Program Overview

Portland State University offers a Criminal Behavior Certificate that is well suited for individuals who wish to gain an understanding of the causes of crime and what motivates criminal behavior. Students enrolled in this program will gain in-depth knowledge on factors of criminality, places of crime, examination of crime, history of criminal behavior, criminals, victims, the criminal justice system, women and crime, domestic violence, and more. Graduates who earn this certificate have the potential to enjoy rewarding careers as criminology or criminal justice professionals.

The Criminal Behavior Certificate Program consists of 24 total credit hours. Students are required to finish criminal behavior core classes in order to successfully complete the program. Core classes include Theories of Crime, Women Crime and Justice, Juvenile Offenders, Crimes of the Powerful, Offender Rehabilitation, and Correlates of Criminal Behavior. The courses for this program are expertly crafted to ensure that graduates will be knowledgeable, competent, and professional while working in the field. Graduates will be well equipped with specialized knowledge on criminal behavior that is sought by employers. Enrolled students may transfer up to four credits into the program.

This online learning environment provides flexibility for participating students who are employed or have other obligations. Students must be highly disciplined to complete a large amount of coursework. Time management, a reliable internet connection, and word processing skills are very important for students who enroll.

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    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

    School Overview

    Portland State University is a public state university located in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1946, PSU began as the Vanport Extension Center as a way to meet the needs of higher education for those returning from World War II. Over the years, with its constantly expanding degree programs, PSU is the largest and fastest growing school in the Oregon University System.

    PSU offers students several degree levels, including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral, from the following schools and colleges:

    • College of the Arts
    • Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science
    • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
    • College of Urban and Public Affairs
    • School of Business Administration
    • Graduate School of Education
    • School of Public Health
    • School of Social Work
    • University Honors College

    Many of the certificates and degrees at the bachelor's and the master's level are available completely online. 

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