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Courses and Requirements

Program Requirements

Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice: Private & Public Safety Option (Accelerated) describes and analyzes the various aspects of the criminal justice system. The course curriculum is designed to take a systems approach in understanding the crime problem in the United States. The program is structured for those students with current or prior experience in the criminal justice field and can be completed in 16 months through a 7 ½ week course curriculum path.  It is recognized that a majority of criminal justice students continue their education after completing their degree. Consequently, the curriculum has a broad, academic orientation, facilitating transfer to four-year institutions. A minimum of 67 credit hours are required for graduation.

Candidates for the Associate in Science Degree in Criminal Justice: Private & Public Safety Option (Accelerated) must be college ready in math and English and obtain approval from the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator.

Starting in the Fall of 2014, any student enrolled in an associate degree program who is new to NECC and has no academic history at the college, must take at least one course designated as intensive in each of NECC’s six core academic skills in order to graduate. In most cases, the program’s core required courses include these intensive courses. Plan to see an advisor for more complete information about this graduation requirement.


Students interested in participating in this academic program may be required to undergo a Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) check, a Criminal Records Central Repository (CHRI) check and/or a Sex Offender Record Information (SORI) check. For more information, visit the CORI/CHRI/SORI page on the NECC website.

Northern Essex Community College is committed to the success of every student. Students with legal issues in their background will meet with a committee as part of the CORI/CHRI/SORI process and will receive guidance and counseling throughout the review of their records. NECC personnel make every effort to help students prepare for careers in their chosen field. Students are encouraged to seek assistance and support.

Required Courses

Courses Credits Comments
CRJ101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ102 Incarceration & Alternative 3 Prerequisites
CRJ103 Modern Policing 3 Prerequisites
CRJ201 Critical Incident Response 3 Prerequisite: CRJ101,
Corequisite: ENG101
CRJ202 Criminal Law 3 Prerequisite: CRJ101,
Corequisite: ENG101
CRJ250 Senior Seminar/Project 3 Criminal Justice Major
Note: The criminal justice program currently provides students who have experience in the criminal justice field with the option of taking either CRJ291 or CRJ250. The CRJ250 course requires an extensive research project.
ENG101 English Composition I 3
ENG102 English Composition II 3 Prerequisite
GOV101 American Government & Politics 3
GOV211 Civil Rights and Liberties 3 Prerequisite
MAT125 Statistics 4 Prerequisite
PHI121 Practical Logic 3
PSY101 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC104 Introduction to Criminology 3
Courses Credits Comments
Computer & Information Sciences 3 CIS110, CIS112, CIS113 or CIS210
Criminal Justice Elective 6 Prerequisite
Humanities Electives 6
Science Electives 7/8 Lab Science Required
Recommend Online- BIO103 & BIO104 and ERS130 or ERS135
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