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Bachelor of Science in Forensic CriminologyForensicCriminology
Join the Forensic Team at AMC!
New Fall 2014
The major in Forensic Criminology will provide students with a specialized examination of the criminal justice system from both sociological and scientific perspectives. While Criminal Justice aims to study the breadth of criminal activities and its control through policing and corrections, Forensic Criminology explores the depth of crime, its causes and criminal motivation to address legal and investigative questions. Forensic means the application of science to the law. Through a focus on evidence and process, students are challenged to assess systemic and societal responses to various criminal populations and case studies.
Courses, labs and field experience combine to ready students for careers in criminal justice and forensic investigations or to pursue further graduate studies. Consistent with the mission of Anna Maria College, this major will prepare students with a liberal education for professional service in society and the administration of justice.
The Learning Goals of the program are:
• To develop a critical understanding of the field of criminal justice and forensics through a balance of theory and practical application.
• To develop an interdisciplinary perspective on the issues which face criminal justice professionals.
• To develop leadership and decision making skills.
• To develop knowledge and foster an appreciation for research methodology and its ability to inform both policy and practice.
• To develop a critical understanding of the ethical dimensions of the field.
• To develop a commitment to social justice, civic responsibility and feel the importance of respecting the dignity of all persons.
Major Requirements (12 courses):
CRJ* 101 Foundations in Criminal Justice
FSC 205 Crime Scene Forensics
CRJ 210 Constitutional Law
CRJ 212 Criminal Law
CRJ 220 Criminology
CRJ 311 Criminalistics
FSC 340 Cybercrime
FSC 407 Forensic Psychology
FSC 480 Forensic Anthropology
FSC 490 Senior Seminar
JSS 210 Researching the Social World
JSS 250 Statistics
Major Electives (4 courses)
Elective courses as approved, including but not limited to:
CRJ 102 Responses to Terrorism
CRJ 207 Forensic Photography
CIS 302 Public Safety Applications of GIS
CRJ 304 Drugs and Society
CRJ 310 Criminal Evidence
CRJ 312 Criminalistics II
CRJ 341 Cybercrime II: Internet Vulnerabilities and Criminal Investigation
CRJ 342 Computer Forensics I: Data Storage and Recovery
CRJ 343 Computer Forensics II: Linux/Macintosh and lab-based Acquisitions
CRJ 362 Victimology
CRJ 382 Sexual Assault
CRJ 383 Child Abuse
CRJ 384 Elder Abuse
CRJ 385 Mental Health and Criminal Justice
CRJ 440 Criminal Profiling 1
CRJ 441 Criminal Profiling II
CRJ 481 Forensic Archaeology
CRJ 482 Advanced Bioarcheology and Forensic Recovery
CRJ 499 Internship
FRS 304 Fire Investigation
FRS 404 Fire Investigation and Analysis
For more information contact:
Patricia W. Gavin
Associate Professor
Director, Criminal Justice Programs
(508) 849-3377
Social Work Degree Completion Program
The new Social Work Degree Completion Program at Anna Maria College was developed to provide an opportunity for community colleges graduates and individuals who currently work in the field of humans services to complete their degree in social work through a weeknight and weekend delivery model. Understanding the time constraints non-traditional students face with work, family and school, the new program has been designed with flexibility, accessibility and affordability in mind.

Classes will be held on every other Saturdays except for winter break sessions which will offer classes on weeknights and one Saturday. All Saturday classes will run from 9 4:30 p.m. under the accelerated schedule. Saturday classes may end at 4 p.m. if the instructor opts for a half-hour lunch. Classes will be held at Anna Maria College in Paxton, MA.

Admission to the Bachelor of Social Work degree completion program requires

~  Completion of an associate degree in human services and preferably a completion of two (2) years of full-time work experience or current employment at a social welfare agency in the capacity of a direct care/counselor.


~  Completion of 56-plus traditional semester hours from college-level courses taken at an accredited institution of higher learning and completion of two (2) years of full-time work experience or current employment at a social welfare agency in the capacity of a direct care/counselor.

~  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale in all previous college course work (applicants with an overall GPA of 2.0 – 2.49 may be conditionally accepted)

~  Two recommendations: one from the director of the associate degree human services program or relevant program representative and another from an immediate supervisor (internship or agency that the applicant is employed). See Recommendation Form

~  A 2-3 page application letter, written by the applicant, indicating interest in pursuing a career in social work. Include personal qualities, special skills, experiences, or qualifications you bring to the profession.

~  Signed Statement Understanding that you will be subject to a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check as part of your field placement (form is attached).


For additional information about the Social Work Completion Program please contact:


Dr. Jude Gonsalvez, Director of Social Work Programs at 
Janet Gemborys, Administrative Coordinator at 


Class Schedule


Course titles



Winter session 2015

1/2/2015 – 1/14/2015

SWK 307 Issues of Diversity and Oppression

Online (Meets Global Dynamics requirement)



Spring I 2015

1/17/15, 1/31, 2/14 & 2/28/15

SWK 242 Introduction to Social Welfare as a Social Institution

Every other Saturdays only 9:00 am to 4:30 pm (Meets US in the World requirement)



Spring II 2015

3/14/15, 3/28, 4/11 & 4/25/15.

SWK 348 Growth and Behavior in the Social Environment- I

Every other Saturdays only 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.



Summer I 2015

5/9/15, 5/23, 6/6 & 6/20/15

SWK 342 Social Welfare Policy


Every other Saturdays only 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.



Summer II 2015

7/11/15, 7/25, 8/1, 8/15/2015

SWK 349 Growth and Behavior in the Social Environment-II

Every other Saturdays only  9:00 am to 4:30  pm



Fall I 2015

8/29/15, 9/12, 9/26 & 10/10/2015

SWK 344 Introduction to Generalist Practice

Every other Saturdays only 9:00 to 4:30 pm.  



Fall II 2015

10/24/15, 11/7, 11/21 & 12/5/15.

SWK 401 Social Work Research Methods

Every other Saturdays only 9:00 pm to 4:30 pm.(Meets Writing for Career and Creativity requirement)



Winter session 2016

1/4/16 – 1/9/16

SWK 454 Senior Seminar

Weeknights 4:00 pm to 9:15 and

Saturday 1/10 from 9:00 to 4:30 pm.




Spring I 2016

1/16/2016, 1/30, 2/13 & 2/27/16.

SWK 443 Practice with Individuals  

Every other 6aturday classes only - 9:00 to 4:30 pm.



Spring II 2016

3/12/2016, 3/26, 4/9 & 4/23/2016

SWK 448 Practice with Families and Groups   

Every other Saturday classes -9:00 to 4:30 pm.



Summer I 2016

5/7/16, 5/21, 6/4 & 6/18/2016.

SWK 449 Practice with Communities and Organizations  

Every other Saturday classes only 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.



Summer II 2016

7/2/2016, 7/16, 7/30 & 8/13/2016.

SWK 345 Social Work Practice and Ethics

Every other Saturday classes only 9:00 am to 4:30 pm



Fall I 2016

8/27/2016, 9/10, 9/24 & 10/8/2016.

SWK 408 Marriage and Family

Every other Saturday classes only 9:00 am to 4:30 pm



Fall I 2016

Evening classes

Any Explorations of catholic world views



Fall II 2016

Evening classes

Any Quantitative Reasoning course



Spring I and II 2017

SWK 445 Internship I

16 hours/week through Spring (210 hours)- with twice a week field seminar contact on campus Wednesday 4:00 to 5:00 pm.



Summer I and II 2017

SWK 446 Internship-II

16 hours per week through summer I and II  2016 (210 hours) with twice a week field seminar contact on campus on Wednesdays 4:00 to 5:00 pm.



Any semester

Open electives if short of 60 credits



Additional information:

Tuition: $1,185 per course plus other fees applicable under continuing education program subject to change per policy change of the college during the completion of the program.

Click HERE for our Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Program

Social Work Major

Bachelor of Arts in Social Work

Fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, Anna Maria College's Bachelor of Arts in Social Work Program prepares students for a variety of careers in public and private social work settings, for social work licensure, and for further study, often in a Master’s of Social Work Program.  The Program assists students as they prepare for professional practice by expanding their social work knowledge base, by teaching changing technologies, and by addressing increasingly complex human and social concerns.

Following professional tradition, the Program prepares baccalaureate-level students for generalist practice by utilizing program activities, course work, and field experiences that use a strength-based, person-in-environment frame of reference.  These learning opportunities focus on the promotion of human well-being by strengthening the opportunities, resources, and capacities people have and by creating policies and services to correct conditions that limit human quality of life. Emphasis is placed upon values derived from the Catholic tradition, including the value of the human person, the common good of humanity, moral and ethical growth, and responsible action in unjust situations, as well as effective work in family and community systems.  Additionally, the program addresses specific overarching issues, such as spirituality, economic and social justice, ethics and discrimination.

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In addition to general requirements, students take the following specific courses:

Introduction to Sociology
Principles of Economics
Social Welfare as a Social Institution
Racial and Cultural Minorities
Social Welfare Policies
Interventive Methods I
Growth and Behavior and Social Environment I
Growth and Behavior and Social Environment II
Marriage and the Family
Research Methods in Social Work
Interventive Methods II
Field Work and Seminar (two semesters)
Interventive Methods III
Interventive Methods IV
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Just In:

Anna Maria College announces that its social work program recently completed its re-affirmation process through the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) and has once again been fully accredited until February 2019.  AMC has been a CSWE fully accredited program since 1974 and the only Bachelor of Social Work program in the Central Massachusetts region.  AMC students in the social work program conduct many of their practicums and internship programs at area non-profit and social service agencies.

 The social work program is directed by Jude Gonsalvez, Ph.D.   Dr. Gonsalvez is a graduate of The American College and the Madurai Law College, both of which are located in Madurai, India.  He received his master’s degree from Loyola College in Chennrai and his Ph.D. from Madras Christian College through the University of Madras, Chennai, India. 

NEW Social Welfare Minor
A minor in social welfare will provide students with the knowledge and values of social justice and practice that will equip them to function well in their chosen profession. The courses offered in the minor will acquaint students in other majors and pre-professional programs that interface with social work (e.g., sociology, psychology, anthropology, health science, education, criminal justice, counseling, business, pre-law, sports, recreation) with the evolution of the social welfare structure in the United States (SWK 242), the policies that result in social welfare programs (SWK 342) and populations at particular risk (SWK 307 and SWK 348/349).

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Required Courses Credits (18 Total)
SWK 242  Introduction to Social Welfare as a Social Institution 
SWK 307   Racial and Cultural Minorities                                            
SWK 348 or 349 Human Behavior and Social Environment I or II         
SWK 348 or 349 Human Behavior and Social Environment I or II        
Six additional credits (300-400 level) in social work elective courses       
Excluded are those courses which are restricted to social work majors, and include:   SWK 401 Research Methods; SWK Methods and Field Internships sequence SWK 334, 443, 448, 449, 445 and 446; and SWK 454 Senior Seminar.

> Download the "Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes" for the Baccalaureate Social Work Program.
Click HERE for our Social Work Completion Program

For more information, please contact:

Jude Gonsalvez
Program Director
(508) 849-3335

Sociology Major

Sociology is often defined as the scientific study of human social life. In its consistent inquiry, the study of sociology considers cultural, social, political, economic and environmental forces as they continually influence our world and individuals within it. Areas of study within this versatile science are vast. They include an array of intriguing topics such as culture, sexuality, crime and deviance, the media, mass communications, inequality, gender, poverty, schooling, race and ethnicity, power, aging, social change, health care, technology, religion, and socialization. This brief list only cracks the surface of the many more areas of human social life that students are capable of exploring, describing, and analyzing while we, as a dynamic society, continue to race through the 21st century.  The Sociology major will be an enriching complement to the existing programs in Criminal Justice, Human Development and Human Services, Social Work and Psychology.

In addition to general requirements, students take the following specific courses:

Introduction to Sociology
Sociology Theory
Social Problems in American Society
Senior Seminar
Senior Research Project
Researching the Social World
Applied Statistics and Quantitative Analysis (counts as QR course)

Six Electives (two from each category – three of which must be 300 or 400 level courses):
Social Inequality
The Family and the Individual
Culture and Institutions

Social Inequality
Diversity in the Workforce
Gender, Crime and Justice
Race and Crime
American Literature

Politics of Poverty
Social Movements
Gender, Sexuality, and Society
Environmental Equity
Racial and Cultural Minorities

The Family and the Individual
Domestic Violence
Education, Culture and Society
The Human Condition in the Era of Biotechnology
Family and Community Relationships
Child Development
Human Life span Development
Psychology of Personality
Social Psychology
Conformity, Deviance & Social Control
Growth and Behavior and the Social Environment I
Growth and Behavior and the Social Environment II
Child Abuse, Family Preservation, and Permanency Planning
Marriage and the Family

Culture and Institutions
Policing in America
Drugs and Society
Organized Crime
Juvenile Justice
Social Issues in Criminal Justice
Law and Society
Impact of Music on Society
Influence of the Internet on Society
Mass Communications
Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Sport

For more information please contact:

Christine Holmes
Chair, Division of Human Development & Human Services
(508) 849-3418

Elzbieta Manos
Chair, Division of Business, Law & Public Policy
(508) 849-3437

Psychology Major

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
The Psychology program prepares students for graduate programs and work in the human services field. The curriculum includes introductions to the basic concepts utilized in psychology, the evolution of the field, theories of normal and abnormal psychological development, experimental psychology, and an internship in a community setting. At the beginning of the senior year, students who have maintained a 3.0 GPA may apply for the fifth year program in psychology. This option allows the student to complete the master of arts degree in counseling psychology within one year of the completion of the baccalaureate degree.

In addition to general College requirements, Psychology majors must complete:

Introduction to Psychology
Advanced General Psychology
Child Development
Adolescent Psychology
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality
Experimental Psychology I: Learning and Cognition
Experimental Psychology II: Methodologies and Analysis
Three Electives, of which at least two are upper-level human services courses

Minor in Psychology
Students may graduate with a minor in psychology by taking the following four courses plus two upper-level electives from the psychology offerings:

Introduction to Psychology
Child Development
Abnormal Psychology
Psychology of Personality

For more information, please contact:

Richard Connors, M.A., C.A.G.S.
Associate Professor of Psychology
(508) 849-3413