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Take a closer look at the challenges and complexities of the American criminal justice system. Our fully online certificate equips you with the knowledge and expertise to advance your career. Designed for students and working professionals, our flexible program lets you study what interests you. Enroll in specialized courses that examine criminal causality, criminal law, police management, policy, correctional settings and national security. Earning a graduate certificate from A&M-Commerce opens doors to jobs in law enforcement, criminology and more.
Criminal Justice Studies Graduate Certificate:: Feature Courses
This course is an advanced approach to policing and law enforcement. The focus of the class will be on the operations and functioning of policing and law enforcement departments at the local, state and federal levels. The course will examine related areas such as personnel, practices, procedures and issues in policing and law enforcement. This course will investigate additional areas such as use of technology in policing, police subculture and community policing.
This course examines crime and delinquency in America from several theoretical perspectives. The course provides an in-depth investigation into major criminological theories that explain the causation, occurrence and development of criminal behavior. A wide spectrum of criminological theories is introduced, applied and critiqued in this course.
The course will focus on critical thinking related to issues concerning principles of criminal law and court procedures as well as selected practices particularly relevant to the United States. Issues will include: justice for all, freedom and privacy of the individual, cruel and unusual punishment, use of deadly force in law enforcement, trial by jury, election of judges and morality and the law.
A study of popular issues in community-based and institutional corrections with emphasis on organizational goal setting and achievement, program evaluation, client supervision, agency administration, and problem-solving. An analysis of current research and its applicability to the criminal justice system and society will be performed.