Criminal Justice Transfer

Degree offered

Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Transfer

Credits required 62/63

Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences 

Program contact

Alan Rolfe, Coordinator and Professor of Criminal Justice, ext. 3081

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students with a strong foundation in the operation of our Criminal Justice System. Students will receive a diverse interdisciplinary education that will allow them to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice. Articulation agreements ensure transfer to many four-year colleges and universities. Graduates may also qualify for tuition assistance at Massachusetts public colleges and universities under the MassTransfer program.

Student Learning Outcomes

Program Information

  • All courses in the Criminal Justice program may be completed at the Fall River, New Bedford, or Attleboro campuses.
  • Academic and transfer advisors assist students in selecting courses to fulfill both program and general education requirements to ensure a smooth transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
  • 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.)


  • 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

  • Students often continue their education and complete a baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice.
  • Graduates have successfully transferred to Bridgewater State College, the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Northeastern University, Johnson and Wales University, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University.
  • Alumni are employed as state and local police officers, corrections officers, attorneys, probation officers, college instructors, managers in private security agencies, social workers, and drug rehabilitation counselors.
  • 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

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


HST 112The West and the World II

3 credits


HST 113United States History to 1877

3 credits


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

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective - Lab

4 credits

Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective

3-4 credits

Total Credit Hours:0-8

See General Education Competency Courses - Scientific Reasoning and Discovery for 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 218Law Enforcement Management and Planning

3 credits

CRJ 221Juvenile Offenders

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:3

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 1

CRJ 101, CRJ 113, CSS 101, ENG 101, SOC 101, HST 111 or HST 113

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 2

CRJ 115, ENG 102, CRJ 218 or CRJ 221, HST 112 or HST 114, MTH 119 or MTH 125

Recommended Course Sequence - Fall Semester 3

CRJ 219, CRJ 251, CRJ 258, Lab Science Elective, PSY 101

Recommended Course Sequence - Spring Semester 4

COM 101, CRJ 256, CRJ 259, Science Elective, GVT 251


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.

Link to the main site.