The criminal justice degree is designed to prepare students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, or the courts. In addition, it also serves as the academic foundation to transfer on to complete a baccalaureate degree. For those already in the career field the program provides educational progress for promotion and other career development purposes.
Why Great Bay?
A strong academic curriculum taught by faculty with extensive experience in the field of criminal justice. ALSO OFFERED 100% ONLINE. Students have the option of a traditional format – face-to-face hybrid – or as a 100% online program. To accommodate the needs of an online student, Great Bay offers an advising component specific to the program.
Students completing the program are prepared to work in local or state law enforcement as an officer, in corrections as an officer, or within the state and federal court systems.
Guest speakers come from law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice and the courts.
- Law Enforcement
- Security Guard
- Juvenile Justice
- Victim Advocacy
- Court Officer
Eric Kulberg serves as department chair/professor for GBCC’s Criminal Justice Program. Prior to joining Great Bay in 2019, Kulberg spent 10 years building a career in law enforcement. He worked as a detective at the University of New Hampshire as well as was employed seasonally with the Hampton Beach Police Department.
Total Overall Credits: 68-71
Program Specific Requirements
Applicants should be aware of the basic health and fitness requirements for many careers in the criminal justice field.
Prospective students with special needs or limitations that may affect their internship placement and/or potential employability are encouraged to discuss their career goals with their faculty advisor.
Students participating in internship and field experiences must demonstrate the emotional stability required to exercise sound judgment, accept direction and guidance from a supervisor or faculty member.
Students must establish rapport and maintain sensitive interpersonal relationships with employees, customers and clients. Students participating in an internship are required to follow the Great Bay Community College immunization policy.
Upon successful completion of the program of study, students should be able to:
• Demonstrate knowledge of current issues, concepts, philosophies, and theories in the field of criminal justice.
• Explain and discuss various theories of crime causation and societal response, and the techniques of prevention and treatment of crime.
• Describe the role of the courts in the administration of justice.
• Apply constitutional principles that protect the rights of citizens and regulate criminal justice agencies.
• Identify and discuss procedures necessary to establish a lawful arrest and search, proper judicial procedures, and the admissibility of evidence.
• Explain principles of effective law enforcement and security administration.
• Describe the structure and procedures of juvenile court; the function and jurisdiction of juvenile agencies; and the processing and disposition of juvenile cases.
• Articulate the role of corrections in the criminal justice system.
• Think logically and critically in order to formulate, present, and defend logical arguments.
• Comprehend information presented in written or spoken form and communicate clearly and effectively in both written and oral form.
• Apply the knowledge of ethical principles with the high standards expected of criminal justice practitioners.