criminal justice BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (BSCJ) Specialization in Law Enforcement

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) with a Specialization in Law Enforcement provides students with a comprehensive and systematic analysis of key contemporary criminal justice issues through a close review of the theories and policies guiding many crime fighting strategies. By applying critical thinking and analytical skills, oral and written communication skills and information systems skills, students can learn of the complex nature of crime and society's response to criminality.

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American InterContinental University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association. 

  • Next Start Date

    April 28, 2014

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  • Specialization Credits


  • Program Length

    36 MONTHS

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  • Successful completion of AIU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice program with a Specialization in Law Enforcement can provide students with an industry focused look at the relationship between police agencies and the communities they serve. Students will also gain an applicable foundation of industry-related knowledge and skills, including how to:

    • Explain the historical context of policing in the U.S. and the essential differences between police services at the different levels of government.
    • Define the role of police and their relationship to other components of the criminal justice system including courts, corrections and forensic science.
    • Explain the organizational structure, administrative practices and operating procedures of modern police agencies in the handling of personnel and their functions.
    • Identify specific law enforcement strategies to address substantive problems such as community policing, terrorism and homeland security, cultural diversity and drugs and crime.
    • Apply and use critical knowledge skills of the U.S. Constitution and its practical application to law enforcement and criminal procedure.
    • Identify and analyze ethical issues related to decision-making processes associated with moral dilemmas in policing.


    Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
    American InterContinental University is institutionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

  • In addition to the general education requirements, the Specialization in Law Enforcement program includes the following courses, taught by instructors, many of whom have relevant career experience in the field of law enforcement. The experiences and firsthand perspectives they may share in class can help prepare you for real-life challenges after you graduate.


    • Security and Loss Prevention
    • Community Oriented Policing
    • Crime and Substance Abuse
    • Administration of Criminal Justice
    • Evidence
    • Advanced Law Enforcement
    • Criminalistics
    • Terrorism and Homeland Security
    • Criminal Investigation
    • Crime Mapping and Analysis


    Click here to download the AIU catalog for more information and a full list of courses for this degree.

  • AIU's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree program with a Specialization in Law Enforcement is geared toward helping students acquire a solid foundation in criminal justice focusing on police theory, law enforcement practice and organizational management.

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