Online Certificates in Criminology & Criminal Justice

Online Certificate Overview

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CCJ Online offers three fully online undergraduate certificates designed for those interested in career change or advancement. With flexible online scheduling, the CCJ certificate programs afford current and aspiring criminal justice professionals the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skill in key substantive areas:

  • Advanced Crime Analysis
  • Criminal Behavior
  • Leadership in Criminal Justice

CCJ Online certificates are awarded by PSU’s College of Urban & Public Affairs, an affiliation signaling a high-quality, career-relevant education.

 


Advanced Crime Analysis Certificate

Crime analysis is a central feature of modern criminal justice agencies. Crime analysts use technology and research to identify and analyze information, data, trends, and patterns involved with crime and criminal behavior. Crime analysts use research, crime reports, crime mapping, statistics, arrest reports, police calls, geographic data, and other resources to identify patterns and help develop solutions.

The Advanced Crime Analysis Certificate represents a focused study of crime mapping and analysis tools that are valued across of range of crime and justice agency settings. This online certificate program is designed for working or aspiring criminal justice professionals who are seeking ways to help advance their career by gaining sought-after skills. This online certificate program give students hands-on experience coding, analyzing, interpreting, and presenting crime data and reports, as well as extracting relevant data from multiple sources including police homicide reports, FBI databases, corrections records, and survey data.

Students learn to utilize data, perform research, and create detailed crime mapping reports that can aid investigations, improve operations, and help prevent crime. They also gain valuable insight into the social and economic factors that influence crime location, along with value of using rigorous research methods to understand crime problems. Working with mapping software actually used in the field, students will gain the technical and analytical skills needed to successfully use various crime mapping software applications.

Advanced Crime Analysis Certificate Curriculum (24 credit hours)

Students complete all 6 courses (24 credits).

  • CCJ 330 Crime Control Strategies
  • CCJ 340 Crime Analysis
  • CCJ 380 Criminal Justice Research
  • CCJ 410 Geographic Criminology
  • CCJ 410 Applied Crime Mapping
  • CCJ 435 Crime, Grime, & Fear

Up to 4 transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution may be applied to towards the course requirements of the Advanced Crime Analysis Certificate. Transfer courses must have been taken for a letter grade, and the grade received must have been a “C” (2.0) or better. Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling program requirements. For Oregon community colleges, CCJ has pre-approved a set of criminology or criminal justice courses that automatically substitute for specific Criminology & Criminal Justice online program courses. Find the list of pre‐approved substitution courses from your Oregon community college.

This CCJ online certificate is issued by PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, representing successful completion of the curriculum through CCJ Online.

Criminal Behavior Certificate

The online Criminal Behavior Certificate Program represents an engaging series of courses exploring the complex nature of crime and the factors that contribute to criminal behavior among different groups. This online certificate program introduces students to different perspectives on the pathways and motivations that lead to crime, as well as the latest research on effective offender rehabilitation.

The online Criminal Behavior Certificate program focuses on the major theories that explain what causes crime, including the social, psychological, and economic factors related to individual criminality and to the places where crime happens. In addition, the certificate focuses on various criminal behavior within specific groups. Women and crime is explored, focusing on women involved in crime as criminals, victims, and as professionals in the criminal justice system. Special topics include female gang members, mothers behind bars, domestic violence, pregnancy and drug use. The origin and offending patterns among adolescents is another central focus. This includes the treatment and management of juvenile offenders, as well as delinquency theories, substance use, and school violence.

Focusing on crimes committed by traditionally respectable people with high social status, the history and current state of white collar crime is explored. Students will explore how the causes and consequences of “crimes of the powerful” (such as finance crimes, abuses of power, fraud and economic exploitation) compare to the violent and property crimes more typically processed through the criminal justice system.

Taken together, the online Criminal Behavior Certificate provide students with an understanding of how factors like community, culture, poverty, race, history, family, personality, mental illness, psychopathy, and biological factors contribute to the complexities of criminal behavior. This foundation helps equip students with the knowledge needed to support the development of crime control and prevention policy and practice innovations.

Criminal Behavior Certificate Curriculum

Students complete all 6 courses (24 credits).

  • CCJ 320 Theories of Crime and Justice
  • CCJ 370 Women, Crime, and Justice
  • CCJ 410 Juvenile Offenders
  • CCJ 410 Crimes of the Powerful
  • CCJ 410 Offender Rehabilitation
  • CCJ 410 Correlates of Criminal Behavior

Up to 4 transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution may be applied to towards the course requirements of the Criminal Behavior Certificate. Transfer courses must have been taken for a letter grade, and the grade received must have been a “C” (2.0) or better. Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling program requirements. For Oregon community colleges, CCJ has pre-approved a set of criminology or criminal justice courses that automatically substitute for specific Criminology & Criminal Justice online program courses. Find the list of pre‐approved substitution courses from your Oregon community college.

This CCJ online certificate is issued by PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, representing successful completion of the curriculum through CCJ Online.

Leadership in Criminal Justice Certificate

The online Leadership in Criminal Justice Certificate program provides students with the knowledge needed to help establish and build leadership skills for a challenging criminal justice environment.

The hallmark of a good leader is the ability to effectively utilize information to make sound decisions. Within the Leadership in Criminal Justice Certificate program, students develop the insights and skills needed to use research evidence to assess ideas, programs, policies and practices. Using specific criminal justice settings as illustrations, students will learn valuable, career-relevant skills related to evaluating complex options to arrive at the most cost-effective solutions. Students will also gain an understanding of the varying definitions of crime and the surprisingly dramatic impact of decisions about how to measure it.

The certificate program focuses in on punishment and corrections policy issues including mandatory sentencing laws, offender treatment programs, community corrections, and more. Its law enforcement focus highlights leadership issues in police-citizen interaction, officer deployment, community and problem-oriented policing, official reporting by crime victims and witnesses, police use of force, and a host of other issues.

Students will examine relevant legal issues and are introduced to methods of legal and social science research, which provide critical sources of information for criminal justice managers and decision makers. With a background in criminology and criminal justice established, the program narrows its focus onto specific issues of leadership and ethics within criminal justice settings, including specific criminal justice management and policy issues.

Leadership in Criminal Justice Certificate Curriculum (24 credit hours)

Students complete all 7 courses (24 credits).

  • CCJ 300 Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • CCJ 301 Policing in America
  • CCJ 303 Punishment and Corrections
  • CCJ 310 American Courts
  • CCJ 420 Criminal Law and Reasoning
  • CCJ 399 Leadership in Criminal Justice Seminar (2 Credits)
  • CCJ 399 Criminal Justice Ethics Seminar (2 Credits)

Up to 4 transfer credits from a regionally accredited institution may be applied to towards the course requirements of the Leadership in Criminal Justice Certificate. Transfer courses must have been taken for a letter grade, and the grade received must have been a “C” (2.0) or better. Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) will not be accepted toward fulfilling program requirements. For Oregon community colleges, CCJ has pre-approved a set of criminology or criminal justice courses that automatically substitute for specific Criminology & Criminal Justice online program courses. Find the list of pre‐approved substitution courses from your Oregon community college.

This CCJ online certificate is issued by PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs, representing successful completion of the curriculum through CCJ Online.

Course Calendar and Descriptions

Since they are only open to admitted CCJ Online students, courses in CCJ’s online programs cannot be found in PSU’s Schedule of Classes. Registration for CCJ Online courses takes places through a separate, customized process. Schedules and registration information is provided directly to CCJ’s online students each term, along with individual advising to assist each student in registering for the mix of courses that best suits their interests while satisfying their program requirements. CCJ Online makes space for each of its students to register for any course offered by their online program. This means that online program students don’t have to worry about losing the opportunity to register for a CCJO course because it’s already full.

Visit CCJ Online course page for course descriptions and CCJ Online course calendar.

Getting Started and Getting Help

CCJ Online students are provided consistent support and specialized advising to assist them with completing their fully online program. Students are proactively assisted in each phase of the program with a wide variety of matters, including course planning, registration, connecting with academic resources, understanding and navigating university processes, and preparing for graduation.

Incoming and new students are provided exceptional advising and support by CCJ Online's Enrollment Advisor Chelsey Huff.  Chelsey works with prospective students exploring the CCJ Online program options, incoming CCJ Online students who have started the PSU application process, and new CCJ Online students getting ready for their first term.  Chelsey can answer a wide variety of questions about admissions requirements, transfer credits, financial aid, CCJ course content, career opportunities,  PSU resources, and more.  Chelsey can be reached at 503-725-9296 or CCJO@pdx.edu.   

For established students, CCJ Online's Academic Advisor is Angela Barrett, CCJ’s resident expert on successfully guiding online students through PSU and CCJ’s fully online programs. Angela is a former PSU student herself and has been working with CCJ’s online students for a decade. Angela can be reached at abarrett@pdx.edu and (503) 725-5131.

General advising information and university contacts are posted in the CCJ Online Advising Center.

 

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