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Certificate of Study in Criminal Justice

The Certificate of Study in Criminal Justice program emphasizes public administration, management and public safety. The certificate program is designed to prepare students academically with professional skills to seek employment or advancement in public service, governmental and nongovernmental management and public safety, including law enforcement and the criminal justice system at the federal, state, regional and local levels.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Certificate of Study in Criminal Justice program is to educate students about institutions, systems and practices related to public safety, as well their historical context and current issues; law enforcement and the criminal justice system with an emphasis on rural issues; develop intellectual curiosity, analytical skills and academic scholarship; provide opportunities for community service, service learning projects and field experience; and to prepare students for professional employment opportunities in the field.


Program Description/Goals

The Certificate of Study in Criminal Justice provides a liberal arts/public management background for students interested in orienting a career in public service and public safety administration. The certificate is interdisciplinary and has as its core 27 credit hours of coursework devoted to identifying, investigating, and understanding public safety issues. This certificate can be completed through the on-line, ITV, classroom formats or a combination thereof. The certificate can also be earned completely on-line.


Certificate Requirements

Fall Semester - 1st Year

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 100 Criminology 3 credits
  Elective from below** 3 credits
Total: 6 credits

Spring Semester - 1st Year

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Law 3 credits
CRJ 215 Principals of Investigation 3 credits
Total: 6 credits

Fall Semester - 2nd Year

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 105 Criminal Justice 3 credits
  Elective from below** 3 credits
Total: 6 credits

Spring Semester - 2nd Year

CRN Course Name Credits
CRJ 108 Constitutional Law 3 credits
CRJ 260 Police Procedures 3 credits
  Elective from below** 3 credits
Total: 9 credits

** Select from: CRJ 209, CRJ 212, CRJ 217, PSA 218, PSA 260, PSA 310

The Certificate of Study in Criminal Justice is awarded upon:

  • Completion of a minimum of 27 credit hours
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0
  • Completion of the Certificate of Study in Criminal Justice program requirements
  • Completion of a minimum of 15 UMFK credits

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. analyze, synthesize and generate knowledge in their chosen field of study (analysis)
  2. analyze a fact situation and determine options and solutions (analysis)
  3. reason critically and make informed decisions (analysis)
  4. conduct independent research (synthesis)
  5. absorb new bodies of knowledge and understand the relationship and impact of the new body of knowledge on existing knowledge (synthesis)
  6. be effective communicators using multiple mediums (oral, written, electronic) individually and collectively (articulation)
  7. make things happen (actualization)
  8. set realistic goals and achieve those goals (actualization)
  9. move ideas and concepts from the theoretical to a viable application in public safety (actualization)
  10. Public service abilities in the following areas:
    • Financial
    • Ethical
    • Public Safety
    • Policy
    • Leadership
    • Management