Mar 28, 2023  
2022-2023 Catalog 
2022-2023 Catalog

Planner for 2 Semester Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice (certificate)

Official Title of Certificate: Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice, Certificate

Award: Certificate


Total Credit Hours: 18

About the Homeland Security and Criminal Justice Institute

Purpose: For students who are either preparing for or are currently employed in the field of criminal justice. The required courses are appropriate for all students of criminal justice. Elective courses allow students to specialize in a particular area of criminal justice, depending on their interests and career goals. The fields of specialization include police administration or law enforcement and corrections or juvenile services. Students may pursue the certificate option on a full- or part-time basis in either a day or evening schedule.

Range of Occupations

  • Police officer, agent or cadet
  • Police technician or laboratory assistant
  • Prison, jail or detention facility officer
  • Private security officer or private investigator
  • Probation officer or juvenile services officer
  • Sheriff’s deputy or investigator

Faculty Contact ( Darian Senn-Carter

Courses to improve skills and prepare for college-level classes may be needed. It is best to see an advisor as you plan your education.

All students must demonstrate eligibility for ENG 101 /ENG 101A . Refer to Academic Regulations on Graduation Requirements , “Certificate Requirements” for more information.

Course/Advising Notes: ________________________________________________________________________

Term 1

Course Name Credits Term Taken Grade
CJS 111 - Introduction to Criminal Justice   3 credit hours     
HLS 111 - Introduction to Homeland Security  OR
CJS 260 - Terrorism/Counterterrorism  
3 credit hours    
LGS 215 - Criminal Law   3 credit hours     

Term 2

Course Name Credits Term Taken Grade
CJS 113 - Penology   3 credit hours     
CJS/HLS elective* 3 credit hours    
CJS, HLS or social science elective*
*Recommended electives:
CJS 250 - Introduction to Forensic Science  
CJS 231 - Juvenile Justice  
CJS 232 - Juvenile Law  
CJS 206 - Cybercrime  
CJS 136 - History of Homicide  
CJS 233 - Forensic Psychology and Victimology  
CJS 137 - Clinical Forensics  
CJS 203 - Principles of Campus Security  
PSY 111 - Introduction to Psychology  
Social science elective must be chosen from PSY 111, SOC 111, SOC 132, or SOC 224
3 credit hours