Courses & Programs

Criminal Justice

A criminal justice degree lays the foundation for a wide range of career options, including law enforcement, forensics, corrections, and social work. Our graduates go on to pursue careers as paralegals, attorneys, judges, and policymakers.

HCC's criminal justice program explores the methods and theories of social science and social policy as well as policing, corrections, criminal activity, and court procedures. Students graduating with an Associate Degree of Science in Criminal Justice from Holyoke Community College will be able to:

  • Think critically about contemporary issues in criminal justice in an increasingly complex, technological, and diverse society
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
  • Develop both quantitative and qualitative skills, and abilities to critically analyze crime and criminal justice issues for policy making and problem solving
  • Demonstrate an awareness of issues of diversity, including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and religious belief
  • Understand the interdisciplinary nature of the field and ethical issues in the American criminal justice system