Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice

Berkshire Community College - Pittsfield, MA

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Program Advisor: Reena Bucknell, 413-236 4551. The Criminal Justice program offers career preparation for law enforcement at the local, state, or federal level; corrections; private security; and other criminal justice work. Courses also provide upgrading of skills for those currently in the field. A student planning on studies at the baccalaureate level should work closely with a Criminal Justice advisor to select courses that will be acceptable to the college and program to which the student plans to transfer. These majors include but are not limited to criminal justice, sociology, paralegal, political science, police science, criminology, and public administration. This is a MassTransfer and Quinn Bill eligible program. Expected Outcome Graduates of this program should be able to: use effective verbal, nonverbal, and written communication; demonstrate an understanding of ethical standards in the criminal justice systemand apply these standards to practical situations; describe the functions and interrelationships of the major components of the criminal justice system; explain the diversity of viewpoints and experiences within society; analyze how perceptions are affected by culture; identify a social problem, develop a problem-solving approach, and evaluate effective and appropriate responses.

  • Tuition & Fees

    Tuition & Fees

    624

    per Year

  • Books & Supplies

    Books & Supplies

    823

    per Year

  • Average Salary

    Average Salary

    46000

    per Year

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Curriculum

Graduation Requirements

To earn a degree in this program, a student must complete the 60 program and general education credits, plus the additional requirements, shown below and in the next column.

Program

Credits



CRJ 105

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 108

Substance Abuse Education

3

CRJ 109

Police and Community Relations

3

CRJ 121

Criminal Law

3

CRJ 123

Criminal Procedures

3

CRJ 125

Juvenile Justice Process

3

CRJ 126

Criminal Investigation

3

CRJ 127

Correctional Process

3

CRJ 200

Introduction to Criminology




OR

3
SOC 219 Women and the Law
PSY 107

Introductory Psychology(see footnote 1)

3

SOC 105

Introductory Sociology

3







Professional Elective (see footnote 4)

3





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(1) PSY 107 Introductory Psychology IS REQUIRED for graduation from the Criminal Justice Program.



General Education

Credits



COM

Communication

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing

6

MAT

Mathematics (see footnote 1)

3

History or Government (see footnote 2)

3

Humanities and Fine Arts

6

Natural or Physical Science
(see footnote 3) OR



Environmental Sciences

3




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Additional Requirements





Core Competencies Portfolio

6 Items



Forum

12 Units



Health/Fitness (see footnote 5)

30 Hours



Minimum Cumulative Averages

Overall

2.0



Area of specialization

2.0

SUGGESTED BLOCK FOR PROGRAM COMPLETION

The following is a suggestion for completing this program in two years. The actual time needed to complete the program will vary according to each student's individual needs.

First Semester

15 Credits



CRJ 105

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ 108

Substance Abuse Education

3

PSY 107

Introductory Psychology

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing

3

MAT

Women and the Law

3



Mathematics (see footnote 1)

3







36

Second Semester

15 Credits

CRJ 121

Criminal Law

3

CRJ 127

Correctional Process

3

SOC 105

Introductory Sociology

3

COM

Communication

3

ENG

English Composition/Writing

3







36

Third Semester

15 Credits



CRJ 109

Police and Community Relations

3

CRJ 123

Criminal Procedures

3

History or Government (See footnote 2)

3

Humanities and Fine Arts

3

Natural or Physical Science (see footnote 3) OR

3



Environmental Studies

3

Fourth Semester

15 Credits



CRJ 125

Juvenile Justice Process

3

CRJ 126

Criminal Investigation

3

CRJ 200

Introduction to Criminology OR



SOC 219

Women and the Law

3



Professional Elective (See footnote 4)

3

Humanities and Fine Arts

3



(1) MAT 101, or any course with the "MA" General Education designation; students wishing to transfer should take MAT 102 or higher.

(2) History or Government chosen from GOV 105, GOV 135, HIS 113, HIS 114, HIS 117, HIS 118, or HIS 225.

(3) Students wishing to adhere to the Commonwealth Transfer Compact must complete 8 credits of laboratory science.

(4) Professional Elective chosen from CIS 102, CRJ 200 or SOC 219, CRJ 201, HSV 135, SOC 136, SOC 208, SOC 212, SOC 216, SOC 228, or SPA 101, or SPA 131

(5) Fulfilled by successful completion of CRJ 108.