Criminal Justice: Police

A rewarding career in law enforcement starts here.

Demand for criminal justice professionals is growing, and Monroe Community College's criminal justice: police associate degree equips you to compete for the best jobs.

The criminal justice police program offers the high level of professional training required for this challenging and rewarding field. The law & criminal justice department developed the criminal justice police program in collaboration with a county-wide advisory board, helping to ensure the most relevant and effective curriculum for a successful career as a police officer or other law enforcement agent.

In addition to police officer, the criminal justice police program lays a strong foundation for a wide range of front-line law enforcement positions, including:

  • Asset protection officer
  • Sheriff or deputy sheriff
  • Campus safety officer
  • State trooper
  • Patrol officer

Study Police Science in the Classroom and in the Field

The police option of MCC’s criminal justice program emphasizes the specific skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to be an effective law enforcement agent. You’ll study the structure and functions of all things related to criminal justice, including the principles of law and justice, the structure of the courts, the importance of community involvement, and the role of corrections.

You’ll apply what you learn through an internship, enabling you to get workplace experience under the supervision of a public agency or private firm in the criminal justice field. Upon successful completion, you’ll be ready to apply for law enforcement positions in many municipal organizations and select federal departments, including:

  • Monroe County Sheriff
  • New York State Police
  • Town police departments
  • Private corporations

To find out more about the criminal justice: police associate degree from Monroe Community College, contact the admissions office at or (585) 292-2200.


A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department:Law/Criminal Justice

School(s): Community Engagement & Development

CIP Code: 43.0107
MCC Program Code: CJ03
NYSED Code (DCC): 01253

100% of this program can be completed online.

The Police option of the Criminal Justice program is designed to meet the needs of state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies, as well as those of selected federal departments. It emphasizes the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to be an effective professional law enforcement agent in a democratic society.

The program provides the opportunity for preparation in the law process and science of criminal justice. This program includes an internship component.

Graduates who meet certain physical and moral standards may qualify for positions at the federal, state, county, and municipal level. Graduates may also be required to pass a qualifying civil service exam for employment.
Readmitted students who have not attended for 3 years (6 semesters) will be readmitted under the current program requirements.
(Housed in the Law and Criminal Justice Department)

Program Learning Outcomes
1) Describe the structure and functions of the law enforcement component of the criminal justice system.
2) Describe the structure and functions of the courts component of the criminal justice system.
3) Describe the structure and functions of the corrections component of the criminal justice system.
4) Explain the interactions of law enforcement courts corrections and the community in addressing crime in society.
5) Explain core principles of law and justice as they apply to the roles of citizen and criminal justice professional.
6) Apply the appropriate principles of law and justice to situations that are encountered in the criminal justice professions.
7) Identify appropriate responses to ethical issues encountered in the criminal justice professions.
8) Discuss principles related to the acquisition preservation and presentation of evidence in a criminal case.
9) Identify criminal justice career options and their required qualifications.
10) Develop career-related competencies through workplace experience.

Employment Potential
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Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
POS 102 American National Government OR
HSM 103 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Terrorism and Homeland Security
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 103 Constitutional Law and Rights of People3
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
PSY 100 Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships OR
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology***
CRJ 104 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 201 Criminal Investigations OR
CRJ 209 Forensic Science I
CRJ 204 Juvenile Justice3
PEJ 101 Physical Fitness I - Criminal Justice2
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
MTH 130 Modern Business Mathematics+ or higher3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
CRJ 207 Criminal Evidence3
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours
SOC 203 Criminology3
CRJ 211 Community Values and the Administration of Justice3
CRJ 121 Criminal Justice Education Internship I 3

* ENG 105 recommended
** SPC 141 or SPC 144 highly recommended
*** PSY 101 highly recommended if student intends to transfer to a four-year college
+ MTH 160 highly recommended if student intends to transfer to a four-year college (note prerequisites)
++ CRJ 102, 105, 170, 171, 172, 201, 203, 209, 217, LAW 101, 110

Students with TRS 105 placement must register for the CRJ Learning Community: CRJ 101, CRJ 103, TRS 105 and COS 101, if not previously completed.
Students with TRS 200 placement must register for a CRJ Learning Community: CRJ 101, CRJ 103, TRS 200 and COS, 101 if not previously completed.
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