Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Degree


Criminal Justice/Homeland Security Degree

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The Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice/Homeland Security deals with the causes of crime and its control through the various components of the criminal justice system, with emphasis on management and administrative concerns. The events of September 11, 2001 and the ensuing Patriot Act of 2001 affected the awareness of law enforcement and the manner in which they carry out their duties. The program is broadly based and includes courses which cover law enforcement, the court, and corrections. These courses, coupled with our general education requirements, provide our graduates with the background necessary for success in the Criminal Justice field. The program is designed to allow both pre- and in-service students to complete the degree on either a full or part-time basis in preparation for professional careers, and to continue their studies, if desired, through subsequent matriculation at a four-year college. 

Upon Completion of the program graduates will be qualified for law enforcement positions on local, state and federal levels including positions with the Department of Homeland Security.

Articulation agreements are in place with Plymouth State University in the Criminal Justice Program and at Granite State College in Criminal Justice Administration.

Health Considerations

Applicants should be aware of the basic health and fitness requirements for many careers in the criminal justice field. Prospective students with special needs or limitations that may affect their internship placement or potential employability or both are encouraged to discuss their career goals with the program coordinator prior to admission.

Students participating in internship and field experiences must demonstrate the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member, and establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, community groups, and the general public.

Character Expectations

Applicants should be aware that background checks are completed by potential employers prior to an applicant obtaining any position with arrest or detention powers, and the background check may even be conducted before an applicant is accepted for an internship. Applicants who have been in difficulty with the law may not be employable or even eligible for an internship. Because future goals may be compromised, applicants are advised to discuss any concerns with the program coordinator.

The Criminal Justice Professional Certificate consists of the first year, fall and spring semester courses of the degree program.

Full-time Police Academy graduates will receive credit for the following:

CRM101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM123 Criminal Law 4
CRM270/275 Internship/Senior Project 3
POL220 Principles of Public Administration 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  General Elective* 3

Full-time State Corrections Academy graduates will receive credit for the following:

CRM101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRM270/275 Internship/Senior Project 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  General Elective* 3


*Subject to review.

Additional credit may be awarded for in-service courses at the New Hampshire Police Standards and Training Academy on a case by case basis.

Associate in Science Degree

First Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
COM101 Introduction to Windows and Word Processing 1 0 1
COM103 Introduction to Spreadsheets 1 0 1
COM104 Introduction to the Internet 1 0 1
CRM101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 0 3
CRM108 Forensic Science 4 0 4
ENG120 College Composition 3 0 3
PSY111 Psychology 3 0 3
  Semester Total  16 0 16
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
CRM123 Criminal Law 4 0 4
CRM110 Terrorism 3 0 3
ENG225 Oral Communications 3 0 3
POL220 Public Administration 3 0 3
SOC111 Sociology 3 0 3
  Semester Total  16 0 16
  First Year Total      32
  Total for Professional Certificate     32

Second Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
CRM150 Criminology 3 0 3
CRM208 Policing for Homeland Security 3 0 3
CRM215 Corrections Operations 3 0 3
CRM270 Criminal Justice Internship* 0 9 3
CRM275 Senior Project* 3 0 3
HUM212 Legal and Ethical Issues 3 0 3
  Mathematics 3 0 3
  Totals 15/18 0/9 15/18
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
CRM210 Juvenile Justice Administration 3 0 3
CRM230 Justice and the Community 3 0 3
CRM270 Criminal Justice Internship* 0 9 3
CRM275 Senior Project* 3 0 3
HUM240 Critical Thinking Seminar 3 0 3
  Science 3 0/2 3/4
  General Elective 3 0 3
  Totals 15/18 0/2/11 15-19
  Total Credits for the Year     33/34
  Total for A.S. Degree      65/66

*Select either BCRM270 or BCRM275 (only one required), which may be taken either fall, summer, or spring of the senior year.

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