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Associate in Science

Criminal Justice Program

Any student whose career plans include probation, corrections, or law enforcement requires not only a broad understanding of the criminal justice system, but also a fundamental knowledge of the social and behavioral sciences.

Students who are matriculated and place into developmental math and/or English are required to begin the course sequence in the first semester. Please see an advisor with questions.

As the only public institution offering a Criminal Justice degree on Cape Cod, we have created a student-centered learning community that prepares students for a variety of professional opportunities in the various criminal justice careers such as probation, corrections, law enforcement and employment in the court system. Through classroom instruction and experiential learning we provide a broad understanding of the criminal justice system and a fundamental knowledge of the social and behavioral sciences, particularly as they apply to the field of criminal justice.

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First SemesterCredits
CRJ100 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRJ105 Criminology, Theory & Practice
CRJ116 Introduction to Corrections
ENL101 English Composition I
  Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning (or)
Natural or Physical Science
3 (or) 4
Second SemesterCredits
CRJ103 Criminal Law
CRJ125 Contemporary Policing
    Criminal Justice Elective
BIO105   Survey of Human Anatomy & Physiology
  English Composition II

Human Communication
Third SemesterCredits
CRJ206 Principles of Investigation I
CRJ210 Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice Elective
HIS104   U.S. History since 1865
PSY101   General Psychology
Fourth SemesterCredits
CRJ207   Principles of Investigation II
CRJ240   Selected Issues in Criminal Justice
CRJ261   Criminal Justice Cooperative Work Experience*
SOC106   Principles of Sociology
    Elective 3
Total Credits 61–62

Capitol letter M to designate a milestone course Designates a Milestone course. A milestone course must be completed in the semester indicated to ensure that you remain on track to continue on in your program and graduate on time.

*CRJ261 Criminal Justice Cooperative Work Experience can be completed in the fall, spring, or summer semesters. Please refer to the policy statement of Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) and Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) checks.

Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program, students are able to:

  • Read, write, discuss, and think critically about topics and ideas in criminal justice.
  • Analyze ethical issues in criminal justice
  • Appy ethical principles to the performance of roles and responsibilities in criminal justice careers.
  • Synthesize information from the diversity literature in sociology, psychology, history, and criminal justice to determine sensitive and effective interactions with people encountered in criminal justice settings.
  • Assume positions in a variety of criminal justice careers.
  • Transfer to professional baccalaureate programs.

The Criminal Justice program prepares students who intend to enter the fields of Law Enforcement, Corrections, or the Court System at all governmental levels. Also, careers in the private sector that include, but are not limited to private security, industrial security, and various external agencies that are associated with the criminal justice community.

This occupational profile is provided by O*NET.

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Full Time FacultyE-mail
Darren Stocker, Program Coordinator
John Szucs
Adjunct FacultyE-mail
Nancy Dempsey
Michael Donovan
Zara Killmurray
Deborah Lochiatto
Michael Miller
Jeffrey Perry