Criminal Justice, AS

Room: C-Building, C-459

Phone: (718) 482-5785


The Criminal Justice degree provides a foundation in Law Enforcement and Public Service, allowing students to transfer to a number of 4-year program options. With the Joint degree program through John Jay, students are able to seamlessly transfer.

Are You Interested In...

  • Helping people?
  • Solving problems?
  • Public service?
  • Thinking about how people interact in systems?
  • Public safety and security?

Skills You Will Learn

  • Ethical analysis of the criminal justice system
  • Creative problem solving for large systems and daily life
  • Cooperative debate on the criminal justice system

What makes this major unique?

Criminal Justice is a Dual/Joint degree program with John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Once you complete your degree at LaGuardia, you will be able to enter John Jay College as a third year student in pursuit of a Bachelor’s degree. The Criminal Justice degree leads to careers in Public Service and the Criminal Justice system.

Career Possibilities

Students who major in Criminal Justice may pursue careers working in public policy, law enforcement, investigation, and/or criminal justice reform. This could include working in community organizations or with legislators at local, state or federal levels.

Transfer Possibilities

  • John Jay Justice Academy Dual Admission Program – BS in Criminal Justice (Institutional Theory & Practice)
  • BA or BS in Criminal Justice:
    • SUNY, Alfred State College of Technology; SUNY, Buffalo State; SUNY, Freedonia; SUNY, Oswego; Rutgers University; Temple University
  • BS in Forensic Science (will require Biology and Chemistry)

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I – 3
  • (or ENA101 depending on placement scores)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature – 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

  • Select one course from the following:
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra – 3 (depending on placement scores)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics I (STEM) – 3

Life and Physical Sciences: 3 credits

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physical Sciences
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 credits

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories AND one additional course from any of the five categories.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

Courses Credits
Criminal Justice
CJF101 First Year Seminar for Criminal Justice 3
SSJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
SSJ201 Criminology 3
SSJ202 Corrections and Sentencing 3
SSJ203 Policing 3
SSN204 Crime and Justice in Urban Society 3
ENG103 Writing and Preparing the Research paper 3
Social Science 9
SSS100 Introduction to Sociology 3
SSP101 U.S. Power and Politics 3
Select one of the following courses: 3
SSH101 Themes in American History to 1865
SSH102 Themes in American History since 1865
SSH103 Western Civilization from Ancient Times to the Renaissance
SSH104 Western Civilization from the Renaissance to Modern Times
SSH105 World History from Ancient Times to 1500
SSH106 World History from 1500 to the Present
SSH110 East Asia Civilization and Societies
SSH231 Afro-American History
SSH232 Survey of Latin American and Caribbean History
TOTAL CREDITS:    60          

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