Criminal Justice Career Option

Associate in Science -  Criminal Justice and Public Safety Department

The information below applies to students entering the program in fall 2017. For the most accurate program requirements for your catalog year, please log in to BHCC Self Service to review your specific program requirements. Any questions? Stop by or contact the LifeMap Commons on the Charlestown Campus - E-Building, Room E-235; Phone 617-228-2230.
Course Title Course Number Semester Taken Credits Prerequisites
GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES
College Writing I ENG111 3 ENG 095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
College Writing II ENG112 3 ENG111
Individual and Society SOC101 satisfies Area 2 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
World View Area 3 satisfied by program
Quantitative Thought From Area 4 - see note* 3
Science & Technology From Area 5 4 ENG095, a grade of C or better in MAT093, RDG095 or placement
Humanities From Area 6 3 ENG095, MAT093
CONCENTRATION COURSES
Principles of Psychology PSY101 3 ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Criminology SOC207 3 PSY101 or SOC101
Introduction to Criminal Justice CRJ101 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Criminal Law CRJ103 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Introduction to Corrections CRJ107 3 ENG095 and ESL098 or RDG095 or placement
Criminal Procedure CRJ211 3 ENG 111, CRJ 101, CR 103 or Instructor permission
Policing CRJ220 3 ENG 111, CRJ 101, CR 103 or Instructor permission
Career Elective** 3
Career Elective** 3
Career Elective** 3
Career Elective** 3
Career Elective** 3
Open Elective 3
Career Elective CRJ275 3 All CRJ Core Courses or Instructor Permission
Total Credits 61-62
Last Modified Date: May 5, 2017

Note* Students are advised to take MAT 181 to satisfy Area 4.

Note** Students interested in pursuing the Law Enforcement track are advised to take CRJ202 and CRJ208 as Career Electives. Students interested in pursuing the Corrections track are advised to take CRJ102 and CRJ203 as Career Electives.

Program Overview

The mission of the Criminal Justice Program is to prepare students for employment in various criminal justice related areas and/or for pursuit of Baccalaureate Degrees in criminal justice or other related fields of study by educating them in the fundamental concepts, knowledge and practices of the field.

Career Outlook

Graduates that complete the Transfer Option can transfer to four-year colleges and universities to seek a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or a related field. Graduates who complete the Law Enforcement or Corrections Tracks  qualify for entry level positions in law enforcement, corrections or security at local, state, regional and federal agencies.

Upon Completion of this Concentration Graduates will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge, defend and critique the structure of the criminal justice system.
  2. Identify, demonstrate and evaluate knowledge of corrections, including its purpose and function.
  3. Explain the history and critique major theories of why crime is committed with a focus on criminal behavior.
  4. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of Courts including its purpose and function, be able to accurately discuss and relate criminal law and procedure and its constitutional basis.
  5. Identify and demonstrate knowledge of policing including its purpose and function, describe and assess the general responsibilities of the criminal justice professional including the professional’s responsibilities and governing ethics.
  6. Articulate and critique the role of data and research in the development of criminal justice and policy.