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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.

With courses covering topics on all aspects of the criminal justice system–from contemporary issues in juvenile crime and delinquency to theories and practices surrounding punishment and corrections, you’ll enhance your analytical skills and gain a firm foundation in research to support investigations.

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

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 identify 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 for their employer and their career.

Program Curriculum

The B.S. in Criminal Justice Systems curriculum consists of 56 credit hours. Face-to-face classes meet one night each week for four hours, and you’ll spend additional time outside of class completing readings, assignments, case studies, online discussions, and group work. Face-to-face classes other than EXP 300 will be held at your chosen branch campus or partner site; you’ll start EXP 300 on the College’s main campus when you attend New Student Orientation.

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 Applied 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 Current Issues in the U.S. Judiciary 3
CJS 313 Issues Corrections/Community Corrections 3
CJS 317 Juvenile Delinquency:Development/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 4


Earn your B.S. in Criminal Justice Systems at our main campus, a branch campus, or a partner site:

Corning Community College Corning
Jefferson County BOCES Watertown
Keuka College Keuka Park
Onondaga Community College Syracuse
Rochester Police Department Rochester
Rochester Police Locust Club Club Rochester
Tompkins Cortland Community College Cortland
Washington Street Properties Watertown

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

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Undergraduate Admissions

Bachelor’s programs run on a year-round basis provided minimum enrollment is met – the ideal cohort size is 8-15 students. Keuka College ASAP students are often considered full-time for financial aid purposes. Students must have access to the Internet, either at home or at a public location, for the entirety of their program.

Application Deadlines

Programs begin three times each year, with start dates scheduled in January, May and August. Applicants are encouraged to apply at least 30 days prior to the month of their planned enrollment.

Applications will be accepted on a continuous basis and applicants will be notified of their admissions status once a decision has been made.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of an associate’s degree, or 60 or more transferable credits from an accredited institution. Some applicants may need additional credits to meet prerequisite, liberal arts, or graduation requirements. Keuka College offers several completion options to earn these credits.
  • Applicants must demonstrate an appropriate combination of maturity, experience and motivation.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Additional requirements for Nursing RN to B.S. program

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.
  • Complete prerequisite courses if needed.

Additional requirements for B.S. in Social Work program

  • Complete prerequisite courses if needed.

How to Apply

Applicants are encouraged to apply online. Required documents for admission include:

  • Completed application form.
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee.
  • Official transcripts for each college or university attended.
  • Apply for financial aid (if applicable). This should be completed at the time of application. Failure to apply on a timely basis may delay the financial aid award and start of program.

Supplemental materials should be sent to:

Keuka College
Office of Admissions
141 Central Avenue
Keuka Park, NY 14478