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Criminal Justice, A.S.


The American system of criminal justice is composed of three major components: Law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. It remains a rapidly growing professional and academic field. The Criminal Justice degree program at SUNY Niagara utilizes a strong behavioral science and general education foundation. It’s this combination of knowledge and interdisciplinary insight that provides the student of criminal justice with insight and understanding into the complex societal problem of crime and the administrations of justice.

The student that graduates from the Criminal Justice program should be able to use the knowledge and skills he/she has acquired in a variety of career opportunities. Graduates have obtained professional careers in the criminal justice system at the local, state, and federal levels. Although some graduates begin their career immediately after obtaining their Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, most graduates continue their academic studies at four-year institutions and embark on their careers after completing their Bachelor’s Degree requirements.

Program Goals and Objectives
  • Although the A.S. degree in Criminal Justice can provide some students the preparatory educational background for entry-level positions throughout the criminal justice system, most graduates will continue their studies at upper-level institutions.
  • Students will meet at least seven of the ten SUNY General Education Requirements.
  • The Criminal Justice program provides a supportive educational background in the progress and academic growth of individuals currently working in the criminal justice system.
  • The Criminal Justice program will prepare students for successful transfer to four-year institutions in criminal justice and related fields.

Alumni Spotlight

Michael J. Filicetti ’10

Sheriff, Niagara County

“I always knew I wanted to be a police officer and serve the community I grew up in. In my senior year of high school at Lewiston Porter it was time to select a college to attend. I knew that SUNY Niagara had a great reputation for their Criminal Justice program. Many local law enforcement officers attended SUNY Niagara and launched into careers with local police agencies. The professors were all very knowledgeable and worked with you until you understood the material. This program is a great foundation for whatever path you choose in the world of law and order. I originally attended SUNY Niagara from 1990-1992 and my college career was cut short with an opportunity to attend the Niagara County Law Enforcement Academy at SUNY Niagara. In 2009, I attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy and then returned to finish a few classes at SUNY Niagara. I received my Associate Degree in Criminal Justice in 2010.”

Michael J. Filicetti