Jan 16, 2019  
College Catalog 2018-2019 
College Catalog 2018-2019

Criminal Justice, A.S.

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Alex Sanchez Jr., 413.552.2841, asanchez@hcc.edu


Program Goals: This program provides students with a broad academic background in criminal justice and the opportunity to develop the skills needed for pursuing a career in public service, the private sector, or transfer to a four year institution, in a learning environment which embraces academic excellence, diversity and professionalism.

Student Learning Outcomes: Upon graduating from this program, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the American criminal justice system and the legal, theoretical, and public policy issues that are relevant to it.
  2. Develop effective and professional communication skills, both orally and in writing.
  3. Articulate an awareness of issues of diversity, including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and religious belief.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the primary data sources and methods used to measure practices in the criminal justice field and criminal behavior in society.
  5. Identify, locate, evaluate, and responsibly use appropriate legal, sociological, and other sources in papers and assignments.
  6. Recognize the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in the achievement of justice.



Department of Higher Education guidelines authorized by Section 18L of Chapter 41 in the Massachusetts General Laws DO NOT allow academic credit to be granted for:

  • Life experience or military, police or other training; or
  • Academic credit for knowledge-based testing (CLEP, DANTES, etc) to exceed 6 credits; or
  • Perkins Articulation

Students being re-admitted into the CRJ Program will enroll in the current program of study.

Students selecting this major are advised that employers in Criminal Justice and related fields conduct CORI and SORI checks pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 6, Sections 172-178 and regulations promulgated to such statues.

If student takes 9 credits in the Humanities as Program Electives, this program qualifies for MassTransfer which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges universities. MassTransfer also will grant students automatic acceptance to certain state colleges and universities by achieving the minimum grade point average and the HCC degree.

Depending on course selection 100% of this program can be completed online.


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