At the time of this publication, APU offers 95 certificate options (52 for undergraduate students and 43 for graduates) and 23 minors.
When you are deciding whether or not it would be advantageous to add a certificate or a minor to your degree, there are many factors to consider. Undergraduate students pursuing an associate degree can add an undergraduate certificate to their program. Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree are able to add a minor or an undergraduate certificate, or both, to their program.
Graduate students pursuing a master’s degree can add a graduate certificate to their program.
If the course requirements of a minor or certificate overlap significantly with the student’s degree program, the academic advisor will be unable to add that credential. Next, it is important to consider what type of program you are in, as well as what your personal and professional goals are now and in the future. It often seem as though a minor is the better fit for an undergraduate program since they seem to be more common than certificates in academia.
It is important to note that APU certificates are not equivalent to industry certifications.
On the other hand, if receiving a degree quickly is your highest priority, then the addition of a minor to your bachelor’s program might be a more practical option.
A minor is also a shrewd choice if you are hoping to study an area of interest, not necessarily an area of practicality or need. Lastly, when selecting a certificate or minor, you should be aware that your new coursework will be required as electives for your program. Petty theft: Petty theft is defined differently in different states, but generally involves theft of personal property valued at less than $100. Simple assault: Simple assault is physical bodily contact without the consent of the person being touched.

Trespass: Trespass occurs when an individual enters the real property of another without consent. Skilled and trained fashion professionals are in demand internationally, nationally, and right here in Las Vegas. However, this may add to the total length of a degree program and may not always be covered by certain types of funding. Adding a graduate certificate will always increase the total length of a master’s program and may not be covered by certain types of funding. A certificate may be a wise choice if you are preparing to do something specific, such as receive a promotion, or obtain a certain skill set.
Although in some circumstances our certificate programs may fulfill a prerequisite or deal with a portion of the material covered in a non-APU affiliated certification exam, we do not offer, endorse, or provide eligibility to take certification tests. All of our minors are 18 credit hours, while some of our certificate programs require more coursework (the undergraduate certificate in United Nations requires 24 credit hours, for example). Minors allow you to learn about a generalized area of study, such as history, English, or religion, while certificates relate to specific topics like infant and toddler care, IT Infrastructure Security, and Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness. If you do not have enough elective room to accommodate your minor or certificate, then your total program length will need to extend. While this may not seem like the end of the world, a conviction for petty theft can be the equivalent of career suicide. This can include acts of violence, such as striking an individual, or less violent acts such as shaking, grabbing, or non-sexual touching.
That's because sex offenses have major political implications that can be a nightmare for employers in certain situations. In addition to handling your weapons with care, you had better be sure you don't get cited for misdemeanor weapons violations like carrying a concealed weapon or brandishing a concealed firearm. This may sound fancy, but it's easier to trespass than you might think, and getting cited for trespass can be a one-way ticket to the unemployment line.

As with any change to your program, it is best to speak with your Academic Advising Team about what is best for your specific situation. That's because committing a crime can cost you your job and potentially ruin your entire career. Getting hired with a DUI on your record can be more difficult, and for certain types of employees, a DUI can spell the end of a perfectly good career. After all, if you can't handle your booze in a public place in your free time, how responsible will you be on the job? A trespass violation may be innocent enough, such as attempting to enter a nightclub without authorization, but the charge carries negative connotations that can cause employers to think twice about hiring or retaining you. A stand alone certificate program is also a great choice if you are looking to begin your college career but are not quite ready to tackle a full associate or bachelor’s degree as an undergraduate student.
There may be other circumstances that will be important for you to discuss with an advisor prior to making this choice. An assault charge may signal to employers that you're unable to control your emotions, and could therefore represent a potential liability in the workplace. Employers simply can't afford to take any chances on someone who is convicted of public intoxication, even if it is a misdemeanor charge.
How would you expect an employer to react to an employee's conviction on a weapons charge? Before involving yourself in any questionable behavior, be mindful of whose property you happen to be on at the time. An employer is likely to conclude that hiring or retaining an employee guilty of a weapons charge might not be worth the risk, and that's not a position you want to be in.

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