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Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP)

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Systems

If you’ve made the study of crime and social justice your career and want a competitive edge, or if you’re looking to break into the field, Keuka College’s B.S. in Criminal Justice Systems can help you meet your goals.

Our adult learning program understands that you may have family and job responsibilities, and so our accelerated format caters to your hectic schedule.

Through hard work and study, Keuka’s criminal justice program opens the doors for careers in law enforcement, public and private investigations, corrections, probation, education, law, juvenile services or intelligence.

From classes on crime solving to theories and practices surrounding punishment and corrections, you’ll enhance your understanding of the criminal justice system. When your two years comes to a close, you will have a broad knowledge of criminal justice issues, deeper analytical skills, a firm foundation in research to support investigations and an achievement that will last a lifetime.

Throughout your program, you’ll complete an Action Research Project (ARP) as the real-world capstone to your studies. You’ll receive the tools to observe a workplace issue and then develop a solution to put into practice. Our students tell us that the results of their ARP are often implemented in their workplace, which builds value to their employer and their career.

For more information about becoming a student, including admissions requirements, click here.

Attend class one night each week. Finish your degree in about 2 years if you have prior college credit.


Earn your B.S. in Criminal Justice Systems at one of the following locations:

Cayuga Community College Auburn
Corning Community College Corning
Finger Lakes Community College Canandaigua
Genesee Community College—Batavia Batavia
Jefferson Community College Watertown
Mohawk Valley Community College Utica
Monroe Community College—Damon Campus Rochester
Onondaga Community College Syracuse

Program Curriculum

The B.S. in Criminal Justice curriculum consists of 19 courses and 56 credit hours. For planning purposes, classes meet one night each week for four hours. Students spend additional time outside of class to complete readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work.

Courses You’ll Take

Course Title Credits
EXP 300 Foundations for Adult & Exp Learning 1
CJS 301 Current Issues in Criminal Justice 3
ENG 300 College Writing for Transfer Students 4
CJS 315 Deviance and Social Control 3
CJS 303 Criminology 3
CJS 305 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
SOC 302 Ethnic Diversity 3
POL 321 Constitutional Law 3
CJS 307 Current Issues in Law Enforcement 3
ENG 302 Action Research Project I 3
CJS 309 The Judicial System 3
CJS 313 Punishment and Corrections 3
CJS 317 Juvenile Delinquency: Development and Trends 3
CJS 321 The Investigative Process 3
CJS 403 White Collar Crime 3
PSY 336 Abnormal Psychology & Psychopathology 3
PHL 302 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
INS 301I IS: Crime and Justice 3
CJS 405 CJ Action Research Project 3

*EXP 300 – Foundations for Adult and Experiential Learning - This 5-week course requires students to attend an 8-hour, face-to-face class at Keuka College and to participate in online coursework. The course begins 2 weeks prior to the in-class session and requires work to be completed each week.

Skills and Job Info

Upon program completion, graduates will have acquired:

  • A broad-based knowledge of criminal justice issues
  • Critical, reflective and analytical thinking skills
  • The ability to conduct research supporting theory and opinion on current criminal justice issues
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Problem solving and decision making skills

Recent graduates represent a cross section of area employers and career fields including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Public and private investigations
  • Corrections
  • Probation
  • Private industry
  • Education
  • Law and the court system
  • Juvenile services
  • Intelligence