Criminal Justice Program
Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Forensic and Criminology, Law Politics and Society 

The Criminal Justice Program focuses on the study of law enforcement, public safety, forensic criminology, and law and society.  The program is designed to prepare students for a variety of careers in or related to the justice system. Students who choose one of these degree paths will find that there are a variety of career choices. The program curriculum reflects the ever-changing and evolving criminal justice landscape. Courses develop a sense of global awareness and a commitment to social justice and responsibility while promoting respect for the dignity of all persons involved in the criminal justice system. Small classes promote the interchange of ideas between students and faculty members all of whom bring relevant and practical experience to the learning environment.  Students learn the foundational knowledge in the areas of organization and structure of the American justice system, adult and juvenile justice process, theories of criminology, legal studies, public policy, political science, law enforcement and policing, criminal law and judicial procedure, constitutional law and corrections. In collaboration with the Massachusetts State Dispatch 911 training program, the college is one of the very first to offer Dispatch 911 training and certification on campus.  Our students have the opportunity to explore many fields through internships to prepare them for the criminal justice professions and provide a solid foundation for graduate or professional studies. Recent placements include local, federal, state, law enforcement agencies, court house, attend community policing academy and community policing ride-along experiences.  Law Enforcement and Public Safety 

Course of study in this major include, Criminal Law, Criminology, Policing in America, Corrections, Drugs and Society, Criminalistics, Cybercrime, Criminal Evidence, Victimology, White Color Crime, School and Workplace Safety, Child and Elder Abuse, Probation and Parole, Mental Health and Justice, as well participate in a Law Enforcement Community Police Academy. Field experiences and internships are integral in all areas of this program, and each student’s placement in the community is chosen to reflect his or her interest. Careers in law enforcement and public safety include front-line positions such as state and local law enforcement officers, parole and probation officers, border guards and corrections officers. Additionally, students can pursue careers in federal law enforcement including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshalls Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, (ATF), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE) and we can provide them access to learn more about these professions from the professionals. In collaboration with the Massachusetts State Dispatch 911 training program, the college is one of the very first to offer Dispatch 911 training and certification on campus.  Criminal Justice Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program should:

  • Comprehend and analyze a broad range of criminal justice concepts including the structure and operation of the criminal justice system, theoretical explanations of crime and criminality, consequences and responses to crime, the organization and sociology of law enforcement, principles and sources of law, and the philosophy and practice of sanctions
  • Demonstrate oral, written and technological communication skills consistent with standards in the field
  • Identify and critically evaluate criminal justice literature and databases
  • Practice and evaluate social science research
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems and situations and assess their ethical and moral implications
  • Demonstrate leadership skills that embody a commitment to diversity, social justice and civic responsibility.
  • Analyze the larger context in which the criminal justice system exists and the implications of its being so closely tied to social, practical, global and economic forces