Anna Maria College

Anna Maria College

Certificate in Sexual Violence and Trauma


50 Sunset Lane

Paxton, MA 01612

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Certificate in Sexual Violence and Trauma

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Certificate in Sexual Violence and Trauma is designed to address current perspectives on sexual deviance, criminality, victimization, re-victimization, assessment, and post-victimization trauma recovery.  Through scholarly and non-scholarly literature and pop-culture, the students will critique existing and emerging theories, which seek to identify explanations and rationalizations for criminal sexual behavior.  This certificate combines courses and theories from the criminal justice, victim studies, and psychology in order to examine the intersections between other violent and non-violent crimes, prior victimization and exposure to violence, and sexual deviance and offending.  The coursework covers a variety of topics including species of criminality such as public order crimes, group violence, sexually-motivated crimes, and criminal subcultures and “rape culture,” re-victimization, institutional victimization, human trafficking, pornography, sexual abuse against children, role of sexual violence in terrorism/war, the lives of immigrants and refugee, the mentally ill and intellectually disabled/challenged, and other protected class, minority, and disenfranchised members of society.


Suggested Backgrounds

  • Any Anna Maria College undergraduate or graduate student in of Public Administration, Criminal Justice, Law, Sociology, Social Work, and Psychology, and other interested students.
  • Undergraduate students from similar disciplines at other area colleges 
  • Police and other law enforcement will be the primary target audience
  • Local, county, Commonwealth, and Federal court personnel
  • Mental and behavioral health professionals
  • Advocates and social services professionals
  • Lawyers and paralegals who deal with civil rights, women’s rights, victim rights, and related cases.


New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Midsize Suburb

Size & Settings: 0-999

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