May 24, 2022  
2021-22 Catalog 
2021-22 Catalog

Criminal Justice, A.S.*

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Program Design

The Criminal Justice associate degree program offers students the opportunity to prepare for work within the various fields of criminal justice in both the public forum and private agencies. The curriculum consists of a strong liberal arts academic base supported by social science electives and criminal justice core courses. The latter are enhanced by electives in criminal justice, corrections and security services. The prescribed program also provides for free electives that may benefit the student’s educational awareness and career choice. Courses are available during the day and evening.

The program has strong relationships with many local and state agencies, colleges and universities. Students have been successful in transferring all program courses. A strong element of the program is a cadre of local professionals who supplement the regular faculty, serving as guest lecturers, adjunct faculty and intern sponsors.

Credit for criminal justice core courses and electives may be obtained by students who submit police and criminal justice-related training and work experience for evaluation.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all Criminal Justice degree program requirements, graduates will

  1. Have a general understanding and appreciation of the role of the criminal justice system at local, state and federal levels.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate codes of professional ethics and the capability to critically and reflectively engage ethical issues in criminal justice, particularly questions of social responsibility and professional decision-making.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of theories, principles, judicial and correctional processes, legal institutions, and methods of law enforcement.
  4. Have a sound basic education in criminal justice for graduates who choose to pursue a bachelor’s degree.

In addition, the graduate will complete the comprehensive learning outcomes identified with the General Education Core.

Criminal Justice Requirements

Total Minimum Credits Required: 60


Becoming Connecticut State Community College

STUDENTS: The Community Colleges are undergoing a merger with a plan to become Connecticut State Community College in fall 2023; please work closely with your advisor/program coordinator to select your courses accordingly. See below for more detail about this exciting transition!

Becoming Connecticut State Community College

A merger of Connecticut’s 12 community colleges is underway. Connecticut State Community College (CT State), a statewide college comprised of all Connecticut’s current community college locations, plans to open its doors in the Fall 2023. Here are some important facts students need to know:

  • the final commencement ceremony for Manchester Community College is scheduled for May 2023. Ceremonies will continue to be held at each location as campuses of CT State.
  • as a part of the planned merger, students continuing their studies beyond summer term 2023 will be matched with the CT State program that most closely aligns with their Spring 2023 major and is offered at the Manchester location,
  • students beginning Associate degree programs in Fall 2021 should plan with their advisor/program coordinator to attend full-time if they wish to graduate prior to the planned merger,
  • students who begin an Associate degree program in January 2022 would be anticipated to complete their degree at the merged college, Connecticut State Community College,
  • in all cases, the College is committed to students completing their education with a minimum of disruption and staying in touch with your advisor/program coordinator is essential,
  • further details can be found and will be updated on the Frequently Asked Questions page:

ENG* 200  or ENG* 202  recommended.

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