Associate in Science in Criminal Justice Studies

The Criminal Justice degree program is designed to prepare students for careers in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, the Court system, and Homeland Security. In addition, it also serves as the academic foundation to transfer on to complete a baccalaureate degree. For those already in service, the program provides professional development for promotion or career enhancement purposes. The degree of Associate in Science with a major in Criminal Justice will be awarded upon completion of all requirements. Students with an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice qualify for employment in various city, county, and state criminal justice agencies, and in the rapidly-growing private industrial security field.

ASSOCIATE IN SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE STUDIES

FIRST YEAR

FALL SEMESTER

CL

LAB

CR

ENGN101

College Composition

4

0

4

BCPN101

Computer Technology & Application

3

0

3

CRJN101

Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

0

3

CRJN102

Ciminology

3

0

3

SOCN101

Introduction to Sociology

3

0

3

 

 

 

 

16

SPRING SEMESTER

CL

LAB

CR

ENGN109

Oral Communications

3

0

3

MHTN108

Contemporary Mathematics

3

0

3

CRJN121

Crimninal Investigations

3

0

3

CRJN122

Law Enforcement Organizations

3

0

3

PSYN101

Introduction to Psychology

3

0

3

 

 

 

 

15

Awarding of Certificates Total 31 Credits

SUMMER SEMESTER

Group C Elective

 

3

0

3

SECOND YEAR-FALL SEMESTER

CL

LAB

CR

POLN210

State and Local Government

3

0

3

PLSN260

Criminal Law

3

0

3

CRJN220

Juvenile Justice

3

0

3

HUMN230

Ethics in the Workplace

3

0

3

CMNN102

Principles of Communication

 

 

 

 

15

SPRING SEMESTER

CL

LAB

CR

SCIN###

Science Elective

3

0

3

Group D Elective

 

3

0

3

CRJN260

Criminal Procedure

3

0

3

CRJN265

Corrections

3

0

3

CRJN280

Criminal Justice -OR-

 

 

 

CRJN285

Criminal Justice Senior Project

3

0

3

 

 

 

 

15

Awarding of Associates Degree Total 64 Credits

Program Specific (PS) Courses = 33 Credits -
General Education (GE) Courses = 31 Credits
 

Upon the completion of the certificate in Criminal Justice, graduates will be able to:

  1. Employ effective written and oral communication skills.

  2. Describe the components of the American criminal justice system, to include their history, functions, processes, and goals.

  3. Understand the application of technology within the Criminal Justice System.

  4. Understand the causes and effects of crime within our society.

  5. Understand the fundamental principles and techniques of criminal investigation.

  6. Describe the organization, management, and administration of criminal justice agencies at the local, state, and federal levels.

  7. Explain juvenile justice system and the magnitude of juvenile delinquency in the United States.

  8. Analyze the different components of the correctional system.

  9. Discriminate the roles of police officers, judges, prosecutors, defense attorneys, juries, and legislators in the application of criminal law.

  10. Apply the theories and principals of the Criminal Justice system to their practical application within the components of the system.

  11. Display the strong ethical qualities that reflect those within the field.

 

 

Paralegal Studies Program Description

The Paralegal Studies Program provides students with the education and training necessary to seek and begin career as a paralegal. Under the supervision of a lawyer, paralegals will: Gather background information; interview clients and witnesses; perform legal research and writing; draft legal documents and contracts; and assist attorneys in preparing for court and at trial.*

For the student looking to pursue an education beyond the Associate degree, this program is designed to provide transferability to bachelor degree programs.

All paralegal courses at Nashua Community College are taught by experienced attorneys. In all paralegal specialty courses, the students will not only be taught the essential knowledge of the law, but will also be given the practical knowledge necessary for employment and success as a paralegal.

For the Mission Statement, Goals and Objectives of the Paralegal Studies Program at Nashua Community College, please click here:  Paralegal Studies Program - Mission, Goals & Objectives

Nashua Community College is a Sustaining Member of the Paralegal Association of New Hampshire (www.panh.org).

A criminal conviction may preclude employment as a paralegal. A criminal record check may be required for the Paralegal Internship and/or employment by the organization, law firm, or government agency, and which is the sole responsibility of the student.

*Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as permitted by law.

To be successful in the Paralegal Studies Program, students should have an interest in the law, must be diligent and committed to their studies, be dependable, have good communication skills, be well-organized; or be willing and able to develop all these skills and qualities.