Criminal Justice Certificate

Level 1 Workforce Certificate

This certificate provides students with the necessary skills and academic requirements to qualify for employment in a Criminal Justice 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 Division 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.

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

First semester courses and credits required to earn the Criminal Justice Certificate
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CRIJ 1301 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CJSA 1348 ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3
CJSA 1317 JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM 3
CRIJ 2313 CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3
CRIJ 2328 POLICE SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3
CJCR1304 PROBATION AND PAROLE 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 18

Second Semester

Second semester courses and credits required to earn the Criminal Justice Certificate
RUBRIC NUMBER COURSE TITLE SEMESTER
CREDIT HOURS
CJSA 1342 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION 3
CRIJ 1310 FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL LAW 3
CRIJ 1306 COURT SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3
CJSA 1325 CRIMINOLOGY 3
CJSA 2334 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE  3
CJSA2306 POLICE MANAGEMENT, SUPERVISION, AND RELATED TOPICS 3
Total credit hours for this semester
TOTAL HOURS 18

Total Credit Hours: 36

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 Division Chair.