Criminal Justice Professional Certificate Program with Externship

Program Duration: 6 Months

Course Contact Hours: 375

Student Tuition: $3,999

Program Description:

The American criminal justice system is one of the most unique and robust legal frameworks in the world. Facing a host of issues from overwhelming corrections populations to evolving search and seizure methods within the confines of the Fourth Amendment, professionals working in the Criminal Justice system require a comprehensive understanding of the various issues facing all of the players in the legal system on the criminal side as well as the societal and utilitarian principles affected by these decisions every day. Beyond that, the amount of technology changes for law enforcement and other security and investigative agencies requires a broad understanding of the criminal justice system overall. This program offers a comprehensive look at the American criminal justice system, particularly from the legal side.

Program Objectives:

At the conclusion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Define key terms related to the justice system and examine the justice system

  • Analyze concepts related to criminal law and compare and contrast theories of crime

  • Evaluate the impact history has had on the American justice system

  • Examine issues and emerging trends in criminal justice

  • Define terms, purpose and function of criminal law

  • Assess legal issues as presented in court cases and key concepts of criminal law

  • Define key concepts related to ethics

  • Explain the impact of ethical decisions

  • Explain the relationship between values, morals, ethics, and critical thinking

  • Compare and contrast philosophies related to ethics

  • Analyze the process of making ethical decisions

  • Examine ethics in the criminal justice system

  • Evaluate methods used to address ethical misconduct in society

  • Use Microsoft Office

National Certification:

Upon successful completion of this Columbia Southern University program, students would be
eligible to sit for the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) exam. Although there are no state approval, state registration or other state requirements for this program, students who complete this program at Columbia Southern University will be prepared and are eligible to sit for this national certification exam. Students who complete this program are encouraged to complete the externship option with their program. Students who complete this program can and do sit for the MOS national certification exams and are qualified, eligible and prepared to do so. Columbia Southern University works with each student to complete the exam application and register the student to take their national certification exam.

Externship / Hands on Training / Practicum:

Although not a requirement, once students complete the program, they have the ability to participate in an externship and/or hands on practicum so as to practice the skills necessary to perform the job requirements of a professional in this field. Students will be assisted with completing a resume and/or other requirements necessary to work in this field. All students who complete this program are eligible to participate in an externship and will be placed with a participating organization near their location. Columbia Southern University works with national organizations and has the ability to place students in externship opportunities nationwide.

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