Criminal Justice Career

Program Goals Statement

This program provides students with a strong foundation in the operation of our Criminal Justice System.  Students earning this degree will immediately be ready for a variety of careers within our system of justice as law enforcement officers, court officers, court advocates, or child protective investigators.  Students will receive a diverse interdisciplinary education that will allow them to pursue a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice.  Articulation agreements ensure transfer to many four-year private colleges and universities.

Program Information

• All courses in the Criminal Justice Program may be completed at the Fall River, New Bedford, or Attleboro campuses, and many are also offered at the Taunton Center.

• Faculty members represent all the major fields in the Criminal Justice System and students benefit from their years of formal study and professional experience.

• Academic and transfer advisors assist students in selecting courses to fulfill both program and general education requirements to ensure a smooth transfer to four-year colleges and universities if a baccalaureate degree is pursued.

After Bristol

• Graduates are qualified to seek immediate employment as state and local police officers, corrections officers, private security agents, court advocates, and juvenile residence counselors.

• Students are also prepared to continue their education and complete a baccalaureate program in Criminal Justice.  

• Graduates have successfully transferred to Bridgewater State University, the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, University of Massachusetts at Lowell, Northeastern University, Johnson and Wales University, Roger Williams University, and Salve Regina University. 

Infused General Education Competencies

Technical Literacy

Degree Requirements

General Courses

Course #
Title
Credits
Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective  +
3 - 4
Sub-Total Credits
30-32

Program Electives

Course #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
9
Total credits:
60-62

Course Sequencing

Item #
Title
Credits
Sub-Total Credits
15-16
Item #
Title
Credits
Program Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15
Item #
Title
Credits
Scientific Reasoning and Discovery Elective  +
3 - 4
Sub-Total Credits
15-16
Item #
Title
Credits
Program Elective  +
3
Program Elective  +
3
Sub-Total Credits
15

Overview

Program

Program Code

CJ

CIP Code

43.0104

Academic Area

Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Degree

Associate in Science

Campus

Degree Offered

Associate in Science in Criminal Justice (Career)

Program Contact

Nancy Santopadre
Program Coordinator
Nancy.Santopadre@BristolCC.edu

Patricia Sherblom
Associate Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education
Patricia.Sherblom@BristolCC.edu

Sarmad Saman
Interim Dean of Behavioral & Social Sciences and Education
Sarmad.Saman@BristolCC.edu