A criminal justice degree lays the foundation for a wide range of career options, including law enforcement, forensics, corrections, and social work.
The mission of HCC's criminal justice program is to foster a challenging environment that provides a solid knowledge of the criminal justice system as well as a broad background in the liberal arts through high-quality instruction.
The department will prepare students to undertake further studies at four-year institutions, and will promote the development of professionals who possess a commitment to public service, ethical consciousness, and leadership abilities.
student learning outcomes
Graduates of this program will:
- Demonstrate an understanding of the American criminal justice system and relevant legal, theoretical, and public policy issues.
- Develop effective and professional communication skills, both orally and in writing.
- Articulate an awareness of issues of diversity, including but not limited to: race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, social class, disability, and religious belief.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the primary data sources and methods used to measure practices in the criminal justice field and criminal behavior.
- Identify, locate, evaluate, and responsibly use appropriate legal, sociological, and other sources in papers and assignments.
- Recognize the importance of ethics and ethical behavior in the achievement of justice.
Explore criminal justice classes in the HCC online catalog.
Adina Eliana Giannelli
Nicole Jamila Hendricks
Alejandro "Alex" Sanchez, Jr.
Your advisor will:
- Provide you with accurate information about the program requirements, as well as college policies and procedures
- Assist you in thinking about ways to develop strategies for academic success
- Direct you to academic resources available at HCC
- Monitor your progress toward graduation
- Know what the criminal justice program expectations and requirements are
- Meet with your advisor early and often
- Be aware of your academic standing
- Talk to your advisor about campus resources such as the Center for Academic Program Support
- Explore transfer options and employment opportunities
Do you want to excel, but don't know how? Are you feeling lost or overwhelmed? Explore HCC's student resources.
- Make an appointment with your advisor
- Utilize the Center for Academic Program Support (CAPS)
- Get to know the library reference desk
- Use the Writing Center
- Veterans: Visit the Bunker
- Access WellConnect or other on-campus wellness programs
- Visit the Thrive Financial Success Center
HCC has articulation agreements (transfer partnerships) with the following schools:
- Westfield State University
- American International College
- Western New England University
- Bay Path University
- Elms College
Contact our transfer office to learn more about transfer opportunities!
The Criminal Justice Association is a student club at HCC.
The mission of the Criminal Justice Association is to create opportunities for students to learn and engage in activities related to the criminal justice system, its professions, and those it impacts.
Our objective is to promote the criminal justice profession and to assist in providing information, collaborating with other campus clubs and programs, hosting activities, and sharing career opportunities. We work to foster an awareness of current issues in criminal justice.
Students do not need to be criminal justice majors to join; all students currently enrolled at Holyoke Community College are welcome!
The club meets in FR 145 on Wednesdays during Activity Period (11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)