The Criminal Justice certificate, which is administered through the Department of Sociology, introduces students to the institutions involved in society's handling of crime. It is also designed to heighten awareness of the theoretical and philosophical issues involved in defining, explaining, and deterring crime; and to introduce students to some of the social-science research on the nature and extent of crime. In addition, the certificate provides students with the appropriate entry-level qualifications for many professional positions in criminal justice fields.
Students wishing to earn a certificate in Criminal Justice must complete three core courses, one law elective, and one general course elective from the list below for a minimum of 16 credit hours. At least 7 hours must be at the 300-400 level.