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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.

Please note, these certificates can not be earned as standalone programs and many of the courses have prerequisites.  Rather, they are designed to supplement students currently enrolled at FHSU completing their undergraduate degrees.  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.

  • CRJ 331 Criminal Procedure (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 380 Topics: Victim Advocacy (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 385 Victimology (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 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.

  • CRJ 315 Private Security (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 220 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 325 Law Enforcement in the Community (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 355 Criminal Investigations (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 380 Topics (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 600 Internship (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 670 Independent Study (Law Enforcement) (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.

  • CRJ 241 Introduction to Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 345 Community Corrections (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 375 Serial Predators (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 380 Topics (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 600 Internship (Corrections) (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 670 Independent Study (Corrections) (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 Criminal Justice, 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.

  • CRJ 331 Criminal Law and Procedure (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 335 Civil Liability (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 380 Topics (variable content, with approval) (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 600 Internship (Law and the Courts) (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 670 Independent Study (Law and the Courts) (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 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 Criminal Justice 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.

  • CRJ 225 Justice in the Information Age (3 Credit Hours)
  • CRJ 305 Corporate Crime and Deviance (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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