Northwest Community College

Criminal Justice

Mission | Faculty | Outcomes | Coursework
This program is designed to be a career-oriented program that provides students with the necessary knowledge to gain employment in the field of Criminal Justice. Program course work will allow an opportunity for students to transfer to a four-year institution. Students will participate in applied learning through in-class, hands-on assignments as well as practicum/fieldwork at Criminal Justice sites. With the aid of the required courses, our program students have been successful in finding employment in their chosen field. 

Michael R. Emanuel,, 860-738-6389

Upon successful completion of all program requirements,
graduates should be able to:

1. Explain and identify the structure and function of the criminal justice system.
2. Explain and identify the philosophy of community policing and its impact on the criminal justice system.
3. Explain and identify the programs facing various segments of the criminal justice system.
4. Explain and identify elements of the U.S. Constitution as it relates to the criminal justice system.
5. Apply the basic concepts of criminal law.
6. Explain and identify sociological aspects of criminology, juvenile delinquency and street gangs.
7. Examine realistic incidents and cases through local internship opportunities.
8. Interpret criminal investigations through mock crime scenes and real-life scenarios.
9. Transfer to 4-year colleges to further their education in criminal justice.
10. Apply for career opportunities on a state or local level.
11. Examine real world, cutting edge topics in special topics courses.

ENG* 101 Composition - 3 credits
CJS* 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice - 3 credits
PSY* 111 General Psychology I - 3 credits
COM* 173 Public Speaking - 3 credits
MAT* Mathematics Elective - 3 credits (MAT* 137 or MAT* 167 recommended)
CJS* 258 Street Gangs & Organized Crime
- 3 credits
JS* 120 Police & The Community - 3 credits
CJS* Criminal Justice Elective  - 3 credits (CJS* 225 – Forensic Science recommended)
Natural Science Elective - 3/4 credits
Social Science Elective OR Behavioral Science Elective - 3 credits (SOC* 240 – Criminology or SOC* 241 – Juvenile Delinquency recommended)
CJS* 211 Criminal Law I
- 3 credits
CJS* 220 Criminal Investigation - 3 credits
CJS* 291 Criminal Justice Practicum - 3 credits
SOC* 101 Principles of Sociology - 3 credits
CJS* 250 Police Organization and Administration - 3 credits
CJS* 102 Introduction to Corrections
- 3 credits
CJS* 213 Evidence & Criminal Procedures - 3 credits
HIS* 201 HIS* 202 U.S. History I OR US History II - 3 credits
Humanities or Arts Elective - 3 credits
Elective - 3 credits CSJ* 298 – Three 1-credit criminal justice courses recommended