Criminal Justice Programs

Many students in this program exhibit an interest in such related fields as corrections, probation, parole, juvenile justice, and private security. Approximately 15% of our full-time day students are in-service police officers whose working shifts permit them the time to pursue their education on a full-time basis. Students devote approximately one-half of their time studying Liberal Arts courses such as Psychology, Sociology, and English. 

The other half of their program is more directly related to the field of Criminal Justice. They study career-oriented courses such as Criminal Investigation/Criminalistics and Police-Community Relations. Students may also take law courses such as Criminal Law and Evidence and Court Procedures. Interesting and valuable electives such as Negotiating, Domestic Violence and Introduction to Corrections are also available.

Please note that the articulation agreements with Bridgewater State College are currently under review; therefore please check with the Public Service and Social Science Division for the latest updates. Further, you may also review the MassTransfer Program if you are planning to transfer to a Massachusetts four-year college to see which colleges are in partnership with Massasoit Community College.


Criminal Justice - Career
PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Completing the Associate Degree, career students will have:

  • a practical working understanding of the Criminal Justice system and the major component segments; Law Enforcement, Courts and Corrections.
  • have acquired a solid foundation in Criminal Law and Constitutional Procedures, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology, preparing them for career opportunities in the Criminal Justice or Security fields.
  • an academic foundation if they later choose to advance to a Bachelor Degree program at most Massachusetts colleges.
  • the ability to communicate well in written English, speech and mathematics, necessary for their careers.
  • a practical education rounded with electives in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • Criminal Justice graduates will be prepared for careers in the field and as effective informed citizens.

Program Requirements

Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3Semester 4Additional Information
American Nat Gov or State and Local GovCorrectionsCriminal Justice ElectiveCriminal Justice ElectiveDownload Program Requirements
English CompositionCriminal Justice ElectiveCriminal ProceduresLiberal Arts ElectiveView Course Outcomes
Introduction to Criminal JusticeCriminal LawCriminologyPolice, Community, and Society Program Advisory Committee
Principles of SociologyEnglish Composition IIMath ElectiveScience Elective
Speech CommunicationGeneral PsychologyPsychology ElectiveSociology Elective

Criminal Justice - Transfer
PROGRAM OUTCOMES
Completing the Associate Degree, transfer students will have:

  • a practical working understanding of the Criminal Justice system and the major component segments; Law Enforcement, Courts and Corrections.
  • completed the necessary academic requirements to transfer directly to a Bachelor Degree program in Criminal Justice at all Massachusetts state schools and most private colleges.
  • acquired a solid foundation in Criminal Law and Constitutional Procedures, Psychology, Sociology and Criminology, preparing them for further academic study or career opportunities.
  • the ability to communicate well in written English, speech and mathematics.
  • an education rounded with electives in the sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • become prepared for future coursework, careers and as effective citizens.

Program Requirements

Semester 1Semester 2Semester 3Semester 4Additional Information
American Nat Gov or State and Local GovCorrectionsCriminal Justice ElectiveCriminal Justice CapstoneDownload Program Requirements
English Composition ICriminal LawCriminal ProceduresCriminal Justice ElectiveView Course Outcomes
Introduction to Criminal JusticeEnglish Composition IICriminologyHumanities ElectiveProgram Advisory Committee
Principles of SociologyGeneral PsychologyHumanities ElectivePolice, Community, and Society 
Speech CommunicationMath ElectiveLab Science ElectiveScience Elective
Social Science Elective