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2023-24 Academic Catalog 
2023-24 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice - LECJ.AS

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A criminal justice program is offered primarily for students desiring to pursue a career in Law Enforcement. In addition, students desiring a pre-law school course of study will find the Criminal Justice Program most advantageous as the case method of study is employed wherever possible. There is opportunity for in-service police officers who are desirous of improving their knowledge and abilities through study of specific police science courses and various general education subjects.

The objective of this two-year program is to familiarize the student with legal, technical and practical aspects of law enforcement procedures. The ever-increasing crime rate, changing social order, changes in the criminal laws and major court decisions are all factors that have made the law enforcement officer’s role one of extreme importance and ever-increasing complexity in modern society. Toward this end, the student will be provided with a strong background in the basic administration of justice as well as a general knowledge of the constitutional safe-guards as afforded in the Bill of Rights. This program also includes study in the social science area and a general choice of electives.

For future employment with a government law enforcement agency, students must undergo Criminal Offender Record Information check or other check. Depending on the findings, the student may or may not be employed.

Upon the successful completion of requirements for this program, the degree of Associate in Science in Criminal Justice will be awarded.

Program Goals

The Criminal Justice Program will produce graduates who:

  1. Are acquainted with the three agencies of the Criminal Justice System. The agencies are the police, courts and corrections. The student will learn the functions of each agency and how they interrelate with each other.
  2. Know how the three agencies function at each level of government: local, state and federal, and how each agency interrelates with the similar agency at the other levels of government. These are local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; local, state and federal court system; and county, state and federal correctional systems.
  3. Understand how the legal system, the criminal justice system, the level and branches of the government (federalism) interact to produce an orderly and lawful society.
  4. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  5. Conduct research from a variety of sources.
  6. Are computer literate.

(LECJ.AS) Curriculum

Program Personnel

Name Title Office Phone Email
Josh Carreiro Professor/Social and Behavioral Sciences Department Chair 17/237 413-755-4631 jlcarreiro@stcc.edu
Seth Dupuis Associate Professor/Curriculum Coordinator 17/225 413-755-4411 sadupuis@stcc.edu

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