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Investigation Certificate

Program Description

Investigation Certificate

The undergraduate level Investigation Certificate program prepares students for entry and advancement into an investigation related career. Students will gain advanced knowledge of the justice system and law enforcement processes, from police patrol procedures, courts, terrorism, forensic science, correctional facilities, and probation and parole systems.


Upon successful completion of the Investigation Certificate program, students will have acquired the knowledge and skills to:

  • Develop critical thinking, oral and written communication skills while being able to integrate technology into traditional criminal justice theories.
  • Analyze the nature of the components targeted by detection techniques and the added value of detection sequences as opposed to a single treatment.
  • Assess the types, value, and advantages of physical evidence in a criminal investigation and validate the ethical, legal, and scientific requirements for the collection of that evidence.
  • Assess the constitutionality tests for presumption and inferences and analyzing the issues surrounding the appropriate use of witness accounts and testimony.

Program Plan for the Investigation Certificate

CJS 105Technology in Criminal Justice3
CJS 110Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJS 225Criminal Investigations I3
CJS 230Criminal Evidence3
CJS 325Criminal Investigation II3
Select from any TWO of the following:
CJS335 Crime Scene Investigation 3
CJS360 Investigation of Terrorism 3
CJS365 Investigating Fraud 3
CJS455 Investigation of Organized Crime 3
CJS475 Investigation of Arson 3
CJS490 Investigation of White Collar Crime 3

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