Rehabilitative Justice Certificate Program

Bloomsburg University's Rehabilitative Justice Certificate Program provides education and training and a foundation for achievement to complete two-year and four-year degrees in preparation for employment in high-demand fields with average (~11%) to above-average (~18%) job market growth in rural, suburban, and urban communities through 2020 U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.

This program includes courses commonly transferable to Associate of Arts and/or Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science programs. Seven of the courses have been approved for inclusion in MyCore — BU’s point-based general education program. The 24-credit certificate program will be delivered over the course of four academic terms. Students will enroll in two three-credit courses per term.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the 24-credit certificate, students will be able to:

  • Articulate the value of multidisciplinary approaches to knowledge and problem solving
  • Compose written documents for particular audiences, purposes and genres
  • Identify cultural differences in written, verbal and nonverbal communication and apply that understanding in a peer support environment
  • Apply multidisciplinary social science principles in academic and peer support environments
  • Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to academic and peer support situations
  • Apply theories, techniques and strategies of chemical dependence in a peer support environment
  • Determine basic psychological concepts, vocabulary, and principles concerning personal adjustment, coping, and emotional awareness, and apply them in a peer support environment

Course Titles


COMMSTUD 104-Interpersonal Communication


CRIMJUST 211- Women, Crime, & the Rehabilitation Process


ENG 101- Foundations of College Writing


INTSTUDY 101-Liberal Arts Seminar


PHIL 110-Critical Thinking


PSYCH 131 – Psychology of Adjustment


SOCWORK 133-Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare


SOCWORK 310 – Intervention in Chemical Dependency



Total Credits for Certificate



How to Apply

Inmates in PA State Correctional Institutions who are interested in enrolling in the certificate program should contact their guidance counselors.


Course Descriptions

COMMSTUD 104 - Interpersonal Communication (3 Credits) (BU General Education-Goal 1 Communications; 3 General Education Points): Introduces students to the process of interpersonal communication. Students will explore the role of conversations and relationships to enhance their participation in daily interactions and their critical awareness of the process. This skills-based course typically includes lecture, discussion, and in-class activities. The course is open to all students and is offered every fall and spring.

CRIMJUST 211- Women, Crime, and the Rehabilitation Process (3 Credits): Examines gender roles, theories of feral criminality, how the criminal justice system handles female criminality and rehabilitation processes that exist within the system. The course is designed especially for women serving time in prison and students interested in corrections, correctional counseling, social work, and the rehabilitation and integration of female inmates. Methodology includes teaching the course inside correctional institutions that house female inmates and provides opportunities for students to interact directly with future clients, provides inmates with successful role models pursuing college degrees, and inmates with an opportunity to reflect on their crimes, incarceration, and the process of reintegration thus providing an undue learning environment for both inmates and students to engage in the learning process on several levels uniquely different from a traditional college classroom. This is an experimental course that satisfies 3 credits of electives.

ENG 101- Foundations of College Writing (3 Credits) (BU General Education-Goal 1 Communications; 3 General Education Points): Provides foundational writing experience and instruction to facilitate first-year students’ transition to writing at the postsecondary level by exploring the implications of writers’ rhetorical situations (audience, purpose, media, and genre) and of individual and social writing processes (drafting, peer review, and reflection) on the texts they generate. Engages students in critical reading and use of source materials. All students will compile and submit an ePortfolio to the English department. Satisfies the General Education requirement of a foundation course in English composition that students are expected to fulfill in their first year of enrollment.

INTSTUDY 101: Liberal Arts Seminar (3 Credits) (BU General Education-Goal 1 Communication-1 General Education Point; Goal 2 Information Literacy-1 General Education Point; 2 General Education Points): Introduces incoming freshmen to an interdisciplinary study of topical content with a liberal arts focus and provides writing and research instruction to facilitate first-year students’ success at the postsecondary level. Provides discussion of writing as a process (drafting, revision, editing); engages students in critical reading; and introduces effective research strategies and the use of source materials. Individual sections will complete a capstone project to demonstrate having achieved the student-learning objectives for the course. One General Education Point in Communications and One General Education Point in Information Literacy will be awarded upon completion of the courses.

PHIL 110 - Critical Thinking (3 Credits) (BU General Education-Goal 3 Analytical and Quantitative Skills; 3 General Education Points): Surveys several forms of argument, including inductive, deductive, analogical and legal reasoning, in order to teach students how to construct and evaluate arguments effectively. Designed for students who aim to improve critical thinking skills. This course fulfills requirements for the Philosophy major and minor. Three hours lecture per week. Open to all students, no prerequisites.

PSYCH 131 - Psychology of Adjustment (3 Credits) (BU General Education-Goal 10 Citizenship; 2 General Education Points): Examines the personal and social meaning of psychological adjustment. Emphasizes psychosocial wellness in adulthood, and application of psychological concepts in the social and cultural contexts of everyday life. No perquisites. Three lecture hours per week. Provides two GEP points toward General Education Goal 10, Citizenship.

SOCWORK 133 - Introduction to Social Work and Social Welfare (3 Credits) (BU General Education-Goal 6 Social Science; 3 General Education Points): Provides students with an overview of the principles and concepts of the social welfare system in the United States as well as a survey of the social work profession. This foundational class has no prerequisites. It is required for students majoring in Social Work and is available to all students. Three hours of lecture per week. Offered each fall and spring semester.

SOCWORK 310 – Intervention in Chemical Dependency (3 Credits): Highlights the presence of alcohol and other drug (AOD) use disorders as an exacerbating influence on problems encountered across many practice areas including, but limited to children and youth, criminal justice, mental health, and housing. Evidence-based screening tools for detecting AOD risk factors are introduced to students, who then practice their use in a variety of active learning exercises. Similarly, the course teaches students a set of basic practice guidelines for working effectively with individuals who reflect some level of AOD abuse or dependence. Students will be evaluated based on their ability to reflect operationalization of these guidelines in an active learning format, as well as on their comprehension of the theoretical framework that the practice skills emerge from.