Program Details

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 law enforcement field and the relationship between police agencies and the communities they serve.


We can help you learn 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 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.

Requirements

General Education

COMP 101Introduction to Computers

4.5

COMP 102Introduction to Computers Lab

1.5

CRJS 201Ethics and Criminal Justice

4.5

ENGL 106English Composition I

4.5

ENGL 107English Composition II

4.5

HUMA 205Art Appreciation

4.5

or

PHIL 201Introduction to Philosophy

4.5

MATH 125General College Mathematics

4.5

PRES 111Presentation Essentials

4.5

SSCI 206Aspects of Psychology

4.5

SSCI 210Sociology

4.5

SCIE 206Biology

4.5

SCIE 207Biology Lab

1.5

SCIE 210Environmental Science

4.5

SCIE 211Environmental Science Lab

1.5

General Education Electives (1)

4.5

Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective

4.5

General Elective or Internship

4.5

Total Credit Hours:31.5

Lower Division Core

CRJS 101Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems

4.5

CRJS 105Theories of Crime Causation

4.5

CRJS 205Introduction to Criminal Law

4.5

CRJS 210Introduction to Law Enforcement

4.5

CRJS 215Introduction to American Court System

4.5

CRJS 220Foundations of Corrections

4.5

Total Credit Hours:27

Upper Division Core

CRJS 310Crime Victim Studies

4.5

CRJS 315Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory

4.5

CRJS 330Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures

4.5

CRJS 335Evidence

4.5

CRJS 405Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice

4.5

Total Credit Hours:22.5

Capstone Requirement

CRJS 499Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice

4.5

Total Credit Hours:4.5

Specialization

Law Enforcement

CRJS 320Security and Loss Prevention

4.5

CRJS 325Crime and Substance Abuse

4.5
CRJS 345Administration of Criminal Justice

4.5

CRJS 365Criminalistics

4.5
CRJS 370Terrorism and Homeland Security

4.5

CRJS 445Offender Rehabilitation

4.5

CRJS 455Criminal Investigation

4.5

CRJS 465Crime Mapping and Analysis

4.5

At AIU, more of the courses you take, on average, are devoted to your field of interest than at other similar schools. Your classes may include:

Community Oriented Policing

This course examines the relationship between police agencies and the communities they serve. Topics will include traditional relations and public policy as well as new programs designed to involve the community in resolving crimes in the community. Students will also examine issues involving police ethics and the public image of police agencies in the media.

Crime and Substance Abuse

This course examines drug abuse and its relationship to crime. Topics include the statistical relationship between drugs and crime, drug laws and courts, drug prevention programs and public policy concerning the use and abuse of substances.

Evidence

This course examines the various types of evidence admissible by law, including real, demonstrative and documentary evidence. This course addresses the roles lay witnesses and expert evidence play in the legal setting as well as during a criminal trial.

Advanced Law Enforcement

This course provides an in-depth analysis and systematic study of the principles of law enforcement and policing. It covers the administration, organization and activities of the police in the United States. Topics such as homeland security, terrorism and cybercrime are also addressed.

Criminalistics

Criminalistics is part I of a two part series. This course is a survey course of forensic science. The course content will focus on defining "forensic science"; recognizing practices of legitimate, junk and fraudulent science; examining the properties of physical evidence; discussing the scope, potential and limitations of a variety of forensic sciences; examining analytical techniques applied by forensic scientists; evaluating the criteria for admissibility of scientific evidence; and discussing the ethical responsibilities of forensic scientists.

A Flexible Degree That Fits Your Life

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You’ll study under professors who are industry specialists, learning the relevant skills, fundamental practices and specific knowledge related to your field.

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