Undergraduate Certificate in Crime Analysis

The Undergraduate Certificate in Crime Analysis provides law enforcement professionals and traditional criminal justice students with the essential skills needed by law enforcement agencies to meet the new demands for predictive and analytical policing. This certificate was developed in partnership with the Texas Law Enforcement Analyst Network (TXLEAN), the Texas chapter of the International Associations for the Crime Analysts (IACA).

The Undergraduate Certificate in Crime Analysis provides hands-on skills necessary for data-driven management, investigative support, and general crime analysis. Theoretical aspects of crime pattern analysis are combined with practical applications to understand the development of analytical and predictive policing techniques.

Students in this program learn to synthesize criminological theory and application of industry-standard software to develop and perform complex crime analysis and mapping; perform advanced spatial analyses of crime and creative customized agency-specific crime analysis and mapping applications.

This program consists of five required courses and can be completed fully online in as little as three semesters, beginning in January or August. The current price for each course is $200, making the full price of the program $1,000.

If you are registering multiple individuals for courses in this program, please "check out" separately for each individual. Please make sure the information on the "Continuing Education Buyer Information" page is accurate for the individual who will take the course. You may bypass the "Login" section by entering your email address and opting to "Checkout as Guest"

For questions about this certificate program, please contact Dr. Olga Semukhina at semukhina@tarleton.edu.

For questions about the registration progress, please contact Extension Education at extensioned@tarleton.edu.

Required Coursework

Introduction to Crime Analysis (offered Fall semester only)

This course provides the requisite skills needed for efficient data management. The manipulation and conversion of crime data to useful information is a basic requisite to accomplish data-driven management and support intelligence-led policing. Several data management applications are examined including Microsoft Excel and Access.

Introduction to Crime Mapping (offered Spring semester only)

This course provides the conceptual background and practical skills to design and implement GIS-based analysis of community crime problems. The theory, logic, and practical applications of mapping and analysis are examined with a focus on developing a knowledge base, skills, and integration of concepts that are applicable to crime detection and prevention.

Methods of Criminal Justice Research (offered Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters)

This course is a study of scientific research methods used in the criminal justice system. It includes a review and critique of research on crime causation, law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Emphasis will be placed on quantitative research methods.

Criminal Justice Statistics (offered Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters)

This course is a study of basic and advanced descriptive and inferential statistics with an emphasis on applications in the criminal justice system.

Choice of Field Experience OR Criminology

Field Experience in Crime Analysis (offered Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters)

Application and integration of academic content and development of skills within a criminal justice setting. Entry into this course will be arranged with the internship coordinator. OR students may take Criminology.

Criminology (offered Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters)

Study and critical appraisal of various theories of crime causation, including an examination of classical, biological, psychological, and sociological perspectives on the etiology of crime.