In today’s society, illegal and illicit opportunities surrounding the environment have grown. The Conservation Criminology certificate program prepares scholars and practitioners to improve efforts to reduce environmental problems. The certificate consists of three online courses that introduce key environmental risks and crimes, including wildlife poaching, illegal wildlife and hazardous waste trade, corporate environmental harms, environmental justice, eco-terrorism, climate change, and environmental security. The three courses are Environmental Risk Perception and Decision-Making; Corporate Environmental Crime and Risk; and Global Risks, Conservation, and Criminology.
These courses are based upon a peer-reviewed, research framework built on the contention that complex environmental issues which impact social and natural ecosystems require perspectives from multiple disciplines (Gibbs, Gore, McGarrell, and Rivers, 2010). Thus, course materials draw upon theories, methods, and interventions from criminology and criminal justice, natural resources management, and risk and decision sciences. Students who complete the certificate will have improved capacity to work with individuals from multiple disciplines and professionals working in the field to address real world environmental problems. For more information, please visit conservationcriminology.msu.edu.
To obtain the certificate, students must successfully complete the following coursework:
Application for Online Certificate
Once students enroll in their third class, they will need to fill out an application for the certificate. After enrollment and passing grades are confirmed, the certificate will be mailed to the address provided.
Description of Courses
CJ 845 – Environmental Risk Perception and Decision-Making
Theoretical underpinnings of individual decision-making and risk perception processes. Case studies of the interplay of risk perception and decision-making in an environmental and/or criminological context.
CJ 846 – Corporate Environmental Crime and Risk
Theoretical accounts and multiple interventions relevant to corporate environmental crime and risk. Use of “Smart Regulation” principles in designing interventions to match specific problems.
CJ 847 – Global Risks, Conservation, and Criminology
Theories, actors, characteristics, and legal instruments associated with risk, conservation, and criminology related to globalization. Current case studies in criminological conservation.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are not enrolled in a degree-granting program at Michigan State University, you will need to enroll as a Lifelong Education student. You will find information about Lifelong Education at reg.msu.edu under the Enrollment & Registration tab.
Lifelong Education students will need assistance enrolling, and can contact Melissa Christle at 517-353-7133 or email@example.com for help.
The classes listed below are not part of the online certificate program but have related content and are taught by core faculty that can augment a student’s understanding of the core concepts in Conservation Criminology.