Associate in Science
Bedford Campus and Lowell Campus - Day and Evening
The Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Option Associate in Science degree program is designed for students interested in working as police officers and in other law-enforcement careers. This option provides students with a strong foundation in criminal justice and the opportunity to focus their studies in the area of law enforcement and policing.
The curriculum emphasizes both an academic and practical approach to the three major areas of criminal justice - the police, courts and corrections - providing students with basic knowledge of legal issues facing practitioners in these fields. Emphasis is placed on oral and written communications, as well as interpersonal skill-building and understanding of the multicultural issues necessary for working with diverse populations.
Career and Transfer Outlook:
Students are prepared for career employment and for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs. Graduates have secured employment with local, federal and international law-enforcement agencies, as well as other criminal-justice professions.
No academic credit is awarded for life experience, or for military, police academy or other training.
Service-Learning: Students are encouraged to gain experience in community organizations by participating in Service-Learning opportunities offered in courses throughout the degree program
Graduates of the Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement Option program are prepared to:
- Describe the functions and interrelationships of the major components of the criminal justice system;
- Evaluate and utilize effective verbal, nonverbal and written communication;
- Identify valid research sources and use technology as a research tool;
- Demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards in the criminal-justice system and apply these standards to practical situations;
- Describe the diversity of experiences and viewpoints within society and analyze how perceptions are affected by culture;
- Recognize a social problem, develop a problem-solving approach, formulate and evaluate effective responses;
- Apply the law to a set of facts and describe possible outcomes;
- Demonstrate knowledge of career options in criminal justice and an understanding of qualifications and professional expectations.