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Justice Studies Degrees, Minors & Certificates

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Justice Studies Bachelor's Degree

The Bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies both builds on the associate degree requirements and is flexible enough to allow the student to earn an inter-disciplinary or specialized certificate or minor. It is available online. Credit is given for Maine Criminal Justice Academy training for in-service police officers. Our military veterans may also receive credit for military training.

Justice Studies Post-Baccalaureate

Justice Studies Post-Baccalaureate information coming soon!

Justice Studies Associate's Degree

The Associate degree was designed for entry level positions in law-related fields. It is also available online and integrated into the Bachelor’s degree for easy transfer.

Information Systems Security Minor

The Information Systems Security minor is designed to allow students in other disciplines as well as computer information system students to earn a credential in the information security area, which will enhance their marketability as security skills are essential in protecting sensitive information and securing organizational assets. Personnel trained in information security are needed to protect the confidentially, integrity, and availability of information resources and the infrastructure that enables the sharing of information.

The minor in Information Systems Security is an 18-credit hour concentration with six required courses:

  • CIS-101  Introduction to Computer Science
  • CIS-240  Introduction to Networking
  • ISS-210  Introduction to Digital Security
  • ISS-220  Security Risk Management and Policy
  • ISS-410  Network Defense I
  • ISS-470  Information Security Management

Minor in Justice Studies

For non-majors seeking law-related employment, the minor requires 18 credit hours of which 2 courses are specified and the other 4 courses are the student’s choice.

Minor in Advocacy

For majors and non-majors to acquire the skills to advocate for a policy or a person in a legislative, judicial or public opinion forum. 18 credit hours.

Minor in Fraud Examination

For majors and non-majors to acquire the basic skills of fraud examination and a solid preparation for Certified Fraud Examiner nation exam. 18 credit hours.

Information Systems Security Certificate

The Certificate in Information Systems Security is a collaboration with the Computer Information Program.

The Information Systems Security Certificate is a 33-credit hour program designed to help prepare individuals for the challenging world of information security. IT systems are increasingly under attack from a broad range of threats, and the impact from attacks are significant. Failure to properly protect an organization can cause significant loss of revenue, customers, jobs, as well as possibly forcing an organization to go out of business. The certificate in Information Systems Security will allow students to acquire and apply various methods, tools, technologies, and processes to help secure an organization.

The certificate coursework will help prepare students for positions in information assurance and information security analysts. Employment of information security analysts is projected to 22 percent from 2010 to 2020 according to the US Bureau of Labor. Personnel trained in information security are needed to project the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of information resources and the infrastructure that enables the sharing of information.

The courses required for the certificate integrate information security topics with computer information systems.

  • CIS-101 Networking Concepts
  • CIS-240 Network Concepts
  • ISS-210 Introduction to Information Security
  • ISS-220 Security Risk Management and Policy
  • ISS-310 Information Security Architecture
  • ISS-320 Vulnerability Assessment and Management
  • ISS-340 Computer Security
  • ISS-360 Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • ISS-410 Network Defense I
  • ISS-412 Network Defense II
  • ISS-470 Information Security Management

Fraud Examination Certificate

This credential requires 30 credit hours and is preparation for the Certified Fraud Examiner exam. It requires 12 credits of accounting and business courses.

Community Policing Certificate

Courses in communication and criminal justice as an introduction to community building. 21 credits.

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Paralegal Certificate

This credential is available online. Two courses per semester are scheduled; completion is possible in one calendar year or longer. The certificate is not awarded unless the student has completed 60 credit hours of college work including the 18 credit hours of paralegal courses. This program is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), but has not sought American Bar Association approval. Students are advised to research the licensing requirements of the state in which they would seek employment to determine if non-approval is a barrier to licensure. Maine does not license paralegals.

Forensic Certificate

Investigation Focus 18 credit hours. Courses in Criminal Justice.

Scientific Focus 20 credit hours. Courses in both Biology and Criminal Justice.




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