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Criminal Justice A.S. Degree

Program Advisor: Reena Bucknell
 
Approved through the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

The Criminal Justice program offers career preparation for law enforcement at the local, state, or federal level; corrections; private security; and other criminal justice work. Courses also provide upgrading of skills for those currently in the field. 

A student planning on studies at the baccalaureate level should work closely with a Criminal Justice advisor to select courses that will be acceptable to the college and program to which the student plans to transfer. These majors include but are not limited to criminal justice, sociology, paralegal, political science, police science, criminology, and public administration. This is a Quinn Bill eligible program.

Expected Outcomes

Graduates of this program should be able to:

  • use effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication;
  • demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards in the criminal justice system and apply these standards to practical situations;
  • describe the functions and interrelationships of the major components of the criminal justice system;
  • explain the diversity of viewpoints and experiences within society;
  • analyze how perceptions are affected by culture;
  • identify a social problem, develop a problem-solving approach, and evaluate effective and appropriate responses.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 60 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below.

Program               36 Credits
CRJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 108 Substance Abuse Education 3
CRJ 109 Police and Community Relations 3
CRJ 121 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 123 Criminal Procedures 3
CRJ 125 Juvenile Justice Process 3
CRJ 126 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ 127 Correctional Process 3
CRJ 200 Introduction to Criminology OR  
SOC 219 Women and the Law 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
SOC 105 Introductory Sociology 3
Professional Elective (see footnote 3) 3
General Education 24 Credits
COM  Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 6
MAT Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
History or Government (see footnote 2) 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Natural or Physical Science OR Environmental Studies 3
Additional As Shown
Core Competencies Portfolio 4 items
Forum 4 Units
Health/Fitness (see footnote 4) 30 Hours
Minimum Cumulative Average - Overall & Area of Specialization 2.000
SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION:

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary   according to each student's individual needs. 

First Semester 15 Credits
CRJ 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 108 Substance Abuse Education 3
PSY 107 Introductory Psychology 3
ENG Composition/Writing 3
MAT        Mathematics (see footnote 1) 3
Second Semester 15 Credits
CRJ 121 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 127 Correctional Process 3
SOC 105 Introductory Sociology 3
COM Communication 3
ENG English Composition/Writing 3
Third Semester 15 Credits
CRJ 109 Police and Community Relations 3
CRJ 123 Criminal Procedures 3
History or Government (See footnote 2) 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) OR Environmental Studies 3
Fourth Semester 15 Credits
CRJ 125 Juvenile Justice Process 3
CRJ 126 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ 200 Introduction to Criminology OR  
SOC 219 Women and the Law 3
Professional Elective (See footnote 3) 3
Humanities and Fine Arts 3

Footnotes: 

1. MAT 101, or any course with the "MA" General Education designation; students wishing to transfer should take MAT 102 or higher.

2. History or Government chosen from GOV 105, GOV 135, HIS 113, HIS 114, HIS 117, HIS 118, or HIS 225.

3. Professional Elective chosen from CIS 102, CRJ 200 or SOC 219, CRJ 201, HSV 135, SOC 136, SOC 208, SOC 212, SOC 216, SOC 228, or SPA 101, SPA 131, or others with Program Advisor approval. 

4. Fulfilled by successful completion of CRJ 108.

Note: Any prior criminal offense could hinder placement in clinical agencies and the ability to take national licensure examinations. See Criminal Offender Record Information Checks.