Certificate in Criminal Investigation

This certificate supplies the necessary skills to become investigative professionals. The course of study enables students to track down perpetrators, unravel fraud and computer-related crimes or provide assistance in missing person cases. Professional investigators are an essential resource for most law enforcement organizations. An education in criminal investigations also provides the backbone for those who wish to work within the justice department as an administrator, bailiff, private investigator, campus security or in other positions.

Learning Outcomes


Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate investigative skills used in law enforcement and private investigation.
  • Identify the ethical, procedural and statutory bases for investigations.
  • Develop and manage an effective investigation plan within statutory, regulatory or organizational guidelines.
  • Identify the steps of crime scene processing, documentation and summarize the procedures
    for protecting the evidence and setting crime
    scene perimeters.
  • Describe the methods used to deal with witnesses, family members and databases.
  • Describe different types of evidence and the process used to identify physical evidence.
  • Summarize the protocols and techniques for handling, collecting and preserving evidence, and define the chain of custody.
  • Describe the role of investigators in forensic and legal procedures.

Assess and finalize investigations, and produce an investigation report that will be defensible in court.

Class Requirements


CRJS 115       Foundations of Professional

Investigation (3)

CRJS 120       Courtroom Survival for Law

Enforcement (3)

CRJS 121       Report Writing for Law Enforcement (3)

CRJS 133       Introduction to Cyber Crime (3)

CRJS 135       Forensic Science I (3)

CRJS 204       The Law and the Professional

Investigator (3)

CRJS 215       Investigative Surveillance (3)

CRJS 231       Criminal Investigations (3)

CRJS 232       Crime Profiling (3)

CRJS 251       Death Investigation (3)

NOTE: See First-Year Student Success Course Requirement on Page 8.