Certificate Programs

Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies

Program Summary:

Credits Required: 12
Tuition Per Credit:

Next Start Date:

08-25-2017

The Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies (ACTOCS) offers advanced instruction on the nature, dynamics, causes, and control of those crime phenomena that pose a challenge to more than one country and call for international cooperation. It examines the nature and etiology of established as well as emerging transnational organized criminal groups and criminal activities. The focus is on illegal cross-border trade such as the trafficking of drugs, counterfeit medicine, and humans; transnational predatory crimes such as serial burglary; international environmental crimes; money laundering, corruption, and cybercrime; networks of offenders involved in these crimes and their terrestrial and virtual mobility; and factors that facilitate and shape transnational crime, including technology, international travel, trade, and migration.

This advanced certificate program is appropriate for students who wish to engage in research, join law enforcement agencies at national or international levels, or see employment at public or private organizations.

Curriculum

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of how criminal structures and illegal activities transcend international boarders
  • Demonstrate knowledge if international legal and institutional frameworks for responding to transnational organized crime
  • Think critically about potential solutions for transnational crime and develop theoretically grounded and evidence-based policy solutions that integrate interdisciplinary knowledge
  • Be able to classify and analyze transnational organized crime phenomena
  • Be able to critically assess the validity and reliability of data on transnational crime
  • Demonstrate knowledge of private sector, public private and civil society responses to transnational crime and identify best practices in this field
  • Gain knowledge about less common form, as well as emerging new forms of transnational crime

This is a stand-alone certificate at the graduate level. A student may pursue the advanced certificate independent of a master's degree or while pursuing a John Jay master's degree. Students who successfully complete the program are awarded a New York State Educational Department certificate.

Curriculum Courses


REQUIRED COURSES (6 CREDITS)
Course Name
ICJ 706 Transnational Crime
Course Description
This course examines current issues surrounding the topic of transnational crime and its prevention and control. The focus is on established and emerging phenomena with respect to illegal cross-border trade such as the trafficking in drugs, counterfeit medicine, and humans; transnational predatory crimes such as cross-border serial burglary; networks of offenders involved in these crimes and their mobility; and factors that facilitate and shape transnational crime, including technology. The course also examines the public and private sector responses to crime that transcends international borders.
Course Name
CRJ 784 Organized Crime
Course Description
Students will become familiar with the language, issues and methods of organized crime as well as the responses that officials can undertake in combating it. Explores definitional and theoretical questions along with history and the businesses-both past and present-of American organized crime as well as more recent forms of transnational crime. Also examines the connection between organized crime and terrorism.


ELECTIVES (6 CREDITS)
Course Name
CRJ 713 White-Collar Crime
Course Description
Employs both the social science and legal approaches to examine crime committed by corporations as well as by individuals who wear white collars; covers how such crimes are socially defined, who commits them, who is victimized by them, which social contexts promote them and how society responds to them.
Course Name
FCM 727/CRJ 727 Cybercriminology
Course Description
An exploration of the links between computers, deviance and social control. This will include analysis of the technological, social and geo-political context from which cybercrime and information warfare have emerged, and the nature, extent and causes of digital deviance such as hacking and cyber-terrorism. Societal and political reactions to cybercrime are considered, as are social policy questions of privacy and freedom on the Internet.
Course Name
PAD 762/ICJ 762 Corruption and the Global Economy
Course Description
This course provides an overview of the conduct and effects of corruption on the private and public sectors of governance and international relations. It presents the evident challenges to the measurement of corruption and the global attempts to eradicate the growing threat of corruption to human well-being. The contending perspectives of corruption and the criminal dimensions of corruption in the global economy are explored.

For additional information about this advanced certificate program, please contact John Jay Online at onlineprograms@jjay.cuny.edu or (212) 393-6342

Requirements

Admission to the online Advanced Certificate in Transnational Organized Crime Studies program is competitive, and evaluation is based on the student’s academic and professional records of achievement. 

To be considered for admission, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or an international equivalent
  • An undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (or meet contingency requirements as determined by the program on a case-by-case basis)
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or IELTS, is required for international applicants who have not studied in English-speaking countries. John Jay College’s TOEFL code number is 2115-99. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 550 for the paper-based test, 213 for the computer-based test, and 79-80 for the Internet-based test. The minimum score for IELTS is 7.
  • Submission of a complete application (see Application Process below)

Career Options

The online program is suitable for students interested in research, joining a law enforcement agencies at national or international levels, or seek employment at public or private international organizations.