Apr 14, 2024  
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024 
Middlesex Community College Academic Catalog and Student Handbook 2023-2024

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Criminal and Social Justice

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Associate in Science

Bedford Campus and Lowell Campus - Day and Online

Program Description:

The curriculum emphasizes both an academic and practical approach to the three major areas of criminal justice - law enforcement, 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. This major offers students the opportunity to investigate the various social, political, legal, and ethical concerns embedded in criminal justice issues.  This program qualifies for MassTransfer, which guarantees credit transfer to Massachusetts state universities and the University of Massachusetts.

Police Academy Credit for Prior Learning:

The Department of Criminal and Social Justice will award 9 college course credits towards the degree to those students who have successfully completed Local Police Academy recognized by the Municipal Police Training Committee or State Police Academy in Massachusetts.

The credits that will be awarded are as follow:

  • Criminal Law - CRJ112 - 3 credits
  • Contemporary Policing - CRJ121 - 3 credits
  • Free elective to be designated as a Government course GOV000 - 3 credits

This applies to students admitted for the Fall 2022 semester and students currently enrolled in the program. Students who meet the criteria and wish to receive the credits towards their degree must submit proof of completion from the Local or State Police Academy. 

Certificate of completion from the academy must be certified and submitted directly from MPTC or State Police Academy Training Committee to the Criminal and Social Justice Department Chair - Heloisa DaCunha at dacunhah@middlesex.mass.edu


Contact the Department Chair for additional information.

Career and Transfer Outlook:

Students are prepared for transfer to bachelor’s degree programs, and career employment. Graduates have secured employment within all areas of the criminal justice field.

Helpful Hints:

No academic credit is awarded for life experience, or for military, police academy or other training.

Service-Learning: Students are encouraged to participate in Service Learning opportunities offered by the college.

Program Outcomes:

Graduates of the Criminal Justice Program are prepared to:

  1. Describe the functions and interrelationships of the major components of the criminal   justice system and apply this knowledge to problem solving contemporary challenges in the field.
  2. Identify and use valid research sources and technology to gather, interpret, and analyze data and present conclusions in both written and oral presentation formats.
  3. Articulate the role of due process, diversity, and equity in a social and ethical context and apply these values to the analysis of current issues in criminal and social justice. 
  4. Exhibit knowledge of career options in criminal justice and demonstrate interpersonal skills facilitate professional development and lifelong learning.
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the social, political, economic, and cultural factors that influence the development of criminological theory and its application to criminal behaviors.

Required Courses:

Total Credits: 61-62

**If math, must be MAT 120 or higher

♦ Fulfills the Core Curriculum


In order for a student to be eligible to participate in an academic, community or clinical program that involves potential unsupervised contact with children, the disabled, the elderly, or other vulnerable populations, the student may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check and/or a Sex Offender Registry Information (SORI) check .

Note: Additional coursework may be required based on college placement testing. Students are urged to meet with their academic advisor for proper course sequencing.

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