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Prisoner Reentry & Community Corrections Certificate

This certificate will prepare students to work in fields related to reentry by providing them an education in the barriers that reduce the likelihood of successful reintegration and in current reentry strategies and characteristics of successful programs.

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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 2275

Intro to Corrections

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 4260

Prison Reentry

3
Legal Studies Course 3
Global & Diversity Course 3
General Elective 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
Global & Diversity Course 3
Police & Society Course 3
Supporting course 3

Milestones: 

Term 2: Spring

Course Name Credit Hours
CRIM 4284

Senior Capstone

3
Corrections & Social Services Course 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

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.

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.

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

First Year:

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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