Program at a Glance

Program Type
1-year Certificate
Area of Study
Public Service & Safety
Learning Options
100% online
Est. Program Cost
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Gear Up for a Career in Criminal Justice

If you’re seeking your first job in law enforcement occupations, this certificate is for you. Be ready to learn the skills needed to protect your community.

Why Choose Germanna

Germanna’s program prepares you for work in the criminal justice system. No matter which criminal justice-related occupation you choose, this program enhances your overall knowledge and employability in the Administration of Justice field and sets you up for success.

Career Options in the Foundations of Criminal Justice

In-Demand Jobs:

  • Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists: Provide social services to assist in rehabilitation of law offenders.
  • Security Guards: Guard premises to prevent theft, violence, or infractions of rules.
  • Public Safety Telecommunicators: Operate telephone or other communication systems to receive and communicate requests for emergency assistance.

Salary Expectations

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What You'll Learn

In-Demand Skills:

  • Criminal justice
  • Ethics
  • Criminology
  • Computer uses in law enforcement
  • Handling evidence
Course Highlights
ADJ 133: Ethics and the Criminal Justice Professional
ADJ 201: Criminology

Courses may vary from semester to semester. Please consult the college catalog for the most up-to-date information.

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