Criminal Justice Career Program*

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Criminal Justice

Credits required 61/63

Dean

Calvin McFadden

Program contact

Dana Mayhew, Coordinator and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, ext. 3127

Program Goals Statement

  • The Criminal Justice Career Program prepares students for careers in policing, corrections, sheriff’s departments, court systems, and federal law enforcement. It prepares current criminal justice practitioners for career advancement.
  • All students receive the necessary academic foundation for transfer into an institution that grants a baccalaureate degree in criminal justice.

Student Learning Outcomes

See Learning Outcomes

Program Information

  • The faculty represent all of the major fields of the criminal justice system, and students benefit from their years of formal study and professional experience.
  • Our graduates are actively recruited by criminal justice and private security agencies as well as by four-year institutions.
  • The Criminal Justice program is accredited by the State and Board of Higher Education for the PCIPP (Police Career Incentive Pay Program). (Quinn Bill approved.)

Recommendations

Students are encouraged to join the Criminal Justice Society, a student-run social and service organization, and to get involved with the community and actively participate in community service projects to better understand and appreciate the world they have chosen to serve.

After BCC

  • Graduates work as state and local police officers and detectives, correctional officers, special agents with the United States Customs Service and Federal Marshal Service, college instructors, grant coordinators for the National Institute of Justice, lawyers, probation officers, and officers and managers in private security agencies. Others are social workers and drug rehabilitation counselors. Several local chiefs are BCC grads.
  • BCC participates in the statewide MassTransfer program and has developed many program-to-program transfer articulation agreements which guarantee admission and credit transfer. For a complete listing of eligible MassTransfer programs and current BCC articulation agreements, visit the Transfer Affairs website at BristolCC.edu/transfer

Infused General Education Competencies

Technical Literacy

Degree Requirements

General Courses

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

GVT 251Urban Government and Politics

3 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:19

Choose one two-course History sequence

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

And

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Or

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

And

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:6

Choose one of the following

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Elective Courses

ELECTIVE Free

3-4 credits

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:6-8

See General Education Competency Courses for Scientific Reasoning and Discovery course listings

Program Courses

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

CRJ 115Report Writing and Information Systems

3 credits

CRJ 219Police and Community Relations

3 credits

CRJ 251Criminology

3 credits

CRJ 256Criminal Investigation

3 credits

CRJ 258Criminal Procedure

3 credits

CRJ 259Introduction to Criminalistics

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:24

Choose one of the following

CRJ 221Juvenile Offenders

3 credits

CRJ 218Law Enforcement Management and Planning

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CRJ 101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3 credits

CRJ 113Criminal Law

3 credits

CSS 101College Success Seminar

1 credit

ENG 101Composition I: College Writing

3 credits

SOC 101Principles of Sociology

3 credits

HST 111The West and the World I

3 credits

Or

HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

CRJ 115Report Writing and Information Systems

3 credits

ENG 102Composition II: Writing about Literature

3 credits

CRJ 218Law Enforcement Management and Planning

3 credits

Or

CRJ 221Juvenile Offenders

3 credits

HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits

Or

HST 114United States History from 1877

3 credits

MTH 119Fundamental Statistics

3 credits

Or

MTH 125Modern College Mathematics

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

CRJ 219Police and Community Relations

3 credits

CRJ 251Criminology

3 credits

CRJ 258Criminal Procedure

3 credits

Science Elective

3-4 credits

PSY 101General Psychology

3 credits

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

COM 101Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3 credits

CRJ 256Criminal Investigation

3 credits

CRJ 259Introduction to Criminalistics

3 credits

CRJ 258Criminal Procedure

3 credits

Free Elective

3 credits

GVT 251Urban Government and Politics

3 credits

Program Requirement

 

Students earning a final course grade of D+ or lower in any Criminal Justice course will be withdrawn from the Criminal Justice Program.  Any student withdrawn from a Criminal Justice course by an instructor for any reason, and has a grade of D+ or lower at the time of the withdrawal will be removed from the Criminal Justice Program.  Any student withdrawn from the Criminal Justice Program may apply for readmission to the Program through enrollment services after retaking and earning a grade of C- or better in the course(s) which the unsatisfactory grade was earned.

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