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Available on campus and online, the following certificates can add value to your degree program, or help you build up your skill sets in a particular area. Learn more about when specific criminal justice courses are offered by viewing the course rotation schedule.
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Victim advocacy, as an emerging field in the criminal and social service networks, requires a solid background in all aspects of the law, dispute resolution, human services and all the like. This certificate program provides the means for students to develop basic knowledge and skills in effective advocacy.
The certificate in law enforcement is intended to aid in developing good communications skills, good judgement and decision-making skills, and display how to handle stress well within the broader context of a career in law enforcement. The certificate provides specialized law enforcement-based coursework to provide you with the knowledge and skills you will need to successfully enter the field. The certificate program allows the student to learn about community policing, police discretion, police ethics and corruption, issues of police leadership and management, patrol requirements, professionalism and other related topics necessary for success in the field.
The primary purpose of this program is to accommodate both in-service officers interested in a specialized field, as well as undergraduate majors in any of the social sciences with a specific interest in the field of corrections. Specific career opportunities include corrections officer, human services aide, residential juvenile counseling, street outreach counseling, juvenile corrections officer and the like. Upon completion of this certificate program, the student will be able to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the functions of corrections within the broader criminal justice system.
The Department of Justice Studies, with participation from the Department of Political Science, offers a certificate in law and the courts to undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in law, or enhancing skills relative to the understanding of the law for law enforcement officers and corrections officials. The program is open to students in all majors, as well students interested in completion of the certificate only.
The certificate in Justice Networking is offered jointly by the Department of Justice Studies and the Department of Information Networking and Telecommunications. The certificate is meant to provide the criminal justice practitioner or future practitioner the ability to specialize in areas related to cyber-crime and the like. The certificate combines practical and theoretical bases of knowledge towards this end.