Statement of Mayor Thomas P. Koch

Criminal Justice

Academic Division of Professional Programs

The Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the criminal justice profession or to provide additional training or further advancement for those already employed in the criminal justice field by emphasizing courses in the theory and practice of Criminal Justice and closely related topics.

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The Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the criminal justice profession or to provide additional training or further advancement for those already employed in the criminal justice field by emphasizing courses in the theory and practice of Criminal Justice and closely related topics.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of this program, the student should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the structure and functions of the police, courts, and corrections
  • Analyze how theories of criminal behavior explain such behavior, and how those theories relate to the criminal justice system
  • Describe major court decisions related to crime and criminal procedure and how those decisions influence the behavior of those working in or involved with the criminal justice system
  • Describe the Constitutional rights in the United States of those accused of a crime, and explain why those rights exist
  • Analyze the criminal justice process from initial contact with the police to appeals
  • Explain the substance, purpose, and function of criminal law
  • Distinguish between the features and purposes of the adult court system and the juvenile court system



Criminal Justice Courses
    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • CJS 104
    • Law Enforcement & Society
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 105
    • Criminal Evidence & Investigation
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 111
    • Criminal Justice Administration
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 113
    • Drugs and Society
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 117
    • Crisis Intervention & the Police
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 122
    • Conflict & Dispute Resolution
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 131
    • Introduction to Homeland Security
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 132
    • Weapons of Mass Destruction
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 202
    • Introduction to Corrections
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 204
    • Probation, Parole & Community Corrections
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 211
    • Introduction to Security Procedures
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 212
    • Corporate Security Investigations
    • 3
    The role of private security and its relationship with the public sector continues to expand with more resources and responsibilities being leveraged on behalf of the private sector to ensure the areas of fraud, risk mitigation and emergency response are fully compliant and capable to address any situation. These enhanced responsibilities have created the need for individuals to develop more advanced investigatory skill sets. This course is designed to expose the student to multiple investigations and investigatory techniques with a specific focus on how these investigations affect private security and the relationship with public law enforcement. Topics covered will include evidence collecting, risk assessment, report writing, white collar crime, industrial espionage, workplace violence, terrorism, interview and interrogation, computer crime and courtroom testimony. Prerequisite: CJS 101.
    • CJS 213
    • Security Administration
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 214
    • Risk Analysis and Disaster Management
    • 3
    This course will introduce students to themes and practices surrounding the value of information and intelligence, collaboration between public/private law enforcement agencies, and strategic awareness of threat and risk mitigation; themes with which police and security agencies have become intimately familiar since 9/11. Students will learn to balance and mitigate risk in the environments of private security, crime and terrorism, natural disasters, and threats to the nation’s critical infrastructure. Students will learn how risk analysis contributes to all decisions surrounding threats and hazards, how risk balance works and how it can be applied in the efforts of preparedness, prevention, and response strategies. Students who successful complete the course will earn 3 semester credits. Prerequisites: CJS 101 and CJS 211.
    • CJS 215
    • White-Collar Crime
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 221
    • Domestic Violence, Abuse & Neglect
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 224
    • Unequal Justice: Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Class & the Law
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 225
    • Victimology
    • 3
    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.
    • CJS 297
    • Criminal Justice Internship
    • 3
    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.

    • LAW 207
    • United States Judicial Systems
    • 3
    This course studies the federal and state courts. Topics include the role of the judicial system in society, the structure of the court systems, and how judicial decisions are made. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
    • LAW 210
    • American Constitutional Law
    • 3
    The Constitution and the Supreme Court are studied through history and politics of key constitutional cases. Special attention is given to the nature and source of judicial power. The organization, jurisdiction, procedures, and restraints upon courts, particularly the U.S. Supreme Court, are considered. The establishment of judicial review and its function through time, federalism, due process, equal protection, and the incorporation of the Bill of Rights and civil rights and liberties are studied. Prerequisite or corequisite: ENG 101.
    • CJS 108
    • Criminal Justice Ethics
    • 3
    This course will examine a variety of ethical issues faced by justice officials, such as the relationship between personal ethics and social expectations; professional ethics; the use of force; issues of race, gender and class; and noble cause corruption. Students will examine the importance of an ethical foundation for law enforcement while they compare and contrast ethical codes from various sources in the public safety community and historical warrior classes. Special attention will be paid to the concept of noble cause corruption and the compound effects of those outcomes. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.


Contact Info:

Quincy Campus

1250 Hancock Street
Quincy, MA 02169

Tel:  (617) 984-1700

Plymouth Campus

36 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth, MA 02360

Tel:  (508) 747-0400


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