A career in investigation is far from the average 9-5 job. Your day-to-day tasks may take you in and out of the office depending on your cases. Although there are many avenues to this fulfilling discipline, a typical professional certified investigator stays busy conducting research, interviews, and surveillance out in the field.
At North Greenville University, we offer a certificate in professional investigation to help you apply empirical investigative techniques and forensic methods and work ethically within the court and justice systems, while enhancing researching and writing skills. Additionally, you’ll be taught by expert faculty grounded in their Christian values.
The certificate can either launch your career and improve your marketability or help you gain new skills to excel in your current position. The coursework appeals to individuals aspiring to hold or are in positions such as fire and arson investigators, insurance investigators, licensed security officers, loss prevention personnel, paralegals, police officers, private investigators, and sheriff’s deputies. The type of position you choose will determine whether you work with businesses, private citizens, and/or government. Requirements for each vary by levels of education, experience, and state licensure needed. Check out the requirements for your desired career in the state of your choice to make a plan for your future.
The certificate consists of 15 credit hours total and can be completed in one year in a fully online and flexible format. The following five core classes are required for each participant in the program:
- CJUS 1300 Report Writing for Criminal Justice and Legal Professionals (3 credit hours, online)
- CJUS 1310 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours, HyFlex)
- CJUS 3310 Principles of Investigations (3 credit hours, online)
- CJUS 3330 Judicial Process (3 credit hours, online)
You’ll then select an elective that best fits your preferred career pathway:
- CJUS 1320 Theories in Criminology (3 credit hours, online)
- CJUS 4310 Forensic Analysis and Criminal Profiling (3 credit hours, online)
The topics discussed are immediately applicable in professional investigation careers. These include constitutional law, court processes, crime detection, criminal law, criminal profiling, criminological theory, ethics, evidence documentation, forensic analysis, and report writing.
Earning a certificate is also a great opportunity to see if you are interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree at NGU in a related field, such as criminal justice and legal studies or online criminal justice. If you decide to go into one of these degree programs, your certificate classes completed with the grade of C or above will earn undergraduate university credit at NGU. These credit hours are added to your transcript and are transferable to any university accepting transfer hours for the underlying course.