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Criminal Justice

National security has become the fastest growing topic in local, state and federal government. Students graduating from Cayuga's Criminal Justice programs will find many opportunities for employment and further education as security issue continues to remain in the forefront of society.

 

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Criminal Justice: Police A.A.S.
  • Criminal Justice: Corrections A.A.S.

Criminal Justice: Police A.A.S. students will:

  • Interpret criminal and civil laws as they apply to your position
  • Apply the law as it applies to your position
  • The required interpersonal skills
  • Possess an awareness of culturally diverse issues as they apply to law enforcement
  • The development of your professional self
  • Use knowledge to solve problems in the enforcement of laws and rules in your position
  • Continue your education at a 4-year institution

Criminal Justice: Corrections A.A.S. students will:

  • Interpret criminal and civil laws as they apply to your position
  • Apply the law as it applies to your position
  • The required interpersonal skills
  • Possess an awareness of culturally diverse issues as they apply to law enforcement
  • The development of your professional self
  • Use knowledge to solve problems in the enforcement of laws and rules in your position
  • Continue your education at a 4-year institution

 

Cayuga Success Stories

“Cayuga allowed me to get a lot of extra help from various instructors because it's smaller. All my Criminal Justice credits transferred to Oswego, and they prepared me well for upper-level courses. In law enforcement the best instructors are those that have been in the field. It's good to hear their stories and ideas because it helped me to be prepared to encounter all the gray areas of this career.”  — Andy Kalet '98 Transferred to SUNY Oswego and graduated in Public Justice in 2000; has served with the Auburn City Police Department since 2001

“My instructors had the background in law enforcement to guide me through the process of entering the academy.”  — Brandy Seamans '96, officer with the Auburn City Police

“The professors didn't just teach from a book, they related real experiences so that you were able to see the connection. Cayuga helped me be more prepared for Wells, and I wouldn't have changed a thing.”  — Lynne Taber '03 transferred to Wells College to study sociology/anthropology with future plans to enroll in law school

“What makes Cayuga's Criminal Justice program so successful is that they draw on professionals from the field to instruct the students. They bring working knowledge and first-hand examples that give the students much more than theory.”  — Jim Vargason '80, former Cayuga County District Attorney

 

Transfer and Career Information

All credits from the Criminal Justice degree are transferable into the Public Justice degree at SUNY Oswego. Additionally, students have found their credits accepted at many of the other SUNY campuses and private colleges.

For information about careers in law enforcement, go to www.policeemployment.com

 

Program Highlights

  • Cayuga enjoys a longstanding reputation in the law enforcement community for preparing quality officers.
  • Courses are taught by prominent professionals from law enforcement, district attorneys' offices, and private law firms.
  • The forensic chemistry course, required for the Criminal Justice/Police program, introduces students to essential areas of DNA and forensic science.
  • Students gain real-world experience and valuable insight through internships and other relationships with law enforcement agencies and professionals.
  • Extensive law library for research and reference.
  • Special attention given to preparing students for the job search, particularly in navigating civil service procedures.
  • Professional advice and job leads from an extensive network of alumni in established positions.
  • Spend 2 weeks in London taking CJ 165-International Studies to learn about the criminal justice system and emergency services of Great Britain.

 

Program Resources:

 

For information, please contact:

Auburn Campus:
Theresa Misiaszek
315-255-1743 x 2427
misiaszek@cayuga-cc.edu

Fulton Campus:
John E. Lamphere
11 River Glen Drive
Fulton, NY 13069
315-592-4143 x 3074
lamphere@cayuga-cc.edu