2020-2021 College Catalog 
    Jul 23, 2024  
2020-2021 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminology, Criminal Justice Addictions Professional Certificate

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This is a Pennsylvania Certification Board approved program and these courses satisfy the academic requirements for certification. The certificate program consists of twelve (12) credits designed to provide students and human services professionals with up-to-date information on substance abuse and its impact on individuals, families, organizations, and the community. It will enable them to work more effectively with inmates, clients, students, and others who may be affected directly or indirectly by alcohol or other drugs.

There are approximately one thousand substance abuse counselor positions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania serving both juvenile and adult offenders. The Bureau of Justice Statistics indicates that approximately 70% of individuals who are incarcerated and 62% who are under some type of alternative sentencing (probation, parole, house-arrest, ARD) have offenses that are directly related to substance abuse.

The certificate program is appropriate for current students of all bachelor programs who wish to prepare for human services positions as substance abuse counselors, teachers, school counselors, juvenile delinquent counselors, social workers, educators, health-care professionals, and those who work in the corrections field.


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Department Chairperson for Justice, Law, and Soceity - Dr. Joseph Bobak, IV

With this foundation, the department has adopted the following outcomes. Upon completion of the program, graduates will demonstrate all of the outcomes stated below:

  1. Knowledge Base in Criminology - Students will demonstrate depth of fundamental knowledge and comprehension of the major concepts, theoretical perspectives, historical trends, and empirical findings to discuss how criminological principles apply to social phenomena;
  2. Scientific Inquiry and Critical Thinking - Students will demonstrate skills and concepts in interpreting behavior and evaluating research to draw conclusions about criminological phenomena;
  3. Ethical and Social Responsibility in a Diverse World - Students will demonstrate proficiency with the formal regulations that govern professional ethics in criminology and demonstrate that they have adopted the values that will contribute to positive outcomes in personal and professional settings and in building a society responsive to multicultural and global concerns;
  4. Communication - Students will demonstrate the ability to construct a cogent argument, present information orally and/or in written form, engage in discussion of criminological concepts, explain the ideas of others, and express their own ideas with clarity, as well as produce a research study or other criminological project; and
  5. Professional Development - Students will be able to apply criminology-specific content and skills to succeed in postbaccalaureate employment, graduate school, professional school, and/or professional organizations. The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology is intended to prepare students for entry-level and certain mid-level criminal justice positions as well as for graduate or professional school. The program has a social justice focus that advances the same core values as stated above in the Associate Degree introduction section.

Background Requirements for Most Law Enforcement Positions

Students who wish to pursue a career in criminology should be aware that to secure a position in law enforcement or to teach criminology or criminal justice at most universities and colleges the student is required to pass a background check.

In most states, specifically Pennsylvania, federal law enforcement positions require that the candidate provide reports on his/her background to law enforcement agencies in the particular state they are seeking employment. For example, in Pennsylvania these particular agencies are: the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (if working with children) and the Pennsylvania State Police. Most all state and federal positions require a report from the Federal Criminal History Record Information Department of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the candidate will also undergo future background checks by the particular agency to which he/she applied.

If your background check is unacceptable, you will be disqualified for employment in most law enforcement positions. In Pennsylvania and most states, students can seek a security background check from their state police agency.

Grade Requirements in Major

Students must earn a C or better in all major courses, designated with a CRIM prefix. Major courses for which a D or less has been earned must be repeated.

Grade Requirements in Concentrations and Certificates

Students must earn a C or better in ALL courses listed for any concentration, minor, or certificate to be awarded the certificate or designation for the concentration or minor on the transcript.

ACT 120 Basic Training Program

ACT 120 Basic Training Program by the Municipal Police Officer’s Education Training Commission (MPOETC)

Mount Aloysius College will award twelve credits of coursework for any individual who has successfully completed MPOETC’s curriculum and training standards for municipal police officers. Currently, individuals may complete the ACT 120 Basic Training program at twenty-four statewide locations.    

These credits may be transferred to both the Associate of Science and the Bachelor of Arts Criminology programs.  Students will be awarded credit for the following coursework:

CRIM 260   - Criminal Procedure and Admissibility of Evidence

CRIM 261   - Critical Issues in Criminal Justice

CRIM 263   - Introduction to Law Enforcement

Health and Wellness Elective


The transfer of credit will occur when an incoming students presents the Registrar’s Office with official documentation that the training program has been completed and enrolls in classes at Mount Aloysius College.

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