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Undergraduate Trauma Studies Certificate

Overview

The Trauma Studies Certificate is designed for students who are interested in a focused specialty in trauma studies or victim services in addition to their own major. It is appropriate for students in the College of Arts and Sciences or any of the schools of the university. It is particularly appropriate for students wishing to pursue careers in psychology, social work, sociology, criminology, law, public health, or nursing.

How to Begin

Undergraduate students may earn a Trauma Studies Certificate by:

  1. Completing the enrollment form. If you receive a permission error when enrolling, click here.

  2. Completing 18 hours with a GPA of 2.0 or better from at least three departments from the following courses:

Group A: Students must complete 12 hours from the following group:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 1120 - Criminal Law
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 4300 - Communities and Crime
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 4350 - Victimology
  • Psychology 2232 - Psychology of Trauma
  • Psychology 3280 - The Psychology of Death and Dying
  • Psychology 3295* - Selected Projects in Field Placement: Helping Victims of Crime (3 credits only toward certificate)
  • Psychology 3390* - Directed Studies: Trauma-related topics only (3 credits only toward certificate)
  • Psychology 4398 - Child Maltreatment: A Multidisciplinary Approach
  • Sociology 3250 - Sociology of Victimization
  • Sociology 3278 - Sociology of Law
  • Sociology 4300 - Communities and Crime
  • Social Work 3100 - Introduction to Interventive Strategies for Social Work Practice
  • Social Work 4601 - Abused and Neglected Children

Group B: Students must complete six hours from the following group:

  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 2240 - Policing
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 2251 - Youth Gangs
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 3230 - Crime Prevention
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 4325 - Gender, Crime, and Justice (Cross-listed with Sociology 4325)
  • Criminology and Criminal Justice 4340 - Race, Crime, and Justice (Cross-listed with Sociology 4340)
  • Political Science 2400 - Public Administration
  • Political Science 2420 - Introduction to Public Policy
  • Political Science 4940 - Leadership and Management in Nonprofit Organizations
  • Psychology 2160 - Social Psychology (Cross-listed with Sociology 2160)
  • Psychology 2230 - Psychology of Gender
  • Psychology 2245 - Abnormal Psychology
  • Psychology 4235 - Community Psychology
  • Social Work 3700 - Diversity and Social Justice
  • Sociology 2102 - Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Sociology 2160 - Social Psychology (Cross-listed with Psychology 2160)
  • Sociology 3268 - The Sociology of Conflict
  • Sociology 4325 - Gender, Crime, and Justice (Cross-listed with Criminology and Criminal Justice 4325)
  • Sociology 4340 - Race, Crime, and Justice (Cross-listed with Criminology and Criminal Justice 4340)

Special topics courses relevant to trauma studies may be included in the certificate when approved in advance by the Coordinator of the Trauma Studies Certificate. If you have any questions, please contact Jhanae White at whitejha@umsl.edu.

*Must seek approval of the Coordinator of the Trauma Studies Certificate in advance