Criminal Justice Certificate

The 12-credit certificate in criminal justice is designed to familiarize students with
the organization and operation of the major branches of the criminal justice system,
their mandate, and related materials about the nature and causes of crime. Students
are introduced to some of the basic legal aspects of administrating justice, the
organization and management of justice services, as well as some of the more
behavioral dimensions of how the judges and other key partners in the justice system
carry out their respective roles.
 
The certificate is a well-suited supplement for majors
in political science, human services, history, mass communications, psychology,
sociology, as well as pre-law majors who enjoy discussing crime and debating how it
is best controlled.
 
The program requires no prerequisite and is complementary to most majors.
The program is appropriate for persons with or without degrees who would benefit
from increased knowledge of the criminal justice system.
 
Estimated Tuition Cost: $9,564.00
Estimated Cost of Books: $280.00
Employment Opportunities:  

Students who complete the Criminal Justice Certificate will have an advantage over those who lack a background in criminal justice and who are applying for entry level positions in certain local police departments, private security firms, and correctional agencies.   Where the Criminal Justice Certificate is part of a BA degree with a major other than criminal justice, students holding that certificate will be eligible for lower level positions in various law enforcement agencies and private security firms where the minimum requirement is a BA degree.

ONET Code. 33-3501.01
 
Program Requirements: 12 credits
CRI 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRI 321 Courts and the Criminal Justice System
CRI 350 Corrections
One of the following
CRI 225 Crime in South Florida
CRI 303 Introduction to Industrial Security
CRI 312 Victimology
CRI 319 Crime & Delinquency
CRI 460 Police in the Changing Community
CRI 498 Field Internship