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Program Contacts

Program Director Michael Davis (928) 717-7938
Dean Jill Fitzgerald (928) 776-2277

Quick Facts

About the Justice Studies Certificate

The Justice Studies certificate program is designed for students interested in a broad range of criminal justice careers, without a law enforcement focus. The program includes the study of crime and delinquency and the theories, policies and practices of the criminal justice system.




Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Justice Studies Certificate program, the learner will be able to:


  1. Explain the historical development of American criminal law from its English common law roots to the present. (AJS 101)
  2. Analyze criminal conduct in the context of historical, social, political and legal developments. (AJS 101)
  3. Analyze the intersection of law, morality, and ethics in modern society. (AJS 123)
  4. Analyze current issues and trends in crime rates, criminal behavior, and social trends as they impact the criminal justice process. (AJS 200)
  5. Outline the modern philosophies, organization and treatment/intervention goals of the juvenile justice system. (AJS 212)
  6. Identify and summarize the various theories of the causes of criminal behavior. (AJS 225)
  7. Describe the economic and psychological impact of crime on society. (AJS 225)
  8. Identify and explain victimology and the crisis interventions afforded to victims of crime and their families. (AJS 226)
  9. Discuss new discoveries in neuroscience and how our increased understanding of the brain is having direct impact on the criminal justice system. (AJS 278)
  10. Identify the key provisions of the Bill of Rights and the U.S. Constitution that pertain to civil liberties and civil rights, and explain various competing theories of constitutional interpretation and judicial review. (AJS 290)

Program-Specific Requirements

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