The Quincy College Criminal Justice Program is designed to prepare individuals for the region’s various aspects of Criminal Justice. The program options available to students offer several routes of preparation. In any Criminal Justice course, students may find themselves in classrooms with police officers, private security professionals, government agency staff, and prospective social scientists. Students are encouraged to carefully review each Criminal Justice track and the options available within each to more effectively identify the program best suited for their career and personal goals.
The Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the criminal justice profession. It can also provide additional training or further advancement for those already employed in the criminal justice industry by emphasizing courses in the theory and practice of criminal justice and closely related topics.
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:
Outline criminal justice policies and practices applied in the administration of justice.
Identify how professional ethics facilitates equality and due process in adult and juvenile justice systems.
Describe how criminological theory supports problem-solving and examines the nature and causes of crime.
Summarize relationships between globalization and crime in America.
Estimate the impact of criminal justice technology upon due process and equal justice.
Describe contemporary threats, challenges, and social issues impacting the administration of justice.
Summarize the evolution of the correctional system and community-based alternatives to incarceration.
Illustrate major qualitative and/or quantitative methods used in criminal justice research.
Academic Division of Professional Programs
Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement Courses
Law Enforcement & Society
The role of the police in a democratic society is examined as well as the historical development of law enforcement emphasizing European and American tradition and practice. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Criminal Evidence & Investigation
An examination of the kinds and degrees of evidence and the rules governing admissibility of evidence in court. The student will study the fundamentals of investigation, crime scene search and recording, collection and preservation of physical evidence, source of information, interviews and interrogation, follow-up, and case preparation. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Criminal Justice Administration
This course surveys the criminal justice system as a whole, the interdependence and independence of actors, and discusses system concerns and allocation of resources. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Drugs and Society
This course discusses the major social health issues involving drugs. Topics covered include the psychological aspects of drug involvement, the pharmacology of drugs, alcoholism, current rehabilitation practices, review of state and federal drug laws, and drug education programs at the national, state, and local levels. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Crisis Intervention & the Police
This course will examine the police officer responding to a wide range of calls which involve the potential for crisis. This course will involve incidents with violent individuals as well as volatile groups that the police officer often comes into contact with. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Conflict & Dispute Resolution
A survey of various dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and mixed processes. Students will gain familiarity with these processes, rudimentary skills in using them, and experience in how to help choose or build the most appropriate dispute resolution or prevention process. Through simulations and case exercises, theories, tactics, and methods will be applied to the fields of criminal justice, business, law, and labor-management relations. Can be used as a Business or Government elective. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Introduction to Homeland Security
An introduction to Homeland Security as an evolving policy issue, matter of national concern, and a profession, the course prepares students to explore this area of policy, law enforcement/emergency response, and government. This course addresses terrorism, natural disaster, policy development, legal and criminal justice issues, and concepts regarding the structure and authority of the Department of Homeland Security and related agencies. Case studies are examined focusing on threat assessment, disasters, past acts of terrorism, and potential risks facing the nation. Also explored are prevention, mitigation, and response to threats both natural and man-made.
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Today’s terrorism is characterized by sophistication, organization, financial capacity, and a degree of violence directed at mass populations heretofore unseen. This course presents an overview of the threat of terrorism as posed by weapons of mass destruction, with a focus on nuclear, biological, explosive, and chemical weapons, prevention of, preparation for, and the response to such threats. The focus is on the roles of the first responder before, during, and after WMD incidents.
Introduction to Corrections
This course covers a critical analysis of the American system of corrections. Covers important historical developments and the range of treatment and/or punishment options available to government, including prisons, jails, reformatories, and community treatment programs. Probation and parole are considered as an integral part of corrections. Current correctional philosophy and treatment approaches on federal, state, and local levels of government are assessed. The interrelated nature of all aspects of corrections is emphasized, with particular focus on policy analysis and decision-making.
Probation, Parole & Community Corrections
Probation, parole, and other community-based sanctions, procedures, practices, and personnel are surveyed and evaluated. Probation, parole, and community-based correctional programs are presented in their historical, philosophical, social, and legal context. Theory and practice are integrated to the greatest extent possible.
Introduction to Security Procedures
This course includes the historical and philosophical bases of security and a survey of administrative, personnel, and physical aspects of the field. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
This course examines significant topics in private security administration, including security planning, legal issues, managing investigations and the securing of assets, training, and human resource management. Placement at ENG 101 level is strongly advised.
This course deals with the rise, nature, causes, and consequences of white-collar crime and addresses such subjects as corporate crime, occupational crime, financial crime, public corruption, technology-based crime, and policing and prosecuting white-collar crime.
Domestic Violence, Abuse & Neglect
A survey of domestic violence including spousal or partner battering, child abuse and child neglect, causes, effects, and consequences of domestic violence; judicial, law enforcement and other interventions to protect victims; practical applications of the law; assisting victims/clients with resource and referral assessment; and study of public policy, criminal justice, and legal issues and problems. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Unequal Justice: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Class & the Law
Inscribed in large letters above the entrance to the Supreme Court of the United States are the words “Equal Justice under the Law.” These words represent the ideal of the American justice system - that law, legal procedures, and legal systems will treat people equally regardless of their race, gender, ethnic background, or social status. The reality of the criminal justice system, emphasizing historical and political foundations, will be explored through the study of gender, race, ethnicity, and class-based differences in law and criminal justice. Designated as a Criminal Justice course, this course may also be taken as a History/ Government elective. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Students will explore the myths and realities pertaining to crime victims, including crime victim statistics, the dynamics of victimization (physical, emotional and/or financial harm), victims’ rights, exposure to how police, courts and related agencies treat victims, and the problems and solutions for special kinds of victims (children, women, sexual assault victims, elderly, drunk driver and bias or hate crime victims). Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
Contemporary Social Problems
An analysis of the chief areas of social mal-adjustment. Consideration is given to selected critical problems including race relations, ethic discrimination, changing sex role patterns, family dislocation, and an aging population, mental illness, crime, alcoholism and drug addiction.
An experience-based introduction to the concepts and skills in oral communication; listening, feedback, group discussions, speeches, self-disclosure and relational communication.
Sociology of the Family
This course will focus on the family as a primary social institution. Emphasis will be placed on theoretical perspectives, variations, and alternatives, as well as the changing family over the life span. Special topics include cross-cultural influences, issues related to courtship, marriage and family development, and the effects of changes in the American family. Prerequisite: SOC 101 or permission of the instructor.
Criminal Justice Internship
The student works in a supervised work experience in a related criminal justice capacity for at least 90 hours over a semester. A term paper is submitted to the coordinator. Prior permission of the coordinator is required. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.