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Criminal Justice Certificate

The Program (HEGIS Code 5505)

The purpose of this program is to provide the student with the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed to become an effective law enforcement officer. All course work may be applied toward the associate’s degree requirements at a later date. Students can complete the program in one year of full time study or on a part time basis over an extended period of time.

The field of criminal justice is widely varied, containing many diverse job descriptions and opportunities. Many skills will be obtained in this course of study which are applicable to both transfer students and those seeking employment immediately upon graduation.

Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from the Criminal Justice program with a certificate will be able to:

  • Prepare written material in a criminal justice setting; read, understand and interpret written information;
  • Apply written information in the form of laws, policies, procedures, directives, etc., to situations that are similar to experiences faced in the criminal justice system;
  • Communicate effectively; and
  • Understand the organizational structure of criminal justice agencies.

Assessment of competence in these areas will be measured through the use of examination questions.

Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities involve such areas as law enforcement, corrections, and related areas within criminal justice. A number of related careers are open to graduates who are interested in the growing fields of security, anti-terrorism, and investigations.

Certificate Requirements (Effective Fall 2014) Credit Hours
Required Courses (9 Credit Hours)
SOC 144: Introduction to Sociology 3
SOC 245: Criminology or SOC 246: Juvenile Delinquency 3
ENG 100: College Composition or ENG 101: Research and Composition 3
Criminal Justice Electives 21


For More Information

Paul Alteri, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Edward Smalls, Instructor of Criminal Justice

Application and Admissions Information
Enrollment Services
315-786-2437 or Toll Free 1-888-435-6522