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Fort Hays State University
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Certificates

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.

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

Certificate in Victim Advocacy (Choose 12 Credit Hours)

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.

  • JUS 331 Criminal Procedure (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 380 Topics: Victim Advocacy (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 385 Victimology (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 600 Internship (3 Credit Hours)
  • SOC 670 Grant Proposal Development (3 Credit Hours)

Certificate in Law Enforcement (Choose 12 Credit Hours)

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.

  • JUS 100 Workshop in CJ (Law Enforcement) 1-(3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 315 Intro to Private Security (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 320 Police Systems and Practices (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 325 Law Enforcement in the Community (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 355 Criminal Investigation (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 380 Topics (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 600 Internship (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 670 Independent Study (Law Enforcement) (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 675 Seminar (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)

Certificate in Corrections (Choose 12 Credit Hours)

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.

  • JUS 100 Workshop in CJ (Corrections) (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 341 Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 345 Community Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 375 Criminal Profiling (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 380 Topics (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 600 Internship (Corrections) (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 670 Independent Study (Corrections) (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 675 Seminar (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)
  • PSY 230 Psychology of Human Motives (3 Credit Hours)

Certificate in Law and the Courts (Choose 12 Credit Hours)

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.

  • JUS 100 Workshop in CJ (Law and the Courts) (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 331 Criminal Law (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 335 Civil Liability (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 380 Topics (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 600 Internship (Law and the Courts) (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 670 Independent Study (Law and the Courts) (1-3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 675 Seminar (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 320 Intro to the Law (3 Credit Hours)
  • POLS 425 Legal Research Methods (3 Credit Hours)

Certificate in Justice Networking (Choose 12 Credit Hours)

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.

  • JUS 225 Justice in the Information Age (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 305 Corporate Crime and Deviance (3 Credit Hours)
  • JUS 675 Seminar (Advanced Research Project) (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 250 Introduction to Web Development (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 658 Law of Cyberspace (3 Credit Hours)
  • INT 680 Networking Architecture (3 Credit Hours)
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