Jul 18, 2024  
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
Fitchburg State University 2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Police Program, Criminal Justice, B.S.

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Academic Coordinator
Academy Director
Richard Wiebe Michael McCutcheon Lisa Lane McCarty, M.S.
Associate Professor
Assistant Professors
Randall Grometstein Deon Brock Lilian Bobea
David Weiss   Katherine Hazen
Richard Wiebe   Eileen Kirk
    Mike McCutcheon


The role of the police officer is intellectually demanding, requiring officers to possess knowledge and skills in both substantive and procedural law, police procedures, problem solving, crisis management, written and oral communication, technology, and professionalism. Successful completion of the Police Program, together with the completion of the Police Academy hands-on requirements including, but not limited to, firearms, self-defense, and defensive driving, will make the student eligible to pursue a 5th year Master’s degree at Fitchburg State University with a Police Program concentration. Together, successful completion of the Police Program undergraduate concentration and the Police Program graduate concentration will confer eligibility for certification by the Massachusetts Municipal Police Training Committee (MPTC). Students who are certified by the MPTC can seek employment directly with any municipal police department in Massachusetts. Those who wish to be state police officers must still go through the State Police Academy. It is anticipated that a student’s Police Academy hands-on training will be completed during the fifth year of this four-plus-one (4+1) program.

Expected Outcomes

  • Meet all of the requirements of the Municipal Police Training Academy which will be handed out to students at the mandatory orientation
  • Apply knowledge of the operations of the criminal justice system to real-life case scenarios and current events
  • Recognize and analyze ethical issues and dilemmas in the practice of criminal justice
  • Demonstrate the ability to research and analyze crime data and its impact on criminal justice policy
  • Identify the links between theoretical foundations of crime and delinquency and the development of criminal justice policy
  • Recognize diversity in society and how criminal justice professionals respond to the increasing diversity in society
  • Develop critical thinking skills and the ability to apply them to problem solving
  • Develop oral and written communications skills as well as the ability to use technology for communication purposes

Academic Program Requirements

To remain in the Police Program, a student must (a) earn a minimum grade of 2.0 in each of their MPTC-required Criminal Justice courses; and (b) maintain a 2.50 overall GPA. In addition, Police Program students whose GPA is less than 2.75 at the end of their penultimate undergraduate semester would not receive automatic  acceptance into the graduate portion of the program, but would have to be granted a waiver by the Criminal Justice program faculty in order to be accepted into the graduate program.

Core Requirements (24 credits)

Additional required CJ courses (6 credits)

General Education Requirements for the Criminal Justice Major (12 credits)

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