Introduction to Criminal Justice (Microcredential)

The six-credit Introduction to Criminal Justice microcredential provides a broad introduction to the study of criminal justice as both a practical and academic concern.

Students who complete this microcredential will have a better understanding of the field of study and whether they wish to pursue a degree in the field.

Hudson Valley Community College offers both associate in science and associate in applied science degrees in Criminal Justice. Completion of this microcredential may help you decide which degree pathway is right for you.


  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Introduction to Criminal Law

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Program Learning Outcomes

Upon the completion of this microcredential, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of substantive and procedural law, identify different types of crimes, and their corresponding legal defenses, and apply their understanding of constitutional amendments to criminal procedure.
  • Differentiate between the functions of the three components of the criminal justice system (police, courts, corrections); identify and assess the constitutional principles relevant to the administration of justice; develop critical thinking skills to evaluate and assess issues of culture, diversity, equity and inclusion as it applies to the criminal justice system.

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Ricky P. Thibodeau
Business and Criminal Justice DEPARTMENT CHAIRPERSON