Criminal Justice Certificate

Program Description

The certificate program is basically designed for persons presently employed in the criminal justice system. Many people now working in that field received no formal training for their job, and this certificate program is designed to provide them with the basic skills necessary to perform their jobs.

Those interested in a four-year bachelor’s degree should enroll in the Associate in Science degree program and complete suggested coursework in Criminal Justice in the Transfer Programs section of this catalog.

Gainful Employment

Gainful employment is one important measure that students and parents should pay attention to as they examine colleges and programs. All non-degree programs must be designed to lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation in order to be deemed eligible for federal student aid. These programs are generally less than 2 years in length and result in a certificate.

Criminal Justice Certificate

Suggested Courses

Course (Credit Hours):

First Semester

COMM 100 Communication Skills (3)
CRJU 104 Police Administration (3)
CRJU 109 Police Community Relations (3)
CRJU 151 Criminal Justice System (3)
SPEC 114 Interpersonal Communications (3)

Second Semester

CRJU 245 Applied Forensics (3)
CRJU 254 Criminal Investigation (3)
CRJU 255 Criminal Law (3)
CRJU 257 Police Ethics (3)
1CRJU Electives or CRJU 295 (3)


1CRJU 295 classes may be taken whenever a special CRJU topics course is offered.
CRJU 109 is a pre-req for CRJU 257

Minimum total hours required for degree: 30