It is the mission of the Criminal Justice program to prepare, educate, and train students for the Criminal Justice profession. Criminal Justice graduates will be lifelong learners who possess current technical knowledge of the criminal justice system, communication skills to communicate effectively within the criminal justice system, and an understanding of the interrelations of the criminal justice professional and society.
The Certificate in Basic Law Enforcement was initially developed when Guam Community College was created by Public Law 14-77 and the responsibility for police basic training was transferred from the University of Guam to Guam Community College. Presently, it continues to be the required curriculum for all territorial law enforcement academy cycles.
The first substantive revision was made in February 2011, which was made upon the Criminal Justice Advisory Committee request to realign the Certificate Program and the Criminal Justice Associate Degree Program. It also addressed new general education core requirements to commence Fall Semester 2003.
The second substantive revision created a new area of concentration in Marine & Terrestrial Conservation Enforcement. Students may now elect to graduate with a Certificate in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in either Law Enforcement or Marine & Terrestrial Conservation Enforcement.
Course requirements may identify prerequisites that must be completed with a passing grade. Prerequisite course credits are not counted as credits earned towards the program unless they are certificate core course requirements. Prerequisites are identified in the course description section of this catalog and below with a + sign next to each course with a prerequisite.
Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs):
Upon successful completion of the Certificate in Criminal Justice program, students will be able to:
- Identify the legal procedures for gathering information about crimes, criminal procedure, and defendants’ rights.
- Describe the process of the criminal justice system and the duties and responsibilities of the criminal justice professional.
- Demonstrate the ability to understand the interrelations, ethics, and role expectations of the criminal justice professional in society.