This certificate program addresses the training requirements imposed by Guam law for those seeking jobs as police officers, marshals, conservation officers, Guam customs officers, investigators and certain other public safety employees. New students will enroll in a Criminal Justice Academy cycle to complete this certificate. The academy program is conducted during each academic year (two semesters) and requires full-time attendance. Those already holding criminal justice degrees are eligible to attend a supplemental academy cycle to obtain the additional credits required for this certificate. In most cases, prior graduates will need a total of ten (10) credits that were not available in their degree program. To apply for admission or to obtain further details about the program, contact a criminal justice advisor at the Social Science & Criminal Justice Department.
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.
With a Certificate in
Criminal Justice, your career opportunities include positions in law
enforcement such as police or customs officer, U.S. marshal,
conservation or corrections officer, forensic lab technician, legal
assistant, and more.
The GCC Advantage
The advantage of earning an associate degree or certificate from Guam Community College is that the faculty, staff and administrators take to heart its mission - "to be a leader in career and technical workforce development by providing the highest quality education and job training in Micronesia."
Our instructors care about and want their students to succeed. Often, they will spend the extra time to make sure a concept is clear, and that students understand the practical, real-life applications of the classroom concepts they are learning. Also, GCC's partnerships with over 100 businesses ensure that what is taught in the classroom corresponds with what businesses need GCC graduates to know when they become employees. These partnerships include internships and apprenticeships that often lead to sustainable jobs and careers in our island’s workforce.
All students who declare a major are assigned an Academic Advisor. Students are strongly urged to visit your advisor, who can help you draft an educational plan with course sequencing that meets your personal, academic, and career goals.
Student Learning Outcomes
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.
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.