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, at Granite State College in Criminal Justice Administration and at the University of New Hampshire – Manchester in the Homeland Security Program.

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 (see below).

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

CRMJ101W Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRMJ123W Criminal Law 4
CRMJ270/275W Internship/Senior Project 3
POLS220W Principles of Public Administration 3
  Liberal Arts Elective 3
  General Elective* 3


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

CRMJ101W Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRMJ270/275W 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.

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Associate in Science Degree

First Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
COMP101W Introduction to Windows and Word Processing 1 0 1
COMP103W Introduction to Spreadsheets 1 0 1
COMP104W Introduction to the Internet 1 0 1
CRMJ101W Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 0 3
CRMJ108W Forensic Science 4 0 4
ENGL120W College Composition 4 0 4
PROF101W Professional Readiness 1 0 1
PSYC111W Psychology 3 0 3
  Semester Total  18 0 18
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
CRMJ123W Criminal Law 4 0 4
CRMJ110W Terrorism 3 0 3
ENGL225W Oral Communications 3 0 3
POLS220W Public Administration 3 0 3
SOCI111W Sociology 3 0 3
  Semester Total  16 0 16
  First Year Total      34
  Total for Professional Certificate     34

Second Year
Fall Semester Lec Lab Cr
CRMJ150W Criminology 3 0 3
CRMJ208W Policing for Homeland Security 3 0 3
CRMJ215W Corrections Operations 3 0 3
CRMJ270W Criminal Justice Internship* 0 9 3
CRMJ275W Senior Project* 3 0 3
HUMA212W Legal and Ethical Issues 3 0 3
  Mathematics 4 0 4
  Totals 16/19 0/9 19
Spring Semester Lec Lab Cr
CRMJ210W Juvenile Justice Administration 3 0 3
CRMJ230W Justice and the Community 3 0 3
CRMJ270W Criminal Justice Internship* 0 9 3
CRMJ275W Senior Project* 3 0 3
HUMA240W Critical Thinking Seminar 3 0 3
  Science 3 0/2 3/4
  General Elective 3 0 3
  Totals 15/18 0/2/11 18/19
  Total Credits for the Year     37/38
  Total for A.S. Degree      71/72

*Select either CRMJ270W or CRMJ275W (only one required), which may be taken either fall, summer, or spring of the senior year.

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