Criminal Justice | BS

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice Program is an interdisciplinary program that incorporates academic training, practical preparation and ethical responsibility in its approaches to justice.   The program is designed to prepare students for various careers in or related to the justice system. The program curriculum reflects the ever-changing and evolving criminal justice landscape and the contemporary problems facing our society. Courses develop a sense of global awareness and a commitment to social justice and responsibility while promoting respect for the dignity of all persons involved in the criminal justice system.

Small classes encourage the interchange of ideas between students and faculty members, bringing relevant and practical experience to the learning environment. Students learn the foundational knowledge in the areas of organization and structure of the American justice system, adult and juvenile justice process, theories of sociology and criminology, legal studies, law enforcement and policing, criminal law, constitutional law, and corrections.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts State Dispatch 911 training program, the College is the first to offer Dispatch 911 training and certification on campus. Our students can explore many fields through internships to prepare them for the criminal justice professions and provide a solid foundation for graduate or professional studies. In addition to a vast array of more localized internships the College offers, it also provides students the opportunity to attend the Washington Center Internship program in Washington, D.C. for a semester.  Students have secured internships with the Secret Service, Homeland Security, INTERPOL, and many other agencies.

At Anna Maria College, students have the opportunity to complete their Bachelor’s degree on a part-time or full-time basis in person or online.  Further, students can graduate in under 4 years in the accelerated program or can graduate with both a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in 5 years.

Dispatch 911 Training Program

Anna Maria College is the first to create a partnership with Massachusetts E-911 to offer Dispatch 911 training and certification on campus.

HEAR FROM STUDENTS AND PARTNERS

Captain James Peloquin ‘22

Westford, MA Police Department

MUxbridge, MA - Forensic Criminology

Callie Bucchino '23

“Anna Maria had a reputation for having a large amount of law enforcement officers complete the program. For me that was important because it meant that the course materials were definitely relatable to our profession for so many officers to go here.”

“You have many teachers who want to see you succeed. Anna Maria College gave me the opportunity to reach my academic goals.”

Curriculum Highlights

Course Of Study

Career and Internship Opportunity

CAREER

  • Local Police
  • State Police
  • Environmental Police
  • MBTA Police
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Private Security
  • Probation and Courts
  • U.S. Marshalls
  • Correction Officer

INTERNSHIP

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program should:

  • Identify and analyze a broad range of criminal justice concepts including the structure and operation of the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate oral, written and technological communication skills consistent with standards in the field.
  • Apply theoretical knowledge to practical problems and situations and assess their ethical and moral implications.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills that embody a commitment to diversity, social justice and civic responsibility.
  • Research and analyze the larger context in which the criminal justice system exists and the implications of its being so closely tied to social, political, economic, and global forces.

Majors

Criminal Justice Program

The Criminal Justice program is a total of 120 credits. In addition to the required criminal justice coursework, general education courses and exploration courses are required. Students take six core criminal justice courses in the first and second years. In the third and fourth years, in consultation with their academic advisor, students develop a plan of study that furthers the student’s intellectual interests and professional goals through the choice of six elective courses. A minimum of four electives must be taken in criminal justice. The remaining two may be from criminal justice or related fields such as forensic criminology, psychology, social work, legal studies, public policy, political science, and business.

The integration of knowledge and practice culminates with the internship/service-learning component and a senior (capstone) seminar. The capstone course requires students to integrate the internship/service-learning component with theory through an individual research project on a current legal or policy issue in criminal justice.

With the faculty’s consultation, students are placed into internship positions designed to challenge them to apply knowledge to a substantive professional experience. Students may take a total of four different internships at three credits per site. Recent placements include federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, federal and local probation offices, juvenile and criminal court, Walt Disney security, victim/witness assistance, correctional agencies, youth programs, and investigative agencies. Through the internships, students apply learning outside the classroom, helping them build professional competence, confidence, and networking for future employment opportunities.

Careers in law enforcement include front-line positions such as state and local law enforcement officers, parole and probation officers, border guards and corrections officers. Additionally, students can pursue careers in federal law enforcement including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, (ATF), and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, (ICE).

Minors

Minors/certificates offered through the criminal justice program are:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Victimology and Victim Studies (minor and certificate)
  • Forensic Studies

Criminal Justice Degree Completion-Online Programs

The degree completion Criminal Justice program at Anna Maria College is designed for individuals who are employed or seeking employment in fields related to law enforcement and criminal justice. This comprehensive program integrates liberal arts education and strong career preparation. The curriculum is operationally focused and reflects the knowledge, skills, and abilities outlined in 21st century policing best practices. A strong emphasis is placed on the dynamic aspects of criminal justice leadership and administration. Experienced criminal justice professionals who are distinguished leaders and educators in criminal justice and law enforcement teach the criminal justice program. The degree completion program is offered online.

Transfer up to 75 credits earned in a relevant program at an accredited college or university. Once accepted, students will take the required ten courses for the major, exploration courses, and remaining electives outlined in the course catalog.

Curriculum Map

The Criminal Justice degree completion program is a total of 120 credits. In addition to the required criminal justice coursework, some general education courses are required, many of which may be transferred in from your previous college.

Course content includes:

  • Criminal justice and juvenile justice processes (law, crime, and administration of justice)
  • Criminology (the causes of crime and typologies)
  • Law enforcement (police organization, discretion, subculture, and legal constraints)
  • Law adjudication (criminal law, prosecution, defense, court procedures, and decision-making)
  • Corrections (incarceration, community-based corrections, and treatment of offenders)
  • Prevention of crime (social, community, situational interventions, and public policy)
  • Research and Evaluation (principles of social science research and policy evaluation)
  • Technology and crime analysis (crime mapping, data analysis, and criminal justice information systems)

Quinn Bill information

Anna Maria College’s criminal justice program is Quinn Bill-certified by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. As a result, students graduating from our program are eligible for the pay incentives outlined in the PCIPP.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program should:

  • Criminal justice and juvenile justice processes (law, crime, and administration of justice)
  • Criminology (the causes of crime and typologies)
  • Law enforcement (police organization, discretion, subculture, and legal constraints)
  • Law adjudication (criminal law, prosecution, defense, court procedures, and decision-making)
  • Corrections (incarceration, community-based corrections, and treatment of offenders)
  • Prevention of crime (social, community, situational interventions, and public policy)
  • Research and Evaluation (principles of social science research and policy evaluation)
  • Technology and crime analysis (crime mapping, data analysis, and criminal justice information systems)

Anna Maria College is also a Quinn Bill certified school.

Meet Our Faculty

David Armstrong

Senior Advisor for Criminal Justice Operations
Criminal Justice

Guy Bibeau

Paxton Police Department, Supervisor
Campus Police
(508) 494-9010

Dawn Brown

Lecturer
Sociology

Tracy Casey

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

John Colautti M.P.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice
(508) 849-3465

Lucy DelRossi

Lecturer
Criminal Justice

Patrick DePalo

Lecturer, Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice

James Duggan M.A., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Criminal Justice
508-849-3421