If you're looking for a rewarding entry-level job in the justice studies field or are currently working in law enforcement and want to upgrade your skills, consider enrolling in the Justice Studies Crime and Criminology Certificate program at Southern New Hampshire University. This highly specialized certificate program delivers the training you need to jumpstart a career or a promotion in this exciting field.
Unlike traditional criminal justice programs, our interdisciplinary approach goes beyond courses in criminology and law enforcement to offer a more complete look at the American justice system, criminal law, social science and more. This diverse approach to your studies translates into expanded opportunities when you graduate.
As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your crime and criminology certificate at SNHU include:
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2012-2013, "Employment of private detectives and investigators is expected to grow 21% from 2010-20, much faster than the average for all occupations. Increased demand for private detectives and investigators will result from heightened security concerns, increased litigation, and the need to protect confidential information and property of all kinds. The proliferation of criminal activity on the Internet, such as identity theft, spamming, email harassment, and illegal downloading of copyrighted materials, also will increase the demand for private investigators."
Graduates of the Justice Studies certificate programs can go on to complete their AS or BS in Justice Studies. Those who are already in the workforce are better prepared for career advancement in business security, policing and law enforcement, federal service agencies, terrorism prevention, the courts, corrections, dispute resolution, victim advocacy, the military and more.
Through a carefully selected program of study, students have the opportunity to discover a broad scope of the American justice system. Begin with a few foundational courses in criminal justice, then select two more specialized classes that interest you - from forensics to terrorism to white collar crime.
This course covers the nature, scope and impact of crime in the United States, independent and interdependent operations and procedures of police, courts and corrections, and introductory theories of crime and delinquency. The course introduces the justice model in a systematic way whereby students delve into the numerous components of the justice system including law enforcement, legal and judicial process and correctional operations. Career opportunities will be fully covered throughout the course.
This course will examine issues surrounding the central character in a criminal act - the victim. Contents are designed to develop an understanding of what it means to be victimized, including the physical, psychological, and economic impact of crime upon victims, their families, and society in general. Special consideration will be given to specific victim populations (i.e. survivors of homicides, sexual assault, and family violence), secondary victimization by the criminal system, victim assistance programs, and future trends in this field. A full review of how the American justice system has responded to the needs of victims is part of the course content and includes a look at victim testimony at sentencing and parole and probation hearings, victim notification, Meghan's law, victim advisory and protection services, and other means in which the judicial system assures victim participation during the adjudicative phase.
This course offers a broad introduction to the American legal tradition, including the structure and function of the courts, the legal profession, legal education, and the politics of judicial selection. As an introduction to what it means to "think like a lawyer" in the United States, students learn how to write parts of a predictive legal memorandum of the type that first-year law students learn how to write, in which they analyze a legal issue of concern to hypothetical clients by applying the reasoning and conclusions in selected judicial opinions to the facts of the clients' case.
Total Credits: 12
Our Manchester campus aims to keep tuition and related costs low for our students so that you can pursue your degree and your goals. More than 90% of our students receive some form of financial aid, and students who qualify could receive up to $20,000 in grants and scholarships.
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