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What is Forensic Populations?
The certificate in forensic populations is a specialization within the UC School of Criminal Justice that provides deeper and more comprehensive understanding of specific types of offenders. Students obtaining the certificate in forensic populations can take courses focusing on drug offenders, women offenders, white collar offenders, gang-involved offenders, juvenile offenders, and mentally-disordered offenders. The two required courses will provide students with a theoretical framework for understanding criminal behavior and background in evidence-based interventions for these populations. This certificate is ideal for students majoring in criminal justice, psychology, or social work, or for any student wishing to gain a deeper understanding about forensic populations. A certificate in forensic populations equips students with the necessary theoretical, empirical, and practical foundation to work with, manage, and/or study offenders in general and specific offending populations.
- Corrections Officer
- Police Officer
- Correctional Psychologist
- Psychiatric Technician
- Social Worker, Case Worker
|CJ4070||Psychology of Criminal Behavior||3|
Forensic Populations Directed Electives
Students may select any 4 of the courses from the Forensic Populations Directed Electives. Please consult an Academic Advisor in the CECH Student Services Center for guidance.
|CJ3028||Women and Crime||3|
|CJ3074||Gangs and Crime||3|
|CJ4029||Special Topics in Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ4049||Special Topics in Corrections||3|
|CJ4073||Life Course and Developmental Criminology||3|
|CJ4089||Special Topics in Criminology||3|
Should students be interested in the theme of substance abuse, this certificate will accept only ONE (1) of the following courses: CJ3027 Drugs and Crime OR PSYC3070 Substance Use and Abuse OR SACN2011 Drugs and Behavior.
Should students be interested in taking an abnormal behavior course, students may select ONE (1) of the following courses: Psyc2051 Abnormal Psychology OR SACN Abnormal Behavior
Freshman Admission Requirements
All UC students are eligible for this certifiate, including criminal justice students. This certificate is well-suited for students in criminal justice, psychology, social work, or other programs relevant to preparing students to work with or study forensic populations, specific groups of offenders, or individuals involved in the criminal justice system. A student must be in good academic standing to pursue this opportunity.
This program is open to students in good academic standing with a cumulative university grade point average of 2.0 and the desire to succeed. Although admission is open, students accepted into the program must meet the academic standards of the program to advance to upper levels of study. Interested students should meet with a UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services Student Services staff member for appropriate advising. Please note: In order to obtain this certificate, 50 percent or more of the required coursework must be taken from the UC College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services. Application materials for the certificate/minor program can be located at:
AccreditationThe University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
Undergraduate Certificate Degree in Forensic Populations
Full-Time Program Duration
Uptown Campus West
PO BOX 210014
Cincinnati, OH 45221
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