Throughout the United States, there continues to be a demand for highly educated law enforcement professionals. Police, corrections, probation/parole, or any type of investigative work requires skills of a technical and academic nature, gained primarily through a college education and advanced in-service training. The Criminal Justice program offers a strong academic associate degree program and in-service training to students and law enforcement practitioners alike. The Criminal Justice program’s faculty is former and active police professionals with line, supervisory and/or administrative experience. Criminal Justice faculty is involved in law enforcement education on the state and local levels and often serves on Criminal Justice Boards and Commissions as well acting as consultants to the law enforcement community.
The Criminal Justice program awards an associate of applied science. The curriculum includes general education courses, such as math, science, English, humanities and social studies, coupled with a varied core of Criminal Justice courses. For the adventurous student, a trip to London or Ireland, to study their law enforcement systems, is offered during the spring semester. A senior internship is also available to second year students who have amassed a 3.2 GPA. The Criminal Justice internship is a one-semester course that gives students the opportunity to experience being an active part of a law enforcement agency.
The curriculum, constantly updated over thirty years, provides the student with as complete a criminal justice education as is available in the Northeast.
Local, state and federal agencies provide employment opportunities, as do business and industry. Private security, corporate and industrial security, and insurance and private investigation agencies have employed large numbers of our college graduates. The Criminal Justice program offers a full-time day program as well as evening, weekend and off-campus classes throughout the State.
Program Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
High School Course Recommendations
The following courses are not required for entrance into the program, but they are highly recommended.
Continuing Your Education
SMCC is in the process of completing a “2+2” articulation agreement with the University of Southern Maine’s baccalaureate degree program in Criminology. associate degree graduates can also transfer a full two years of credits toward a baccalaureate degree in Applied Technical Education or Applied Technical Leadership at the University of Southern Maine. They may also transfer two years of credits toward a baccalaureate degree in Business Administration at Husson College or a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice at St. Joseph’s, Northeastern or the University of New Haven. Our credits are also accepted at most other colleges and universities around the nation.