Prisoner behind bars

Juvenile Justice & Rehabilitation and Prisoner Reentry & Community Corrections Certificate

This undergraduate certificate is available to all students.

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Plan Your Degree

Disclaimer: This program map is intended ONLY as a guide for students to plan their course of study. It does NOT replace any information in the Undergraduate Catalog, which is the official guide for completing degree requirements

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
C1: ENGL 1101

English Composition I

3
I2: XIDS 2002

First-Year Seminar

2
F: CRIM 1100

Intro to Criminal Justice

3
S1 OR P1

World or US History

3
T1: Science + Lab 4

Milestones: 

  • Complete ENGL 1101 with a C or better.
  • Complete lab science.
  • Declare major complete.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
C2: ENGL 1102

English Composition II

3
M: MATH 1401

Elementary Statistics

3
F: CRIM 2000

Survey of Criminology

3
S1 OR P1

World or US History

3
I1: Oral Communications 3

Milestones: 

  • Complete ENGL 1102 with a C or better.
  • Complete Core IMPACTS Math.
  • Earn 15 or more credit hours.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Embedded certificates are those certificates where the courses required to earn the certificate are embedded into a major or degree program and are only awarded at the completion of a specific degree program. These certificates are intended to encourage students to use the elective requirements in their degree program to form a coherent concentration of coursework in a specified area.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
F: CRIM 2272

Intro to Law Enforcement

3
F: CRIM 2245

Juvenile Delinquency

3
P2: POLS 1101

American Government

3
A: Humanities 3
T2: Non-Lab Science 3

Milestone: 

  • Earn 15 or more credit hours.

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
F: CRIM 2276

Global Crime and Justice

3
F: CRIM 2273 OR 2274

Criminal Procedure or American Criminal Courts

3
A: Humanities 3
S2: Social Science 3
T3: STEM Course 3

Milestones: 

  • Complete Core IMPACTS.
  • Earn 15 or more credit hours.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
CRIM 3240

Criminological Theory

3
CRIM 2275

Intro to Corrections

3
CRIM 4255

Youth, Crime, and Community

3
Legal Studies Course 3
Global & Diversity Course 3

Milestones:

  • Students must complete CRIM 3240, CRIM 4000, CRIM 4003, and CRIM 4284 with a C or better to graduate.
  • Contact the Internship Coordinator if you want to complete as internship as CRIM Elective (3-6 hours).

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
CRIM 4000

Research Methodology

3
CRIM 4265

Crime & Society Inequality

3
Police & Society Course 3
Corrections & Social Services Course 3
Legal Studies Course 3

Milestone: 

  • No more than a total of nine hours of directed research or directed readings credits may be applied toward the major.

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Course Options for:

  • Legal Studies Courses are CRIM 3323, 3900, 4270, 4402, or 4712.
  • Global & Diversity Courses are CRIM 4911, 4248, 4279, 4296, or 4231.
  • Police & Society Courses are CRIM 3411, 3501, 4007, 4068, 4211, 4251, 4277, or 4334.
  • Corrections & Social Services Courses are CRIM 3241, 4255, 4232, 4260, 4295, or 4293.
  • Supporting Courses are any 3000 or 4000 level class not previously taken or required.

Term 1: Fall

Course Name Credit Hours
CRIM 4003

Statistics for Social Sciences

3
CRIM 4230

Ethics in Criminal Justice

3
CRIM 4260

Prison Reentry

3
Global & Diversity Course 3
Police & Society Course 3

Milestones: 

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
CRIM 4284

Senior Capstone

3
General Elective

(Prison Reentry Certificate)

3
General Elective

(Prison Reentry Certificate)

3
General Elective

(Juvenile Justice Certificate)

3
Corrections & Social Services Course 3

15 Fall Credit Hours + 15 Spring Credit Hours = 30 Credit Hours

Course Options for:

  • Global & Diversity Courses are CRIM 4911, 4248, 4279, 4296, or 4231.
  • Police & Society Courses are CRIM 3411, 3501, 4007, 4068, 4211, 4251, 4277, or 4334.
  • Corrections & Social Services Courses are CRIM 3241, 4255, 4232, 4260, 4295, or 4293.

Certificate Requirements:

  • Prisoner Reentry Certificate requires 18 hours total with four required courses and two supplemental courses. Students must choose two courses from the following: CRIM 3242 Drug Abuse, CRIM 3333 Victimology, CRIM 4231 Women & Criminal Justice, CRIM 4232 Family Violence, CRIM 4233 Gangs, or CRIM 4280 or 4286 if related to Reentry.
  • Juvenile Justice Certificate requires 12 hours total with three required courses and 1 supplemental course. Students must choose two courses from the following: CRIM 4255 Gangs, PSYC 4270 Psychology of Childhood, or CRIM 4280 or 4286 if related to juvenile justice.

Crush Your Course

First Year:

  • Make sure to take CRIM 1100 and 2000 before in your first couple of semesters. These are your only prerequisites!
  • Make sure to take your English and Math courses right away.

Middle Years:

  • Don’t put off those science courses!
  • Take one of your upper-division major courses each semester (Theory, Research Methods, and Statistics) to avoid getting overwhelmed.
  • Make sure to mix these in with your other coursework so that you’re developing the skills you need when you need them and not overwhelming yourself in a single semester.

Last Year:

  • Use your electives to explore other disciplines and find courses complementary to your major! Not sure where to start?
  • Ask your Criminology faculty mentor and your advisor what they would recommend!
  • Take Senior Capstone when you’re classified as a senior.
  • Explore internship opportunities that may count towards your upper-division electives! Ask the Criminology internship coordinator for details.

Find Your Place

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

  • Consider running for office in student government.
  • Hone your leadership skills by mentoring new Criminology students.
  • Ask about research opportunities with your favorite Criminology professor.

Broaden Your Perspectives

First Year:

Middle Years:

Last Year:

Connect Off-Campus

First Year:

  • Visit Wolves Vote to learn about the voting process and registration.
  • Consider volunteering for a campaign or organization in your community.

Middle Years:

  • Complete an internship in your field.
  • Consider a summer or part-time job.
  • Ask your department about networking opportunities with alumni.

Last Year:

  • Ask for advice from professionals in your field of interest.
  • Explore career shadowing opportunities.

Take Care of Yourself

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Middle Years:

Last Year:

Pave Your Path

First Year:

Middle Years:

  • Draft your resume and attend a resume blitz.
  • Learn about how to network on social media and update your Handshake profile.
  • Draft your personal statement.
  • Visit the graduate school to find out about graduate programs and admission requirements.

Last Year:

  • Request references from professors and supervisors.
  • Draft your resume cover letter and personal statement and revise it with career services.
  • Attend business fairs and career fairs at UWG and across the state.
  • Attend an interview workshop.
  • Apply for graduate programs.

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