Criminal Justice (MassTransfer)

  • Overview

Provides a broad education in the administration, operations and objectives of the criminal justice system and its component parts: police, courts, and corrections. The CJC major is designed for students who wish to transfer to a Baccalaureate program within the Massachusetts public education system.

  • Curriculum documents

    To plan degree completion, see the course descriptions in the academic catalog which specify the planned semester(s) in which required classes are to be scheduled.

  • This is just one way you might complete the Criminal Justice (MassTransfer) program in 4 semesters over 2 years of full-time study, or 8 semesters over 4 years of part-time study. (Sample course sequences assume that all pre-requisites have been satisfied and the student is prepared for college-level work.) For a detailed list of required courses, optional electives and program information, download the Criminal Justice (MassTransfer) program description from our official academic catalog.

    Course descriptions are also available in the catalog. Find courses

    Sample 2 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    CRJ 101
    CRJ 103
    ENG Comp. I
    PSY 101
    Humanities elective

    CRJ 105
    CRJ 121
    ENG Comp. II
    SOC 101
    Humanities elective
    MAT 117 or 107

    CRJ 109
    POL 101
    Science elective
    PCS 101, 131, or 141
    CRJ elective

    CRJ 107
    CRJ elective
    Humanities elective
    Science elective
    SOC 201

    Sample 4 Year Sequence of Courses
    Fall 1Spring 1Fall 2Spring 2

    CRJ 101
    CRJ 103
    ENG Comp. I

    PSY 101
    ENG Comp. II
    MAT 117

    CRJ 105
    CRJ 121
    Humanities elective

    CRJ 109
    SOC 101
    Humanities elective

    Fall 3Spring 3Fall 4Spring 4

    POL 101
    SOC 201
    Humanities elective

    CRJ 107
    PCS 101 or 141

    CRJ elective
    Science elective

    CRJ elective
    Science elective

Student learning outcomes

Students completing a course of study in this program will be able to:
  • Appreciate diverse cultural and individual perspectives
    • Define prejudice, discrimination, and stereotyping and discuss the impact of these concepts on the criminal justice system.
    • Professionally apply legal concepts in an empathetic and respectful manner to a free thinking and diverse society.
  • Solve problems collaboratively
    • Partner with other agencies, groups and individuals to address mutual community issues and problems.
    • Recognize the necessity to provide efficient and effective criminal justice services consistent with the needs of the community being served.
  • Reason and act ethically
    • Describe the relationship between discretion, ethics  and credibility.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards in the criminal justice system and apply these standards to practical situations.
  • Demonstrate civic knowledge and engagement
    • Use criminal justice concepts, within acceptable discretionary boundaries, to address community needs while respecting and safeguarding due process rights afforded by the Constitution.
  • Communicate in various modes and media
    • Effectively elicit and analyze factual information from victims, witnesses, and suspects and then appropriately convey this knowledge to other criminal justice professionals both in verbal and written form.
  • Use quantitative concepts and processes
    • Access and gather raw criminal justice statistical information.
    • Assess and proactively respond to the data.
  • Locate, evaluate, and use various sources of information
    • Recognize, retrieve, and prioritize factual information or other evidence that may have significance in the criminal justice process.
  • Explore the natural and physical world
    • Demonstrate an understanding of how the laws of physics and the natural sciences apply to the fact finding processes of the criminal justice system.
  • Think creatively and critically
    • Extrapolate ideas and concepts to construct an acceptable narrative of events and present data and ideas in a logical order.
  • Apply, integrate, and synthesize learning
    • Integrate and synthesize academic knowledge, experience and cultural resources.
May 1, 2014

What’s next

Transfer into a Baccalaureate program or enter into any of several careers within the criminal justice system, including police work, correctional work, the law, or social work.