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This 12 credit certificate provides education focused on the understanding of both our justice system and national government. After successfully completing the CLJ Certificate, students can also choose specialization options in Spanish Language (8 credits) and/or Addictions Prevention and Counseling (6 credits).

Core Courses (9 credits)

CRIM 012 (GS) Criminology (3 credits)

Explanations and measurement of crime; criminal law; characteristics of criminals and victims; violent property, white-collar, organized, and sexual crimes.

CRIM 100 (CRIMJ 100) Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credits)

Overview of the criminal justice system, including legal foundations, processing and correction of offenders, extent and types of crime, victims.

CRIMJ 013 (GS) (SOC 013) Juvenile Delinquency (3 credits)

Juvenile conduct, causes of delinquency, current methods of treatment; organization and function of agencies concerned with delinquency.

Electives (select one)

PSYCH 100 (GS) Psychology (3 credits)

Introduction to general psychology; principles of human behavior and their applications.

PL SC 001 (GS) Introduction to American National Government (3 credits)

Introduction to development and nature of American political culture, constitutional/structural arrangements, electoral/ policy processes; sources of conflict and consensus.

Specialization Options

Spanish Language (8 credits)

SPAN 001 Elementary Spanish I (4 credits)

Audiolingual approach to basic Spanish; writing. Students who have received high school credit for two or more years of Spanish may not schedule this course for credit, without the permission of the department.

SPAN 002 Elementary Spanish II (4 credits)

Audiolingual approach to basic Spanish continued; writing. Students who have received high school credit for four years of Spanish may not schedule this course for credit, without the permission of the department. Prerequisite: SPAN 001

Addictions Prevention and Counseling (6 credits)

CN ED 401 Foundations of Chemical Dependency Counseling (3 credits)

An overview of diagnosis and assessment, models for chemical dependency prevention, counseling, and recovery; contexts of chemical dependency treatment. Prerequisite: 3 credits in general psychology

CN ED 421 Counseling Strategies for Preventing Chemical Dependency (3 credits)

Examines helping professional's role in primary and secondary prevention of substance abuse, and related problems like delinquency, suicide, and pregnancy. Prerequisite: CN ED 401

*Students are required to complete any prerequisites as stated in the course description published in the Baccalaureate or Associate Degree Programs Bulletin.

Flexible, convenient opportunity for self-enhancement...

Certificate programs are a sequence of credit classes that provide you with core competencies in a specific area. Certificates are ideal if you want to set smaller, more immediate educational goals and work up to meeting larger ones. A certificate program can be the gateway to a college degree.

Certificate programs offer advantages if you already have a degree. You can gain knowledge in a new subject area, stay current with developments in your field, acquire new skills, or learn the latest technology.

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