Criminal Justice

associates Degree

Some of the best crime fighters in America use nothing more than a telephone or a test tube. Learn more about our Criminal Justice Associates Degree.

From the police dispatcher to the crime lab technician, criminal justice support professionals play an essential role in keeping all phases of America’s justice system working correctly.  Our Bay State College Criminal Justice Associates Degree Program couldn’t be more relevant for those seeking a professional career. With the expansion of criminal justice initiatives on the federal and state levels over the past decade, the need for support professionals of all kinds has grown steadily—court stenographers, probation officers, paralegals, and more.

At Bay State College, we understand that local, national and international criminal justice efforts are effective largely because of these dedicated professionals who operate behind the scenes and provide essential support functions.  Our Criminal Justice Associates Degree recognizes the critical nature of this career path and seeks to train professionals who can carry this mission forward.

In just two years, our Criminal Justice Associates Degree Program will help you develop the professional skills you need to quickly enter this rapidly growing job market. Once you complete your studies, you can also choose to transfer into a full bachelor’s program. Either way, there’s no more flexible way to start your career. 

Our curriculum includes coursework that covers everything from criminal investigation and criminal law to civil rights. You’ll grow through lively class discussion, fine tune your oral and written skills, and work closely with professors who are criminal justice professionals themselves.

Our Criminal Justice Associates Degree Program will give you the practical knowledge you need to succeed in the criminal justice field, by fine-tuning your skills in:

  • Conducting research in an academic environment.
  • Applying ethical and legal standards when making decisions, processing criminals and disseminating information to the government and/or public.
  • Working in groups to define and identify legal issues, make group decisions and implement solutions.
  • Examining and analyzing individual problems and case studies, applying legal rules and procedures, and explaining solutions and outcomes.
  • Understanding and describing the criminal justice system from investigations through corrections.
  • Demonstrating oral and written communication techniques necessary for conducting investigations, communicating with other professionals, and writing reports.
  • Thinking critically and developing models for intervention and crime reduction.

Would you like to know more about how to get a Criminal Justice Associates Degree? Are you ready to play your part in criminal justice?  We have just the stage for you.

Our Mission

The Criminal Justice Associates program provides the opportunity for development of a wide range of skill sets essential to success in the field of criminal justice.  The program provides the student with the necessary education to enter an entry level criminal justice position or transfer to a bachelor’s program in criminal justice.

Learning Objectives

  • Trace and recall the development of law through historical periods and be able to correlate changes to cultural advances and important world events.
  • Critically analyze the general essence of a social contract and be able to judge the role of Government relative to enforcement and create a progressive time line of the philosophical and practical changes in criminal justice systems
  • Identify the four primary philosophies of justice and be able to recall their application and effectiveness throughout history and into modernity.
  • Understand the role of religion, sin, and human virtue in early criminological theories.
  • Interpret the development and the value of the positivist and classical schools of criminology.
  • Articulate the major theories of criminality and use this knowledge to create practical intervention models.
  • Articulate the basic elements of and rationale for the restorative justice model
  • Create a descriptive time line of restorative justice models and systems based on historical and modern theories and practice, starting from the Age of Enlightenment into the modern period.
  • Understand the relevance of the humanities to criminal justice practice.
  • Identify, list, and recall the information and basic knowledge of criminal and procedural law.
  • Conduct case briefs, translate the data, and describe how the law is applied in various circumstances.
  • Evaluate the impact of culture and cultural shifts on the development and application of criminal law
  • Produce articulate, comprehensible and grammatically correct oral and written communication.
  • Articulate the key elements necessary for effective formal presentations
  • Create and deliver a formal presentation on a specific topic area
  • Identify the key philosophies surrounding technology and categorize how these philosophies can serve as an ethical, legal and practical application guide
  • Comprehend the impact of criminal identification technologies and its correlation to recidivism and efforts towards restorative justice.
  • Analyze the impacts, both positive and negative, of criminal justice technological advance relative to the acquisition of justice
  • Explain the professions and disciplines that make up the continuum of criminal justice process.
  • Identify how public, private, non-profit and faith based entities work together to apply philosophies of justice.
  • Be familiar with cause and effect relationships within the continuum and how they impact, both positively and negatively, the outcomes desired by the community as a whole.
  • Define, research, and locate the codes of ethics accepted by the various professions and disciplines that comprise the criminal justice system
  • Examine the governing bodies for their particular professional codes and how they are policed.
  • Apply ethical rules to particular scenarios that criminal justice professionals are likely to encounter.

Possible Careers

  • Transportation Security Officers
  • Security Guard
  • Private Detective/Investigator
  • Protective Service Worker
  • Loss Prevention Manager
  • Gaming Surveillance Officer
  • Correctional Officers


Available at the Taunton Campus

As part of our mission to make education accessible to all, Bay State College is proud to announce the opening of our Taunton campus. Our beautiful new facility hosts some of our most popular degree programs—providing the same quality education you’d receive at our Back Bay campus in a more convenient location for students who live outside of Boston.
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