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Delivery:  Online or Onsite

Credit Hours: 12

Application Deadline: May 1

Next Session: June 8

SERVING VICTIMS, OFFENDERS, AND THE LAW

The Undergraduate Certificate in Restorative Justice provides an opportunity for students interested in providing relief to crime victims and combating recidivism while helping law enforcement, judicial and correctional organizations to be more responsive to their communities. This program is also available to Criminal Justice students seeking extra credentials to augment their studies. This certificate includes twelve hours of required coursework in Theories of Criminal Behavior, Restorative Justice and Problem-Solving Courts, Community Policing and Problem Solving, and Juvenile Delinquency, and three elective hours you can choose from a wide range of topics, including Deviance and Social Control, American Judicial Processes, Special Populations in Corrections, Drugs and Society, and Community Corrections.

ABOUT THE UNDERGRADUATE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE CERTIFICATE

The Undergraduate Certificate in Restorative Justice emphasizes services to crime victims, offenders, and communities, aiming to repair the damage done by crime. Individuals working in restorative justice professions serve as victim advocates, counselors, mediators, court officers, probation and parole officers, and crime prevention, and restoration experts.

Program Type

Fifteen hours that can be completed 100% online.

Certificate Topics:

  • Community Corrections
  • Restorative Justice and Problem-Solving Courts
  • Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • American Judicial Processes
  • Community Policing and Problem Solving
  • Drugs and Society
  • Deviance and Social Control
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Special Populations in Corrections

Use of Certificate Undergraduate Credit Towards an Undergraduate Degree

Certificates in the College of Professional and Continuing Studies are available to all undergraduate students at OU. Hours utilized in the certificate may also be applied to requirements for an undergraduate degree. 

Certificates will be issued by the Office of Academic Records and indicated on the student’s official transcript. In order to be awarded an undergraduate certificate, students must apply for graduation before or during the final semester of certificate coursework. Certificates are awarded in the semester that all requirements have been met. Certificates cannot be awarded retroactively. Students who complete a certificate program without completing a degree program are not eligible to participate in convocation, commencement or any other graduation ceremonies.

Certificate Program Planning Sheet:

Restorative Justice Undergraduate Certificate Program Planning Sheet

Curriculum

Program requirements

This undergraduate certificate offers a program of undergraduate level coursework in Criminal Justice:

  • Minimum of fifteen hours of undergraduate credit, including a majority of 3000 and 4000 level courses
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA required for successful completion
  • No substitution of courses or transfer courses is allowed in the certificate program.
  • Courses for the certificate may not be taken Pass/No Pass.

Required Courses

  • Theories of Criminal Behavior (three hours)
  • Restorative Justice and Problem-Solving Courts (three hours)
  • Community Policing and Problem Solving (three hours)
  • Juvenile Delinquency (three hours)

Elective Courses (choose one)

  • Deviance and Social Control (three hours)
  • American Judicial Processes (three hours)
  • Special Populations in Corrections (three hours)
  • Drugs and Society (three hours)
  • Community Corrections (three hours)

Manageable Accelerated Courses

All undergraduate courses in this program are eight weeks in duration. Most students choose to take four courses (or 12 credit hours) a semester; two courses the first half of the semester and two courses the second half of the semester. The number of credit hours you take each semester should be discussed with your advisor and reflective of your personal and work schedules—these courses are fast paced and intensive.

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