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In 2016, the US Census Bureau reported that Hispanics comprise 17.6% of the US population. In 2014, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that 22% of the US prison population is Hispanic. In 2015, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that the proportion of Hispanic police officers has more than doubled (to 12%) since 1987. The relevance of Hispanic culture in the criminal justice system is significant. This program is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the language and culture that represents the Spanish cultures in the United States and the relevance of Spanish cultures in the criminal justice system.
The purpose of the program is to prepare students to achieve the following outcomes: Students will meet a basic conversational level of Spanish (from Intermediate-low to Intermediate-mid in the ACTFL proficiency scale); students will acquire knowledge, understanding and respect for interconnections between the Spanish cultures & languages and their own; students will deepen their knowledge in Spanish culture & literature; and, students will learn how culture and complex cultural issues are represented in the criminal justice system.
Certificate in Criminal Justice and Spanish Cultural & Language Competency - Credits: 15