Victim Advocacy Undergraduate Certificate

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Explore the profession of victim advovacy

As a victim advocate, you can be a vital source for legal services and support.

Help people affected by violence, abuse, trauma and other crime. Develop the key skills you need to help victims.

Careers and outcomes: Where do victim advocates work?

In the aftermath of crisis, you can aid the recovery process.

This certificate not only explores the victim advocacy profession, but gives you the personal skills you’ll need as well: communication, listening, cultural awareness and self-care.

You can find work in careers fields like:

  • Courts
  • Government
  • Health care
  • Legal offices
  • Police departments
  • Social services and non-profits

Victim Advocacy

This certificate is designed to provide students with an understanding of the needs and experiences of crime victims, as well as the profession of victim advocacy. Course options will allow students to explore theories and services related to victimization and advocacy, as well as develop important skills associated with victim services work, such as communication, listening, cultural competency, and self-care.

Program requirements (18 hours)

  1. CRM 210(3), 342(3), 445(3).
  2. Nine additional hours from: COM 205(3), 260(3), 326(3); CRM 315(1), 319(1), 321(1), 325(3), 343(1), 356(3), 376(3), 490(3)*; SWK 370(3).
  3. All candidates must satisfy the General University Certificate Requirements.

* Students wishing to apply CRM 490 credit to this certificate must get permission from the Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice prior to enrolling to ensure that the internship placement is applicable to victim advocacy.

Choose your certificate

  1. Become a Bear: Apply to Missouri State (if you're not already a current student).
  2. Contact the Academic Advising and Transfer Center to declare a certificate in victim advocacy.