Multidisciplinary Studies with Juvenile Justice Studies Concentration

  • Credits: 120
  • Degree:
    Bachelor of Arts

Program Description

The baccalaureate program in multidisciplinary studies at Cambridge College is a flexible option for students who are attending college for the first time or returning after years away. The program develops academic and workplace skills for success and knowledge across a variety of academic fields. It is ideal for students who have broad academic interests and a desire to continue enhancing their knowledge throughout their lives. The program is very flexible, supporting each student’s interests with a wide selection of liberal arts courses to choose from.

Juvenile Justice Studies provide students interested in working with adolescents and the juvenile justice system with a solid introduction into the history of youth services, current theories of adolescent development, and the impact of community disadvantage, child abuse and neglect on behavior.

Program Outcomes                            

Specific learning outcomes of the Multidisciplinary Studies degree with the Juvenile Justice Studies concentration include:

  • Critical Thinking, Logic, and Analysis
  • Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning
  • Written and Oral Communication
  • Information Literacy and Computer Sciences
  • Understanding of the scope and relevance of the arts and humanities throughout historyand within contemporary society
  • Integration of Scientific Thought and Analysis 
  • Understanding of intercultural and intra-cultural concepts within the social sciences
  • Fundamental understanding of the historical development of concepts of juvenile justice
  • Understanding and basic knowledge of major theories, concepts and processes of adolescent behavior
  • An understanding of the complex factors that contribute to adolescent behavior, its impact, and societal responses.
  • Developing skills in vital areas such as suicide assessment, crisis intervention, and family mediation
  • Gaining skills to address youth issues in the context of government agencies and community organizations
  • Detailed understanding of current practices and research on successful treatment models

Careers and Further Study

Students will acquire a vocabulary in concepts and methods of critical thinking and will gain the skills necessary to navigate and manage complex systems, obtain fulfilling employment, and compete in the working world. Students will develop persuasive oral communication and writing skills and be prepared to utilize them in their employment and graduate study. With these transferrable skills and broad-based knowledge, our graduates will be equipped to take on new and unforeseen challenges in this fast-paced and quickly changing world.

Students may go on to graduate study in juvenile justice, criminal justice, forensic psychology, youth development and advocacy, family studies, addiction studies, and counseling. Career possibilities include juvenile residential and community-based programs, state and private non-profit agencies, probation departments, violence prevention, child protection and youth advocacy.

Curriculum


General Education - required courses
21
Credits
Principles and Processes of Adult Learning
LRN 175 3 credit(s)
Students explore theories of adult learning. They clarify the fit between their academic program and their learning and career needs, and see how their prior learning fits in. They assess their academic skills of critical thinking, mathematics, writing, and computer literacy. Students become independent learners who can effectively manage the structures, processes and expectations of undergraduate education.
College Writing I
WRT 101 3 credit(s)
Through challenging readings, class discussion, small group col­laboration, and different forms of writing, students learn the skills and process of “thinking on paper.” They learn to construct an argument or discussion that supports a clear thesis and present it effectively in a well-organized essay that observes the conventions of written English. They write academic papers that analyze and synthesize the issues suggested in two or more readings. Critical reading, critical thinking, research skills, and forms of documentation are also introduced.
Foundations of Critical Thinking
CTH 225 3 credit(s)
We learn to engage in reasoned thinking. We learn to formulate hypotheses; conceive and state definitions, and understand logical consistency and inconsistency. We explore the differences between claims of fact, value, and policy; what constitutes credible evidence; the nature of assumptions. We learn what constitutes a persuasive argument as opposed to an emotive and propagandistic one, and critically examine them. Students learn to present clear, well thought out critical arguments in writing and oral presentations. We look at the relationships among thinking, writing, speaking and listening, laying a strong foundation for improving our capacity to write, speak, and listen well.
College Mathematics I
MAT 101 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT100 If assessment indicates need. This course introduces students to the value of mathematics for students’ career and educational goals. Students will acquire mathematical study skills, gain strategies for problem solving, and develop a sound foundation for future mathematics coursework. The course is structured towards engaging students in active, applied, and real-life learning in order to facilitate mathematical problem solving and conceptual understanding.
Introduction to Computer Applications
CMP 130 3 credit(s)
Assessment available. This course provides a hands-on introduction to the personal computer, Windows, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, the Internet, and an overview of Word, Excel and Power-Point uses. Students begin with the basics of each application and progress through intermediate level.
College Writing II
WRT 102 3 credit(s)
WRT102 acquaints students with the academic research paper as both process and product. The course begins with an intensive review of the strategies and techniques for writing an academic essay that are covered in WRT101 and then moves to selecting and narrowing a topic, preliminary research, and establishing a focus for a 12-15 page argument research paper. The final paper includes an abstract, an introduction, discussion, conclusion, and references. Students learn how to write an Annotated Bibliograph and use APA documentation for in-text citations and references.
College Mathematics II
MAT 102 3 credit(s)
Prerequisite: MAT101 If assessment indicates need. Challenge exam available. This course develops students’ mathematical thinking and problem solving around issues of both mathematical content and process. Students will acquire a conceptual and practical understanding of and familiarity with numbers and operations, algebra, geometry, measurement, and basic data analysis and probability. The course focuses on supporting students’ understanding of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, connections, and representations. A key feature of the course is active student involvement to support communicating mathematics in everyday and academic contexts.
General Education - distribution requirements
18
Credits

Arts & Humanities - 6 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - 6 credits

Social Sciences - 6 credits

Open Electives
39
Credits

Choose electives and/or concentrations to support your academic interests and professional goals. (Course prerequisites must also be met.)

Liberal Arts Major
42
Credits

Upper level courses (300 level and above) distributed by area:

Arts & Humanities - at least 9 credits

Natural & Physical Sciences - at least 9 credits

Social Sciences - at least 9 credits

Multidisciplinary Studies Capstone
BAM 490 3 credit(s)
Prerequisites: 90 credits minimum, including WRT101 and WRT102. The Capstone is a comprehensive research project which is the culminating academic activity that helps to synthesize students’ learning in the undergraduate multidisciplinary program. It is an opportunity to explore a topic of personal or professional interest in the field of multidisciplinary studies and to create an original project or piece of research that contributes to the field. The Capstone is 25-30 pages in length and follows a research paper format appropriate to the field of study. Students work together in class and meet or communicate individually with the instructor as needed. Those who take an additional term to complete the Capstone must register for BAM491 and pass before graduating.
Juvenile Justice Concentration
15
Credits

Concentration accepted as open electives; see above.

Two 1-credit JUS electives also required.

Adolescents in Search of Belonging
PSY 330 3 credit(s)
In this course we look at adolescents in traditional and non-traditional families and residential treatment communities. We explore the adolescent search for a sense of belonging in and beyond the family, and for acceptance and inclusion in adult society. We discuss the developmental tasks of adolescence including sexual maturation, identity, and autonomy. We explore adolescent culture, role development, and societal attitudes to adolescents. We research community responses to teen parenting, depression and suicide, substance abuse, and delinquent activity. We look at prevention, intervention, and restoration in the context of community systems.
Intro to Juvenile Justice
JUS 350 3 credit(s)
This course introduces the history and principles of juvenile justice, focusing on delinquent behavior in the context of adolescence, family, and social/environmental factors. The course explores various societal responses to problem behavior from colonial time to the present, including various community-based and residential program models, and current national debates on treatment vs. punishment of juvenile offenders.
Understanding Child Abuse and Neglect
PSY 359 3 credit(s)
This is course is an overview of child abuse, neglect, and interventions targeted to this social problem. This course will assist the student in understanding, through case studies and readings, contemporary definitions of child abuse, neglect, sexual abuse, institutional abuse, adolescent abuse and catastrophic maltreatment. Child abuse will be discussed in context of family stress and the course will examine the historical role of societal intervention. Additionally, childhood neglect and abuse and their impact on delinquent behavior will be discussed. The course will review theories related to family relationship and attachment, community empowerment and disadvantage and the impact on adolescent growth.
Legal Process for Reporting Suspected Child Abuse
JUS 377 1 credit(s)
This course will cover the Massachusetts child abuse and neglect reporting law and regulations implementing that law. Students will learn the elements of law pertaining to what legally constitutes abuse, the responsibilities of mandated reporters in reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, what happens once a report is filed, and the laws governing child protection services.
Introduction to Social Justice
JUS 225 3 credit(s)
Social Justice, the state where conditions are met for all of creation to survive and flourish, is the bedrock which supports all other forms of justice. This course examines the understanding of Social Justice tradition that has developed over the last century. Principles of power, community, and responsibility will be examined in light of practical political and social problems - racism, sexism, hunger, poverty and environmental issues.

Core Faculty

Senior Instructor

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Admissions

  • Admission Test:

    Passing grade on TOEFL (English language proficiency test) is required for international students.

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    1-800-829-4723
  • Application:
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)

General Requirements

Official Transcript: High school or GED
One Completed Recommendation Form
Personal Statement

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Tuition

  • Credits:
    120
  • Cost per credit hour:
    $378
  • Application Fee:
    $50, nonrefundable ($100 for international students)
  • Graduation Fee:
    $110 (charged in last term)
  • Health Insurance Fee:
    $1,497 (Required for Massachusetts students only. See waiver details on Tuition & Fees page.)

Note: Rates are as of September 2013, and are subject to change without notice. Rates apply to all students, unless otherwise noted.

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