2022-2023 College Catalog 
    Sep 30, 2023  
2022-2023 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 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

Criminology is a diverse discipline exploring the scientific study of crimes, criminals, victims, prevention, investigation, theories, the social reaction to crime and criminals, the effectiveness of policy, and the broader political context of social control. The core courses of the Criminology program are designed to provide a solid foundation and essential body of knowledge across the principal components of the Criminal Justice System. It is from that core knowledge that students are able to progress into select specializations, certificates, concentrations, and minors that will further prepare them for their future career. Our program offers an extensive number of electives for students to extend their expertise in the subject areas of interest to them. Additionally, our students have the option to participate in specially designed internships where they are immersed into a proactive professional experience that provides a personalized window into their selected profession. The Criminology program at Mount Aloysius College is long established as one of the finest criminology programs in the entire country. As such, our criminology program prepares students to achieve their professional goals and provides unique opportunities to graduate with a strong resume full of experiences that open doors and set our students far apart from their peers.

The curriculum has a social justice focus that advances the following core values:

  1. a recognition of the innate worth of all human beings, including criminal offenders;
  2. a belief in the potential for criminal offenders to be reintegrated into society;
  3. a recognition of the responsibility of the criminal offender to make good faith efforts to change; and
  4. a belief in society’s responsibility to assist the offender change process by providing reasonable assistance.

With this curriculum, the department has adopted the following foundational areas of development that will be assimilated throughout the curriculum and expected as a result of completing the program.

  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 post baccalaureate 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.

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 C- 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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