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Certificate Programs

Regardless of major, students in the School of Arts & Sciences at The College of New Rochelle can enhance their studies by completing one of our Certificate Programs: Community Action, Forensic Studies, Informatics, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Legal Studies, and Sports Marketing.

Community Action Certificate

Do you want to change the world?

Add civic engagement and community work to your academic experience and learn how to become an effective agent of social change inside the classroom and in the field.

The Community Action Certificate program seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences, both within the classroom and in the global and/or local community, to become effective agents of social change and service to their communities.

Each student pursuing the Community Action Certificate will select courses and arrange experiential learning opportunities under the advisement of the Community Action Director. In conjunction with academic coursework as outlined below, each student in the program will engage in one or more experiential learning placements. These experiences could include but are not limited to: internships with local or global community/human rights/social service organizations, governmental agencies or legislative offices; study abroad experiences with a significant dimension of community action; research projects undertaken on the behalf of community organizations and supervised by appropriate faculty; significant engagement with campus-based organizations that serve the community; other types of community action projects approved by the Community Action Director.

Students may elect to pursue the Community Action certificate in conjunction with any major within the School of Arts & Sciences.

Requirements - 6 Credits

  • CAP 221 - Community Action Colloquium 3 cr.
  • CAP 320 - Community Action Capstone Experience 3 cr.

Electives - 9 Credits

The knowledge informing Community Action is supported by an array of School of Arts & Sciences courses including offerings in the social sciences, the natural sciences and interdisciplinary classes in the INS 400 Viewpoints category. Students with interests in Human Rights, Environmental Issues, Social and Political Change, Women's Advocacy and Community-based Entrepreneurial Action will find clusters of courses within the certificate for further study. Students should choose electives in consultation with the community action director.

  • BIO 102 - Human Ecology 3 cr.
  • EDU 118 - Orientation to Teaching 3 cr.
  • HIS 272 - Struggle for Civil Rights in America 3 cr.
  • HIS 306 - The Sixties in America 3 cr.
  • HIS 360 - Twentieth Century Global Issues: Roots 3 cr.
  • INS 401 - Viewpoints: Global Perspectives on Women's Rights 3 cr.
  • INS 402 - Viewpoints: Human Rights, a Twentieth-Century Issue 3 cr.
  • INS 405 - Viewpoints: Culture and Human Rights in the Francophone Caribbean (Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique) 3 cr.
  • INS 406 - Viewpoints: Multinational Corporations, Business Ethics and Human Rights 3 cr.
  • INS 407 - Viewpoints: Testimonial Narratives in Latin America 3 cr.
  • INS 408 - Viewpoints: Environmental Justice 3 cr.
  • INS 409 - Viewpoints: Justice 3 cr.
  • INS 418 - Viewpoints: This Land is Your Land 3 cr.
  • PHL 240 - Critical Issues in Environmentalism 3 cr.
  • POS 260 - Issues in American Politics 3 cr.
  • POS 340 - Applied Politics: Effective Citizenship 3 cr.
  • POS 370 - Women and Politics 3 cr.
  • PSY 130 - Psychology of Women 3 cr.
  • PSY 351 - Social Psychology 3 cr.
  • PSY 375 - Multicultural Psychology 3 cr.
  • REL 246 - Religious Dimensions of Peace and Justice 3 cr.
  • SOC 210 - Racial and Ethnic Minorities 3 cr.
  • SOC 321 - Urban Society 3 cr.
  • SOW 110 - Social Needs/Societal Responses 3 cr.
  • SOW 201 - Community Sampler 3 cr.
  • SOW 315Z - Foundations of Social Work Practice 3 cr.
  • WMS 148 - Women, Gender and Power 3 cr.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Forensic Studies Certificate

Are you fascinated by forensics?

The Forensic Studies Certificate is open to all School of Arts & Sciences undergraduates who wish to obtain an introduction to the field of forensic science.

The Forensic Studies Certificate program seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences in classroom, laboratory, and community settings to understand the important role of scientific investigation in law enforcement and criminal justice.

For science majors, the Certificate provides a practical application of the scientific investigation skills learned in Chemistry and Biology classes and an exploration of the social, psychological, and legal factors involved in forensics. For non-science majors, the fundamentals course provides a laboratory experience focused on a compelling and important topic area and the capstone course would provide an opportunity to study contemporary issues in forensic science more deeply.

Requirements - 16 Credits

  • FOS 101 - Fundamentals of Forensic Science 4 cr.
  • FOS 101L - Fundamentals of Forensic Science Lab 0 cr.
  • POS 280 - Law and the Courts 3 cr.
  • PSY 361 - Abnormal Psychology 3 cr.
  • SOC 250 - Criminology 3 cr.

Completed after all other certificate courses have been taken:

  • FOS 300 - Capstone Seminar in Forensic Studies 3 cr.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Informatics Certificate

Today, information technology affects the individual and society and is used in everyday life and in multiple disciplines ranging from social work, psychology, and sociology, to art and business. The growth of information technology means many students need more than a basic introduction to technology.

The Informatics Certificate Program is designed to offer SAS undergraduates experience with information technology within the context of the liberal arts.

Students first study programming basics and then explore technology's practical application by designing and completing a project relevant to their area of study. Certificate students will understand and critically analyze the impact of technology on individuals, groups, and organizations as well as reason about social, ethical and legal aspects of information technology.

Completing an Informatics Certificate will provide you with a solid foundation in problem-solving using technology.

Requirements (17 credits)

  • INF 101 Introduction to Informatics, 1 credit
  • MTH 113/CSC 113 Introduction to Computer Science I, 3 credits
  • CSC 114 Introduction to Computer Science II,3 credits
  • SOC 240 Technology and Society, 3 credits
  • Elective courses (2 from list below), 6 credits
  • INF 300 Capstone Project, 1 credit

Electives (select 2)

  • BUS 305 Advanced Computer Topics
  • BUS 310Z Management Information Systems
  • BUS 315 Business Computer Applications
  • BUS 335 Introduction to Web Design
  • CMA 270Z Storytelling Across the Media
  • CMA 479Z: Nonlinear Editing Workshop
  • Special Topics: Flash class
  • CMA 487: Specialty Publications
  • CSC 201  Data Structures

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Latin American and Caribbean Studies Certificate

The Certificate in Latin American and Caribbean Studies provides School of Arts and Sciences students with the opportunity to acquire, develop, and integrate their knowledge of Latin America and the Caribbean through interdisciplinary study. The certificate can be pursued in conjunction with every major. Courses offered cover topics ranging from language, culture and literature to history, gender, and international relations.

Students will develop and apply different critical perspectives to the study of the region acquiring ample knowledge of relevant issues and a deeper awareness of the connections between the Americas. The immediate goal of the program is to develop students' language proficiency in Spanish or French, to enable focus on a specific region, and to create opportunities for collaboration with other academic institutions as well as with the Latino/a communities in New Rochelle and the tri-state region through students' projects and activities. Capstone projects will enable students to pursue their particular areas of interest in further depth.  Students will also be encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities in Spain, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Requirements (15 credits)

  • Introduction to Latin American and Caribbean Studies, 3 credits
  • Elective courses (3), 9 credits
  • Capstone Seminar, 3 credits

Students will have completed SPA 201 or FRN 209, or equivalent, before enrolling in the capstone course

Elective Courses (9 credits)

Choose three from several departments.

  • EDU 326 Bridging Cultures (Also SOW326, SPA326) 0-4 cr.
  • EDU 342Z Materials and Methods of Teaching Foreign Languages
  • ENG 446 Crossing Cultural Borders: Life Stories of Hispanic and African Women Writers in the Americas
  • INS 405 Viewpoints: Culture and Human Rights in the Francophone Caribbean (Haiti, Guadeloupe and Martinique)
  • INS 407 Viewpoints: Testimonial Narratives in Latin America
  • HIS 120 Themes in Latin America
  • HIS 220 Evolution of Caribbean Culture
  • HIS 221 Cuba in the World
  • HIS 204 Two Americas: US and Latin America
  • HIS 304 The Immigrant Experience
  • HIS 337 Modern Spain: Nationalism and Identity
  • HIS 387 Bridging Cultures: Modern Spain 1.5 cr. (also SPA 487)
  • FRN 306 French for Business and International Relations
  • FRN 308 The Modern French-Speaking World
  • SPA 301 Contemporary Hispanic Readings
  • SPA 309 Hispanic Readings
  • SPA 315 Advanced Conversation through Cinema
  • SPA 322 Spanish-America Culture & Civilization
  • SPA 337 Modern Spain: Nationalism and Identity
  • SPA 419 Spanish Caribbean Literature
  • SPA 220 Magical Realism in Latin American Literature
  • SPA 427 Latino/a Literature in the United States
  • SPA 433 The Novel of Social Protest in Spanish America
  • SPA 446 Crossing Cultural Borders: Life Stories of Hispanic and African Women Writers in the Americas
  • SPA 489 Special Topics in Hispanic Literature and Culture

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Legal Studies Certificate

The certificate in Legal Studies is open to all School of Arts & Sciences undergraduates interested in preparing for a career in the legal professions.

The Legal Studies Certificate program seeks to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences — both within the classroom and in the community through required internships — that will enable them to:

Become more aware of legal issues and their impact on society; and
Be more prepared for careers in the legal profession

Students pursuing the Legal Studies Certificate can systematically acquire the skills and values which are recognized within the profession as necessary for successful careers and further education in the field.

Requirements - 7 Credits

  • POS 280 - Law and the Courts 3 cr.
  • POS 210 - Introduction to Legal Studies 1 cr.
  • POS 395 - Pre-Law Internship 3-6 cr. (3 cr. required)

Note: A list of internship sites will be available. Other sites must be approved by the director of the program.

Knowledge & Skills Electives - 9 Credits

Law affects society in a wide variety of ways, and in turn legal education draws on several disciplines within the liberal arts. Students will choose three courses, each from a different department. They will choose these electives in consultation with the Legal Studies Director. Other courses may be accepted as electives with the approval of the Director.

  • BUS 325Z - Business Law 3 cr.
  • CMA 100 - Public Speaking 3 cr.
  • ECO 101 - Principles of Microeconomics 3 cr.
  • ECO 252 - Labor Economics 3 cr.
  • ENG 228 - Introduction to Literary Theory, Criticism, and Research 3 cr.
  • HIS 101 - Introduction to America 3 cr.
  • HIS 102 - American History II 3 cr.
  • HIS 206 - Women in American History 3 cr.
  • HIS 260 - Divided Societies: South Africa & Northern Ireland 3 cr.
  • HIS 272 - Struggle for Civil Rights in America 3 cr.
  • INS 406 - Viewpoints: Multinational Corporations, Business Ethics and Human Rights 3 cr.
  • INS 408 - Viewpoints: Environmental Justice 3 cr.
  • INS 409 - Viewpoints: Justice 3 cr.
  • MTH 117 - Elementary Statistics 3 cr.
  • PHL 130 - Ethics in the Modern World 3 cr.
  • POS 100 - Introduction to American Government 3 cr.
  • POS 303 - Women and Law 3 cr.
  • POS 317 - Congress and Legislative Process 3 cr.
  • POS 320 - International Law and Organizations 3 cr.
  • POS 350 - Constitutional Law 3 cr.
  • POS 355 - Philosophy of Law 3 cr.
  • POS 370 - Women and Politics 3 cr.
  • SOW 227 - Issues in Child Welfare 3 cr.
  • SOC 250 - Criminology 3 cr.
  • SOC 260 - Juvenile Delinquency 3 cr.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.

Sports Marketing Certificate

The Sports Marketing Certificate is open to all School of Arts & Sciences undergraduates who wish explore the field of sports in a liberal arts context. It combines SAS courses and experiential learning opportunities through an internship in sports marketing.

The Sports Marketing Certificate program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and experiences to work within sports-related environments — from local teams to global corporations — with an emphasis on the marketing of sports and sports-related products and brands.

Requirements - 12 Credits

  • BUS 210Z - Principles of Marketing 3 cr.
  • HIS 370 - Race, Sport and Society 3 cr.
  • CMA 305 - Sports Marketing 3 cr.
  • Sports Marketing Field Experience 3 cr.

Elective Course - 3 cr.

Students choose one of the following electives:

  • CMA 210 - Advertising 3 cr. or
  • CMA 213 - Public Relations 3 cr. or
  • BUS 235 - International Marketing 3 cr.

For course descriptions, visit the catalog.