Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program empowers you to advocate for meaningful change within the criminal justice system. A change that will embrace a collaborative effort between the community and those employed within the criminal justice field.

At UC, you can.

Our program combines courses in policing, corrections and procedure with studies in the social sciences to introduce you to the theory and practice of criminal law and the moral complexity of the criminal justice system. Along with internships and the guidance of our faculty of experienced practitioners, you'll be prepared for careers such as law enforcement, counseling and probation. Many of our graduates advance into graduate study or law school.

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How You’ll Do It

A Balanced Experience

The criminal justice system is rarely simple, so the practitioners must be able to think critically and creatively. We provide the professional education required for you to enter the field, but we also combine it with a curriculum that encourages the capacity for critical thought and analytical reasoning.

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You need to be prepared for all the moral dilemmas and complexities the legal system brings. It's why we employ people who are actively working in the field to develop the curriculum and guide lessons.

Program Options

Associate of Science in Criminal Justice

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The program will introduce you to the theory and practice of the United States criminal justice system. Course emphasis includes: adult and juvenile crime; causation theory; criminal and civil procedure; the police; the courts; and institutional and community-based corrections.

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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

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The Criminal Justice program will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to advance in your current career, seek a new career path or pursue a particular interest in areas such as law enforcement, criminal rehabilitation and community policing.

The program introduces you to the theory and practice of the United States criminal justice system. Course emphasis includes: adult and juvenile crime; causation theory; criminal and civil procedure; the police; the courts; and institutional and community-based corrections.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Community Policing

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Our program provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to forging strong and mutually beneficial relationships between public safety organizations and the communities they serve.

The program is designed for those who are employed or seeking employment in the fields of policing or private security and are interested in earning a credential that focuses on your dedication to service and community.

You can complete this program as a standalone certificate or embedded as part of any of the undergraduate programs offered at the School of Continuing Studies at no additional cost.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Corrections Agency Administration

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This program provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to issues related to the financial and personnel management within a public or private organization.

Our program is designed for those who are employed or seeking employment in the fields of policing or private security and are interested in earning a credential that focuses on the internal management and operation of an organization. You'll be equipped with the foundational tools to become a future leader able to navigate political, private, and public sector dynamics. You'll develop skills related to effective intra-organization communication and learn how to identify and utilize best practices in developing strong community relationships related to community-based corrections. Tying into all of that, you'll also learn to apply effective personnel and fiscal management practices and raise capital by learning grant writing skills.

You can complete this program as a standalone certificate or embedded as part of any of the undergraduate programs offered at the School of Continuing Studies at no additional cost.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Homeland Security

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Our program provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to issues related to the prevention, detection, and response to disasters, both manmade and natural.

The program is designed for those who are employed or seeking employment in the fields of policing or private security and are interested in earning a credential that focuses on the safety and security of a free society.

You can complete this program as a standalone certificate or embedded as part of any of the undergraduate programs offered at the School of Continuing Studies at no additional cost.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Police Agency Administration

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Our program provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to issues related to the financial and personnel management within a public or private organization.

This program is designed for those who are employed or seeking employment in the fields of policing or private security and are interested in earning a credential that focuses on the internal management and operation of an organization. It is designed to equip future leaders with the foundational tools needed to navigate political, private, and public sector dynamics.

You can complete this program as a standalone certificate or embedded as part of any of the undergraduate programs offered at the School of Continuing Studies at no additional cost.

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Undergraduate Certificate in Public Safety

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Our program provides you with the knowledge and skills relevant to issues related to the public safety issues that affect both public and private entities.

This program is designed for those who are employed or seeking employment in the fields of policing or private security and are interested in earning a credential that focuses on the fundamental components of preventing, detecting, and responding to crime and threats to public safety.

You can complete this program as a standalone certificate or embedded as part of any of the undergraduate programs offered at the School of Continuing Studies at no additional cost.

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