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Justice Academic Certificate

The Justice academic certificate program provides the education, knowledge and skills needed to fight crime, protect the public and work within the court and corrections systems. A sequence of courses is offered to accomplish the following objectives: (1) establish a knowledge base about Justice, (2) transmit a set of professional values and (3) facilitate the development of skills related to professional activity. Whether the setting is a police, parole, probation, corrections, corporate or homeland security agency, the program starts with the assumption that the need for knowledge, values and skills is critical for the performance of professional activity.

An anticipated outcome is that persons already working in a justice setting will substantially enhance their knowledge, values and skills. Another anticipated outcome of the Justice academic certificate program is that students will be prepared to continue working towards their A.A.S. degree in Justice, or enter a justice setting at a beginning professional level.

Students completing the Justice academic certificate program will be prepared to work as state or municipal police officers/troopers, state or municipal corrections officers, private security managers, private investigators and homeland security investigators/screeners.

In addition to three core Justice courses, (JUS 101, JUS 171, JUS 241), students are also required to select three concentration courses. Each concentration is career oriented, focuses on a different area in the Justice field and is designed to enable students to pursue their own professional interests. It is recommended that students select their concentration area and the courses within it in consultation with a Justice faculty advisor. The Police concentration is designed for students interested in the law enforcement profession. It provides them with the skills and knowledge needed to respond to and protect a crime scene, retrieve and analyze evidence, and maintain and protect the chain of evidence throughout the entire prosecution process. The Corrections concentration provides students with a strong foundation in the correctional process. It provides them with the knowledge to to safely and successfully work within the American correctional system from the moment a defendant is convicted through his/her incarceration period and subsequent reintegration into society. The Parole/Probation concentration provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to manage cases from a defendant's conviction to his/her completion of probation or parole. Finally, the Corporate/Homeland Security concentration provides students with a broad foundation in key aspects of the corporate environment such as asset protection, homeland security and the investigation of corporate crimes.

Student Learning Outcomes:
Upon completion of this program graduates will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of basic concepts and principles of criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate the skills and knowledge necessary for employment in entry level criminal justice positions such as police officer, corrections officer or private security manager.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the values of the criminal justice profession.

Program Entry Requirements:
New students are required to complete the College's placement test prior to their enrollment. Students identified as needing developmental work must satisfactorily complete the appropriate developmental English and mathematics courses as part of the academic certificate program.

Program of Study and Graduation Requirements:
Graduation from the academic certificate program is based upon the successful completion of the required 30 credits of course work with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average).

Justice Academic Certificate Course Sequence

Course Number and Name Prerequisites and Corequisites Credits  

First Semester

JUS 101 - Survey of Justice   3  
JUS 171 - Juvenile Justice   3  
ENGL 101 - English Composition I   3  
CIS 103 - Applied Computer Technology   3  
MATH 118 - Intermediate Algebra (or higher)   3  

Second Semester

ENGL 102 - The Research Paper ENGL 101 with a grade of "C" or better 3  
JUS 241 - Criminal Law JUS 101 or PLS 101 3  
Concentration course - select one from the list below JUS 101 3  
Concentration course - select one from the list below JUS 101 3  
Concentration course - select one from the list below JUS 101 3  

Concentration course - Selection of courses from one of the following designated "clusters" should be guided by the choice of career goal, as shown. All concentration courses except BHHS 121 have JUS 101 as a prerequisite.

Police:
JUS 121 - Legal Issues in Justice and Human Services
JUS 151 - Police Operations
JUS 181 - Community Relations
JUS 201 - Introduction to Terrorism
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation
JUS 251 - Comparative Police Systems
JUS 261 - Criminal Evidence and Procedure
JUS 281 - Organized Crime

Corrections:
JUS 121 - Legal Issues in Justice and Human Services
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation
JUS 235 - American Correctional Institutions
JUS 237 - Community-Based Corrections
JUS 281 - Organized Crime
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies

Parole/Probation:
JUS 121 - Legal Issues in Justice and Human Services
JUS 181 - Community Relations
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation
JUS 237 - Community-Based Corrections
JUS 281 - Organized Crime
BHHS 121 - Foundations of Addiction Studies

Corporate/ Homeland Security:
JUS 105 - Introduction to Corporate and Homeland Security*
JUS 181 - Community Relations
JUS 201 - Introduction to Terrorism
JUS 221 - Criminal Investigation
JUS 261 - Criminal Evidence and Procedure
JUS 281 - Organized Crime

Minimum Credits Needed to Graduate: 30

*All students in the Corporate/Homeland Security concentration must take JUS 105 - Introduction to Corporate and Homeland Security as one of their concentration courses.

For More Information Contact:
The Division of Liberal Studies, Room BR-21, 1700 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130, Telephone (215) 751-8450; or the College Information Center (215) 751-8010.

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