Overview

WMCC is preparing students for exciting career opportunities in law enforcement, forensics, corrections, probation/ parole, and many other important roles in the criminal justice system.  The professional expertise of our faculty provides a valuable mix of academic and practical experience that enrich all student learning outcomes, and thoroughly prepare students for successful career opportunities. 

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.  The program is broadly based and includes courses, which cover law enforcement against foreign and domestic criminal elements, the court system and the correctional environment.  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 for various local, state and federal career paths.

Agreements with 4-Year Schools

Articulation agreements are in place with 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.

Program is a hybrid program, meeting every other week in Berlin.

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

CRMJ101WIntroduction to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ201WCriminal Procedure3
CRMJ230WJustice and the Community3
CRMJ270WCriminal Justice Internship3
 Liberal Arts Elective3
 General Elective*3
 

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

CRMJ101WIntroduction to Criminal Justice3
CRMJ215WCorrections Operations3
CRMJ270WCriminal Justice Internship3
 Liberal Arts Elective3
 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.

Program is a hybrid program, meeting 6-8 times in a semester with the remainder of coursework to be completed online.  Class meetings may rotate between Berlin, Littleton,and North Conway.

Associate in Science Degree

First Year

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
COMP110WBusiness Computer Applications303
CRMJ101WIntroduction to Criminal Justice303
ENGL120WCollege Composition404
PSYC111WPsychology303
 SCIENCE324
 Semester Total 16217
 
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
CRMJ123WCriminal Law404
ENGL225WOral Communication303
PHYS122WForensic Science324
SOCI111WSociology303
 MATHEMATICS404
 Semester Total 17218
 First Year Total   35

Second Year

Fall SemesterLecLabCr
CRMJ110WTerrorism303
CRMJ150WCriminology303
CRMJ215WCorrections Operations303
HUMA212WLegal and Ethical Issues303
 Totals12012
 
 
Spring SemesterLecLabCr
CRMJ201WCriminal Procedure303
CRMJ210WJuvenile Justice Administration303
CRMJ230WJustice and the Community303
CRMJ270WCriminal Justice Internship*093
ENGL211WProfessional Writing303
 Totals12915
 
 
 Total Credits for the Year  27
 Total for A.S. Degree   62

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts and components of the
    American Justice System from arrest, trial, incarceration, and
    release/rehabilitation.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the many duties and functions of law
    enforcement entities, how they impact our daily lives, security and well being as citizens.
  • Communicate in a professional manner to a diverse group or to individuals
    in verbal and written form.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the dynamics of the laws that govern us
    as everyday citizens.
  • Conceptualize the many decisions made by law enforcement entities in an
    environment that can rapidly alter itself with multiple factors.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the sacrifices and rewards of working
    within the law enforcement career path

  • Robin Scott

    Robin Scott

    Social, Educational & Behavioral Science
    Professor of Education / Department Chair, Education, Social & Behavioral Science

81%

of students qualify for financial aid