Oct 05, 2022  
College Catalog 2022-2023 
College Catalog 2022-2023

Criminal Justice, A.S.

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Nicole Hendricks, 413.552.2175, nhendricks@hcc.edu


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 or the private sector, or transfer to a four-year institution, in a learning environment which embraces academic excellence, diversity, and professionalism.


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the American criminal justice system and the legal, theoretical, and public policy issues that are relevant to it
  • develop effective and professional communication skills, both orally and in writing
  • articulate an awareness of issues of diversity including, but not limited to, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and religious belief
  • demonstrate an understanding of the primary data sources and methods used to measure practices in the criminal justice field and criminal behavior in society
  • identify, locate, evaluate, and responsibly use appropriate legal, sociological, and other sources in papers and assignments
  • recognize the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in the achievement of justice



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.

This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state colleges and universities. MassTransfer will also 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.  Go to Online Learning  for more information.


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