Boston University was founded as one of the first all-inclusive universities, as well as a leading private research and teaching institution. With 32,000 students from 50 states and 140 countries, BU is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. For over 150 years, Boston University has anticipated the changing needs of its students while serving the greater needs of society.
The criminal justice system is comprised of three major components—law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections. The Undergraduate Certificate in Criminal Justice curriculum provides a comprehensive and in-depth study of these components, beginning with introductory principles of criminal justice, and then laying the foundation for deeper study into the critical areas of the justice system—police, courts, and prisons.
The certificate program integrates scholarship about criminal justice within a student’s existing program of study at Boston University, or may serve as a stand-alone credential for non-degree students enrolled in Metropolitan College. For those who want to enhance their educational experience, improve their employment prospects, or prepare for post–baccalaureate study, the certificate lays a foundation in the discipline of criminal justice that could serve as preparation for graduate study or to enhance professional development.