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Social Justice and Welfare
Certificate Program

Learn the skills to help make a difference
The program covers a range of important topics, including immigration; addiction and obsession; gender, race, and class; and social behavior.


Cost per course: $740.00

There will always be a need for qualified professionals to address the collective well-being of society and the social responsibility for its ongoing improvement.

You’ll benefit from Berkeley’s proven track record of excellence in related fields, as well as Berkeley’s accomplished faculty, many of whom have extensive relevant professional experience.

The 15-credit program consists of five courses of three credits each. The courses in the Social Justice and Welfare Certificate program can be taken Online or at any New Jersey campus where the courses are offered.

Credits may be applied toward an A.A.S. or B.S. in Justice Studies. The program can be completed in two semesters.

Adults with a high school diploma or its equivalent are welcome to enroll for this certificate program. There is a short registration form, but no formal acceptance process.

Semester 1

  • JUS1100 Introduction to Justice Studies (7-week | 3 Credits)
  • SOC3320 Gender, Race, and Class (7-week | 3 Credits)

Semester 2

  • SOC3332 Understanding Social Behavior (7-week | 3 Credits)
  • SCI3301 Addiction and Obsession (15-week | 3 Credits)
  • LAW2235 Immigration Law (7-week | 3 Credits)

Course Descriptions

Introduces the major institutions of justice in society. Topics include justice in a free society, the police, courts, correctional services, the balance of individual rights and public order, law and public policy, and factors affecting the future of the justice system.

Introduces United States federal immigration and nationality law. Topics include lawful and unlawful entry and status in the United States; relevant governmental agencies; obtaining nonimmigrant and immigrant status in the United States; becoming a lawful permanent resident; and the deportation and removal process.

Explores relationships between race, gender, and class. This course examines reality in the determination of socioeconomic mobility and analyzes the perceived role of race and gender in American society.

Examines areas of applied social psychology and the application of social psychology research to understand and address social and practical problems facing individuals, organizations, groups, and communities. Emphasis is placed on how to develop social research-based intervention strategies to improve best practices in a wide range of professional disciplines such as business management, clinical/counseling services, criminal justice, education, health services, media, and politics.

Explores both the biological and sociocultural components of addiction. This course will compare and contrast addictions that affect every individual regardless of socioeconomic status, race, or gender. Students will learn to assess addiction as a disease mediated by both environmental and genetic factors.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students in the Continuing Education Certificate programs are not eligible for Berkeley College grants and scholarships or free career assistance upon completion of the courses.