Online Undergraduate Certificate Programs
in Criminal Justice
This certificate program requires students to complete 12 semester credit hours, or four courses, in criminal justice. You can choose to specialize in one of these areas:
- Correctional Systems Studies
- Criminal Justice Law
- Law Enforcement Studies
- Police Administration
Students must maintain an overall 2.0 grade point average and obtain a grade of at least a “C” in each required class. All course work for certificates must be taken in-residence; transfer credits from other institutions will not apply toward certificate programs.
Certificate in Correctional Systems Studies
Choose four courses from the following:
Course Number Course Title Hours CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3 CRIJ 3303 Theory and Practice in the Juvenile Justice System 3 CRIJ 3312 Criminal Justice Administration 3 CRIJ 4310 Community Corrections 3 CRIJ 4330 Seminar on Correctional Problems 3 Certificate in Criminal Justice Law
Course Number Course Title Hours CRIJ 2323 Criminal Investigation 3 CRIJ 3310 Theory and Practice in the Juvenile Justice System 3 CRIJ 3340 Criminal Justice Administration 3 CRIJ 4345 Community Corrections 3 Certificate in Law Enforcement Studies
Choose four from the following:
Course Number Course Title Hours CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation or CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3 CRIJ 3303 Theory and Practice in the Juvenile Justice System 3 CRIJ 3312 Criminal Justice Administration 3 CRIJ 4350 Seminar on Police Problems 3 CRIJ 4360 Police Personnel Management 3 Certificate in Police Administration
Choose four from the following:
Course Number Course Title Hours CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3 CRIJ 3312 Criminal Justice Administration 3 CRIJ 4341 International Police Development 3 CRIJ 4354 Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice 3 CRIJ 4360 Police Personnel Management 3
- CRIJ 4354 Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice Agencies (3-0). The study of theories and practices in areas of legality, morality, values, and ethics as they pertain to criminal justice. Included will be such topics as police corruption, brutality, and methods of dealing with such practices, as well as the concept of profession and professional conduct. This course isfor Criminal Justice majors and minors only. (Credit may not earned for this course and Border Security 4354.)
Prerequisite: Senior standing
- CRIJ 4341 International Police Development (3-0). In this course, the student studies the historical development of police in countries outside of the U.S.Particularly, the emphasis will be on police development instituted by occupying and/or intervention forces assigned to a country for the purposes of establishing post conflict peacekeeping and stability operations. Analysis of ongoing efforts to introduce Americanized concepts of effective policing in foreign countries concludes this study. (Credit may not earned for this
course and Border Security 4341.)
- CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices (3-0). Topics for the course include instruction on the police profession, organization of law enforcement systems: The police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 1301
- CRIJ 4360 Police Personnel Management (3-0). An examination of the present dimensions and future trends of police personnel management with special emphasis on employee development programs, performance appraisal, discipline, and labor relations, including collective bargaining and police unions.
CRIJ 4350 Seminar on Police Problems (3-0). An examination of the most important obstacles encountered by American law enforcement with emphasis upon professional shortcomings. Relies heavily upon guided independent student problem identification, research, analysis, and the formulation of recommendations. Requires completion of the law enforcement transfer curriculum and senior standing.
Prerequisite: Criminal Justice 2328.
- CRIJ 3310 Criminal Justice Process (3-0). An in-depth examination of the various components of the criminal justice system as a process. Topics include legislation and crime, the police, constitutional limits on investigation and apprehension, the role of prosecuting and defense attorneys, bail and preventive detention, processes relating to the guilty plea, and the function of the criminal trial and the correctional process. Requires junior standing and the completion of the law enforcement transfer curriculum.
- CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement (3-0). Topics for the course include instruction on police authority, responsibilities, constitutional restraints: Law of Arrest; Search and Seizure; Police Liability.
- CRIJ 4330 Seminar on Correctional Problems (3-0). Examination of the most important obstacles faced by corrections in America. Emphasis on professional shortcomings, system deficiencies, and public inadequacies.
- CRIJ 4310 Community Corrections (3-0). Focuses on the analysis and evaluation of programs and processes in community settings such as diversion,probation, parole, and other community-reintegration procedures. Programs are discussed in terms of definition, history, purpose, possibilities, administration and process, problems, cost, and effectiveness.
CRIJ 3312 Criminal Justice Administration (3-0). This course surveys the managerial and organizational philosophies and principles available to criminal justice administrators. It explores the strengths and weaknesses of various practices used to organize and manage personnel, define operational procedures, and determine essential functions within policing, judicial, and corrections agencies. (Credit may not be earned for this course and Border Security 3312.)
CRIJ 3303 Theory and Practice in the Juvenile Justice System (3-0). An intensive examination of the juvenile system, including juvenile law, the varied roles of juvenile courts, the police and correctional agencies, and an analysis of contemporary American juvenile justice philosophy and practice.
- CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation (3-0). Topics for the course include instruction on investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation.