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Police Science

Program Code: CJP.AS
Associate in Science Degree

This program includes general and specialized education courses designed to prepare students for a bachelor’s degree program or a job in criminal justice. The certificate prepares the student to secure employment in the fields of probation, parole and corrections.

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Our rigorous Criminal Justice programs are highly regarded throughout the tristate area. Criminal Justice – the study and application of laws regarding criminal behavior – is studied by those preparing to be police, defense and prosecution lawyers, judges or others working within the criminal justice system. Our graduates go on to work in probation, law, research design, human services, social work, counseling, and other rewarding fields.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the institutional and legal processes of criminal law and the administration of justice in the United States, and how police, courts and the correctional system interact in a constitutionally protected arena.
  • Evaluate important legal and ethical dilemmas in the administration of justice.
  • Summarize key issues in constitutional law, the New Jersey Court System, judicial treatment, contemporary police procedures, and community policing.
  • Appraise ongoing problems in policing, court systems, and evaluating alternative suggestions for effective reform.
  • Use appropriate tools of research and analysis to produce effective written and oral communication.
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General Education Communication

General Education Humanities

Choose two courses designated in the course descriptions as General Education Humanities (GE HUM).

General Education Mathematics, Science and Technology


Choose one math course designated in the course descriptions as General Education (GE MST).


Choose one lab science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education (GE MST).

General Education Social Science

Physical Education / Health


Students may satisfy this requirement with any HED or PED course except PED 270.

Additional Courses


Total Credits 61 - 65

Contact Information

Contact Name: Timothy Hack, department chair 
Contact Phone: 732.906.2590
Contact Email: HSS@middlesexcc.edu 
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/history-social-science/

Frequently Asked Questions

What will students learn if they study Criminal Justice?

Students examine both the substantive and procedural aspects of criminal law. Particular attention will be given to the functions of the courts and special emphasis will be placed on major U.S. Supreme Court decisions. Students who choose the Correction Administration degree option or certificate will learn about relevant trends with regard to correctional institutions, as well as sentencing, judicial treatment and correctional management philosophies. With the Police Science degree option, students will learn police procedures, constitutional law and community policing.

Are there any requirements that must be satisfied taking courses in the major?

Algebra I is a prerequisite for all majors. Algebra I competency may be verified with a passing score on the College’s placement test or completion of the appropriate course. Students also need a grade of “C” or better in one year of high school laboratory science or in BIO-010 or CHM-010.

Can students transfer to a four-year college or university?

The Statewide Transfer Agreement for New Jersey ensures that students who earn an A.A. or A.S. degree at a community college will have those credits fully transferable to a New Jersey public four-year institution, will have completed half of the credits required for a basic four-year degree and will have completed all of the lower division general education requirements. In addition, articulation agreements with private institutions may provide similar transfer provisions. Students should discuss the transfer process with an advisor.

How long will it take to complete this degree?

Once students complete developmental coursework (if needed), the degree can be completed in two years of full-time study. They can shorten the amount of time by taking courses in the summer and winter sessions.

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