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Protect your community

Onondaga’s Criminal Justice program develops students’ abilities to pursue a career in law enforcement and its related fields. 

What You'll Learn

Throughout this course you’ll gain an overview of the entire criminal justice system, including courts, criminal law, law enforcement and police-community relations, ethics, delinquency, institutional and community corrections, criminology, private security, homeland security, and forensics. You’ll also study psychology and sociology as they relate to the field. 

Where You'll Go

Upon successful completion of this program, you’ll be prepared to continue your studies toward a four-year degree, or to launch directly into a career in law enforcement, corrections, private security, or juvenile offender settings.  Also, if you are already working in the field, a degree can help advance your career. 

Typical Salary

5 years after graduating with a Bachelor's degree.


Popular careers, growth potential, and regional demand for the past 12 months.
Career 10-year growth potential Regional Demand
Private Detective / Investigator 15% Average
Paralegal 16% Average

Real Data from Central New York

  • Data reflect previous twelve-month period in the Syracuse Metropolitan Area and surrounding five-county Central New York region.
  • Salary gathered from SUNY Graduate Wages (data source: NYS Unemployment Insurance) unless otherwise indicated. 
  • Demand is determined by the number of job postings in the region over the past twelve months. 
  • Occupational growth potential gathered from Burning Glass.   

Top Transfer Partners

  • SUNY Albany
  • Buffalo State
  • Cazenovia College
  • SUNY Oswego