Criminal Justice (A.S.)

The Criminal Justice Associates Degree focuses on issues relevant to those interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement, the justice systems, corrections, and/or social services.

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Criminal Justice is a multi-disciplinary academic program that educates students to be critical thinkers while imparting a comprehensive understanding of the operation and impact of the criminal justice field. The Criminal Justice degree embraces the broad scope of the criminal justice discipline. 

Want to help make the world a safer place?

Earn your Associate Degree in Criminal Justice

The program follows the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences’ Standards for Criminal Justice Education and meets the standards of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.

Program of Study

CJ 100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 cr.

CJ 151 Criminal Law 3 cr.

CJ 205 American Court System 3 cr.

CJ 210 Police Process 3 cr.

CJ 215 Corrections 3 cr.

CJ 230 Technical Applications in Criminal Justice 3 cr.

ENG 111 Critical Reading and Writing I 3 cr.

ENG 112 Critical Reading and Writing II 3 cr.

Criminal Justice Electives 6 cr.

Aesthetic Awareness and Creative Expression Course 3 cr.

Values and Ethical Reasoning Course 3 cr.

Global Issues Course 3 cr.

Individual and Society Course 3 cr.

Literary Perspectives Course 3 cr.

Quantitative Reasoning Course 3 cr.

Science and Technology Course 3 cr.

World Cultures Course 3 cr.

Open Electives 12 cr.


Total degree requirements 66 cr.


Admission Requirements

  • Completed application along with a non-refundable fee of $25.00
  • A 250 - 500 word essay explaining your professional goals
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Official high school transcript or GED score report
  • Official college or military transcript (if applicable)
  • All students for whom English is not a first language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Minimum age of 24 years
  • Minimum two years of significant, full-time work experience. 


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program students will:


• Demonstrate the ability to think critically about crime and criminal justice

• Describe knowledge and skills that are necessary for careers in criminal justice

• Communicate the importance of ethics in criminal justice.


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