Certification in Policing

The Certification in Policing is one of the only programs that consist of courses specific to the critical analysis on police culture, officer decision-making, and community-based ideas for change. This certification will bridge the rigor and critical thinking skills expected in a sociology and criminal justice academic program with the issues and concerns currently affecting police and criminal justice-related institutions.  

Students will be provided with a strong skill set if they choose to become an officer in policing, probation, correctional or parole systems. The courses required for this certification will best prepare future police recruits in the areas often limited in the police academy including:

  • Legal parameters of policing
  • Building community relationships
  • Historical and modern policing models
  • Role of race, gender and class in officer decision making

These skills will also prove beneficial to those who desire to study or work within organizations whose members are impacted by police, such as anti-violence, prisoner reintegration and social justice programs. For students who desire to attend graduate school after they finish with their undergraduate program at CUC, this certification will lay a firm foundation for programs such as law, sociology, criminal justice, peace studies, social justice, women’s and gender studies or other social science disciplines.

Majors and minors may acquire the certification by taking the required (1) and elective (3) courses denoted in bold below.


  • CRJ-2400 Criminal Justice
  • CRJ-4520 Criminological Theory
  • CRJ-4720 Social Research Methods
  • CRJ-4990 Internship in Criminal Justice
  • SOC-2010 Introduction to Sociology
  • CRJ-4530 Sociology of Corrections
  • CRJ-4510 Law and Society
  • CRJ-4540 Sociology of Policing 


Electives (12 hours) Any courses not taken above

  • CRJ-2110 State and Local Government
  • CRJ-2310 Human Security
  • CRJ-2330 International Humanitarian Law
  • CRJ-2340 International Security
  • CRJ-2410 American Legal Process
  • CRJ-3110 Public Policy
  • CRJ-3415 Substantive Criminal Law
  • CRJ-3425 Procedural Criminal Law
  • CRJ-4030 Probation, Parole, & Reentry
  • CRJ-4150 Social Psychology
  • CRJ-4350 Global Terrorism
  • CRJ-4425 Sociology of Gender and Sexualities
  • CRJ-4435 Social Deviance
  • CRJ-4610 Race and Ethnic Relations
  • CRJ-4620 Social Inequality: Class/Status/Power
  • CRJ-4630 Urban Sociology
  • CRJ-4640 Globalization and Human Rights
  • CRJ-4645 American Social Movements
  • CRJ-4650 Gangs and Society
  • CRJ-4910 Special Topics in Criminal Justice
  • CRJ-4550 Theories of Policing
  • CRJ-4560 Legal Parameters of Policing
  • CRJ-4570 Community-Police Relations
  • PSY-4605 Abnormal Psychology
  • SOW-4000 Introduction to Social Work