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Technical Standards1 for CJLC


For general information about technical standards and accommodation, see Technical Standards.

Students entering these programs must be able to demonstrate the ability to:

  • Comprehend textbook material at the 11th grade level.
  • Communicate and assimilate information in either printed, signed, or computer voice format.
  • Gather, analyze, and draw conclusions from data.
  • Observe, investigate, make appropriate determinations at mock crime scenes, and problem solve.
  • Function as a team leader, including giving directions and providing advocacy.
  • Maintain cleanliness and personal grooming consistent with close personal contact.
  • Know how to operate a computer or smart phone, with or without adaptation.

Law Enforcement Certificate (CJLC)

Developed in cooperation with the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Law Enforcement Certificate program prepares students for a career in law enforcement. The certificate combines specialized criminal justice and general education coursework to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to compete for entry into the Massachusetts law enforcement field. All of the credits earned in the certificate program can be applied to an associate’s degree in criminal justice, which may result in increased compensation and may qualify the certificate holder to a shortened municipal police training academy.

There are several good reasons to pursue or continue your education in criminal justice:

  1. it is one of the fastest growing job markets in the nation;
  2. as crime changes and criminals become more sophisticated, criminal justice professionals must increase their knowledge, skills, and sophistication in enforcing laws;
  3. the public continues to demand higher standards and effectiveness of law enforcement officials;
  4. through various pay incentive programs, police may receive salary increases by pursuing higher education;
  5. and criminal justice is a good foundation for those pursuing a career in law.

MWCC’s outstanding criminal justice faculty includes working practitioners and instructors with expertise in law enforcement, prosecutorial systems, and corrections.

Year 1
CJU 131Introduction To Criminal Justice 3
CJU 133Criminal Law 3
ENG 101English Composition I 3
SOC 103Introduction To Sociology 3
CJU 220Technical Writing For The Criminal Justice Professional 1
PSY 105Introduction To Psychology 3
CJU 134Criminal Procedure 3
CJU 140American Policing 3
CJU 232Introduction To Criminology 3
SPC 113Speech (formerly THE113) 3
 Total Credits: 28

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Helpful hints

Academic and career advising sessions with a criminal justice advisor are highly recommended. Cooperative education, volunteer, and/or service learning experiences may increase chances of employment. Students who are pursuing a career in law enforcement or police services are encouraged to complete the Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice.

Transfer options

For transfer options, please click here. It is recommended that you also consult with your academic advisor.

Special requirements

Students enrolled in this certificate are not eligible for life experience, police academy, armed services, or Tech Prep credits and are limited to six credits total in CLEP, DANTES, and challenge exams. Only courses completed at institutions accredited by appropriate Regional Institutional Accrediting organizations may be transferred into the program. A Criminal and Sexual Offender Records Information (CORI/SORI) check is required for student interns. Technical standards must be met with or without accommodations.

Earning potential

$35,600 to $59,880.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Information

For gainful employment information, please click here.


CJU 131. Introduction To Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

Students survey the criminal justice system in the United States including its main components: law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Special emphasis is placed on the sequence of events and decision points within the system, as well as historical and societal influences. The functions of federal, state, county, and local agencies are examined. A brief overview of the juvenile system is included. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement. This course should be taken during a student's first semester as a Criminal Justice major.

CJU 133. Criminal Law. 3 Credits.

This course studies the nature, aims, purposes, and principles of criminal law, including both the general and specific parts of the law of crimes. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis of specific elements, rules, doctrines, and defenses. Students actively participate by applying knowledge of laws and doctrines to actual cases through written and oral exercises. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.

CJU 134. Criminal Procedure. 3 Credits.

Emphasis is placed on the constitutional authority to apply the process of enforcement of the law. Attention is given to admissibility of evidence used to convict. Through case study, procedural matters affecting the criminal justice system such as arrest, search and seizure, warrants, admissions, stop and frisk, and identification, pretrial proceedings, conviction, and post-conviction processes are examined. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.

CJU 140. American Policing. 3 Credits.

This course provides the criminal justice student with an in-depth understanding of the history, development and philosophy of American policing. Students survey the roles, operation, procedures and organizational structure used in modern law enforcement. Attention is given to ethical practices, police interaction with diverse cultures, and the importance of communication. The course emphasizes patrol and community as the mainstay of policing. Current problems, recent innovations and law enforcement as a lifelong career are included topics. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement. Spring.

CJU 220. Technical Writing For The Criminal Justice Professional. 1 Credit.

This course is designed to develop the technical writing skills of students intending to become criminal justice practitioners. Students develop the written communications skills needed to prepare to write research papers, reports, and accurately document legal and investigative materials, as well as other types of written communications commonly used by the major agencies within the criminal justice profession. This course will meet one hour each week. Prerequisite: ENG101.

CJU 232. Introduction To Criminology. 3 Credits.

Students will explore patterns of adult criminal and juvenile delinquent behavior through the examination of theories from a biological, psychological, and sociological perspective. The concept of crime as a social problem and efforts to measure the nature and extent of crime will be examined. Typologies of crime are studied, and schools of thought and various approaches to crime causation will be considered. This course should be taken during a student's second semester as a Criminal Justice major. Prerequisite: SOC103. Spring.

CJU 233. Criminal Investigation. 3 Credits.

This course examines the science and art of criminal investigation. Crime science and its specialized procedures and techniques related to physical evidence, interviews, rules of evidence, the investigator as a witness, and the investigative process to include follow-up investigations will be examined. Cases may be included to illustrate the investigative process. Practical application of selected laboratory procedures may be included. Prerequisite: CJU134 or permission of the division dean. Fall.

CJU 234. Introduction To Criminalistics. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to introduce the concepts involved in the field of criminalistics. The students will be introduced to the concepts of criminalistics from the professional and scientific disciplines dedicated to the recognition, collection, identification, and individualization of physical evidence. The application of the natural sciences to matters of the law will be examined. Actual court cases will be used to illustrate facilitation of the identification process. Practical application of selected laboratory procedures may be included. Prerequisites: ENG098, FYE101, RDG098, or placement.

CJU 250. Introduction To Corrections. 3 Credits.

This course surveys the historical, political, legal, and sociological aspects of the United States correctional system. Students examine differing philosophies and purposes of punishment, particularly as they impact correctional policy and practice. Emphasis is on studying various types of offenders within the system and understanding major issues regarding contemporary methods of handling criminal offenders. Prerequisite: CJU131. Fall.

CJU 252. Internship In Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

This field experience involves extensive observation of and interaction in selected agencies. Placements include police departments, courts, probation, juvenile services, parole, correctional facilities, training academies, and related areas such as residential treatment programs. Students obtain a basic knowledge and understanding of the practical aspects of criminal justice through observation and selected participation. One seminar hour and eight hours of field experience per week are required. A consideration for placement will be the student's appropriate qualifications in relation to a specific agency. Prerequisites: completion of at least two criminal justice courses, sophomore status, and permission of division dean.

CJU 254. Counseling And Rehabilitation Of The Offender. 3 Credits.

This course acquaints the student with current views on treatment of the criminal offender. Students will survey modes of treatment such as cognitive, family, and group therapies, study assessment of individual needs, and examine selected contemporary programs. Special emphasis will be on the involuntary and resistant client, including techniques in counseling. Issues examined include the security/treatment dilemma, ethics, confidentiality, behavior change, and reintegration. Prerequisites: PSY105 preferred and either CJU131, CJU232, CJU250, or permission of division dean. Fall.

CJU 255. Seminar In Criminal Justice. 3 Credits.

In this capstone course, students analyze and articulate contemporary themes in order to demonstrate their mastery of the content of completed required courses within the degree. Students are required to read selected materials and analyze key topics in a seminar format. Students develop and prepare a major analytical research paper and conduct a seminar for fellow students. Students must complete this course with a minimum grade of C- in order to graduate. This course should be taken in the semester immediately preceding graduation. Prerequisites: ENG102; completion of all required criminal justice courses (CJU131, CJU133, CJU134, CJU232, CJU250, and CJU220), and at least one restrictive elective in the student's area of concentration (or one to two concurrently), or permission of division dean.

CJU 260. Probation, Parole, And Community Corrections. 3 Credits.

Students study the development, organization, and functions of probation, parole, and community-based correctional programs such as house arrest, day reporting, community service, and victim restitution. Topics include sentencing structure and decision-making, the presentence investigation report, levels of supervision, terms and conditions, treatment needs of offenders, and the revocation process. Prerequisites: CJU131, CJU250 recommended. Spring.