitioners in the field and combined hold over sixty years of empirical experience. The entire active adjunct faculty is working in the field of criminal justice at various levels.

FLCC's 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 taught by two retired patrol supervisors: a retired sergeant from the Rochester, NY Police Department and a former sheriff's sergeant from Monroe County. Together, they bring urban experience along with a unique contemporary exposure to the classroom.