Certificate in Global Criminology


The Certificate in Global Criminology is designed to respond to recent developments in the field of international and global criminology and criminal justice that require different and specific knowledge among law enforcement personnel, NGO staff, as well as local and national policy makers. As borders become more permeable and crime becomes more sophisticated, crime has become increasingly global. The graduate certificate highlights how globalization and internationalization affect crime and crime control, linking supra-national, national, and local domains.

The globalization of world economies, communications, and transportation necessitate criminologists, criminal justice practitioners, policy makers, and law enforcement personnel to become more globally-minded. Through this certificate program, students learn how the processes of globalization influence crime and criminal justice across the globe, with emphases on globalization and recent developments in global crime; global trends in policing and security; convergence and divergence in criminal justice and penal policy; and international criminal justice, war crimes, and the global protection of human rights.

The certificate may be completed on its own or in conjunction with other graduate degree programs including, but not limited to, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, Public Administration, Urban and Regional Policy, and International Affairs. Students are expected to complete the four course certificate in one year.

Curriculum Requirements (4 courses/12 semester hours of coursework)

Core Courses (Required, 1 courses for total of 3 credits)
CRIM 7201: Global Criminology

Elective Courses (Choose 3 courses for total of 9 credits)
CRIM 7242: Terrorism and International Crime
CRIM 7258: Comparative Criminology
CRIM 7266: Crimes against Humanity
CRIM 7268: Human Trafficking
CRIM 7334: Transnational Crime
SOCL 7272: Globalization and Social and Political Debates
SOCL 7232: Political Economy of Global Capitalism
SOCL 7268: Globalization & the city
POLS 7369: International Security
POLS 7341: Security and Resilience Policy
POLS 7364: Terrorism, Violence, and Politics
POLS 7366: Genocide in a Comparative Perspective

Admission Criteria and Process

Every applicant to the Graduate Certificate in Global Criminology must hold at least a bachelor’s degree.

Internal Applicants:
Students currently in an NU Master’s program or Plus One program are eligible for the certificate provided they are a student in good standing and complete the required four course sequence.

External Applicants:

Application decisions are made on a rolling basis.

CSSH Certificate Programs

CSSH offers a number of certificates in various disciplines for both current NEU students and those looking to further their education outside the university. To see the full list, please visit the CSSH Certificate Programs page.

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