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Criminal Justice Certificate

Level 1 Workforce Certificate

This certificate provides the student the skills and academic requirements necessary to qualify for employment in a law enforcement agency. All the courses completed in the certificate program are part of the AAS degree and may be directly transferred into the degree program. (Students seeking a certificate cannot enroll in CJSA 2388.) Experiential Credit is available for students currently working in the field of Criminal Justice. For more information, see the Department Chair.

Upon completion of the Level 1 Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Display critical thinking skills related to areas in the criminal justice field.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, respectful conduct to those of diverse cultures, customs and beliefs in stressful situations.
  • Communicate both verbally and in writing in areas related to the criminal justice field.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate employment strategies relevant to positions in criminal justice.

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This certificate can be completed either completely face-to-face or through a mix of face-to-face classes and online classes. The program is designed to take two semesters, or 32 weeks, to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.

Certificate Requirements

First Semester
CRIJ 1301 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credit hours
CJSA 1348 ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credit hours
CJSA 1317 JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM 3 credit hours
CRIJ 2313 CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3 credit hours
CRIJ 2328 POLICE SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 15
Second Semester
CJSA 1342 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION 3 credit hours
CRIJ 1310 FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL LAW 3 credit hours
CRIJ 1306 COURT SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3 credit hours
CJSA XXXX ANY TWO CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVES 6 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 15

Total Credit Hours: 30

Capstone Requirement: Students completing the certificate must pass a comprehensive program exam with a score of 70% or higher to satisfy the capstone requirement. Exam must be scheduled with the Department Chair.