Criminal Justice Undergraduate Certificate

The criminal justice system is comprised of three major components—law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections. The Undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice curriculum provides a comprehensive and in-depth study of these components, beginning with introductory principles of criminal justice, and then laying the foundation for deeper study into the critical areas of the justice system—police, courts, and corrections.

The certificate program integrates scholarship about criminal justice within a student’s existing program of study at Boston University, or may serve as a stand-alone credential for nondegree students enrolled in Metropolitan College. The certificate lays a foundation in the discipline of criminal justice that could serve as preparation for graduate study or to enhance professional development.

Students who complete the Certificate in Criminal Justice will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proficient knowledge of the policies, operations, decision-making processes, and strategies of major institutions associated with the criminal justice.
  • Specialized knowledge of content areas connected to domains within the administration of justice (law, policing, adjudication, and corrections) and specific crime- and justice-related social problems.
  • A capacity to recognize and analyze legal and ethical constraints, their implications for criminal justice policy and decision-makers, and the effect of justice policy and practice on diverse sets of values and groups in society.
  • An ability to synthesize, evaluate, recognize implications, and communicate effectively using scholarly sources of information connected to crime theory and policy.

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