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Criminal Justice Certificate

The Criminal Justice certificate provides students with a basic introduction to the criminal justice system. The certificate can supplement/support a career or degree in criminal justice or be obtained in preparation for entry-level positions in criminal justice-related fields such as court clerks, paralegals (in addition to their paralegal training), and administrative assistants for law firms, police departments, and more. Students with a degree or career in an unrelated field can also obtain the certificate in order to broaden their field of expertise. For those undecided on their future career path, the certificate provides an overview of the criminal justice system and can help the student determine whether they want to begin their career right away or continue on to earn an Associate in Applied Science degree or a Bachelor’s degree in a specialized field at another institution.

Career Opportunities

Successful graduates can find job opportunities in the following occupational areas:

    • Police Departments
    • Sheriff’s Offices
    • Corrections
    • Highway Patrols
    • Private Investigation Services
    • Industrial Security
    • Loss Prevention

Upon successful completion of the Criminal Justice certificate curriculum with a grade point average of 2.00 (C) or higher, the student is awarded a Certificate


Tuition is based on the number of credit hours and legal residence and is subject to change or modification. To see the current cost per semester hour click here.

Required Courses

CRJ-100 Intro to Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
CRJ-107 Survey of Criminal Justice Agencies 3 s.h.
CRJ-111 Police and Society 3 s.h.
CRJ-120 Introduction to Corrections 3 s.h.
CRJ-130 Criminal Law 3 s.h.
CRJ-295 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3 s.h.
Total Program Hours 18 s.h.