Program Details

Program Outline

Program Outline

AIU offers a professionally-focused BSCJ program with a specialization in Law Enforcement that is designed to help provide students with knowledge in police theory, law-enforcement practice and organizational management in the field of law enforcement.

In this specialized degree program, you can learn the skills and knowledge you need to enter or advance in the rewarding field of law enforcement. Study the relationship between police and the communities they serve and explore the fundamentals of criminal justice, including police ethics, public policy, and how to develop programs that can empower communities to reduce crime. 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

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Degree Requirements

General Education
COMP101Introduction to Computers4.5
COMP102Introduction to Computers Lab1.5
CRJS 201Ethics and Criminal Justice
ENGL106English Composition I4.5
ENGL107English Composition II4.5
HUMA205Art Appreciation4.5
PHIL201Introduction to Philosophy4.5
MATH125General College Mathematics4.5
PRES111Presentation Essentials4.5
SSCI206Aspects of Psychology4.5
SCIE207Biology Lab1.5
SCIE210Environmental Science4.5
SCIE211Environmental Science Lab1.5
General Education Electives (1)4.5
Total Credit Hours:58.5

General Electives
General Elective4.5
General Elective4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective4.5
General Elective 4.5
General Elective0-4.5
General Elective or Internship4.5
Total Credit Hours:31.5

Lower Division Core
CRJS101Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems4.5
CRJS105Theories of Crime Causation4.5
CRJS205Introduction to Criminal Law4.5
CRJS210Introduction to Law Enforcement4.5
CRJS215Introduction to American Court System4.5
CRJS220Foundations of Corrections4.5
Total Credit Hours:27
Upper Division Core
CRJS310Crime Victim Studies4.5
CRJS315Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory4.5
CRJS330Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures4.5
CRJS405Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice4.5
Total Credit Hours:22.5
Capstone Requirement
CRJS499Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice4.5
Total Credit Hours:4.5

Specialization Options

Law Enforcement
Specialization Outcome
  • Apply knowledge and skills needed by entry-level professionals in law enforcement and related professions within the criminal justice system
CRJS320Community Oriented Policing4.5
CRJS325Crime and Substance Abuse4.5
CRJS345Administration of Criminal Justice4.5
CRJS360Advanced Law Enforcement4.5
CRJS370Terrorism and Homeland Security4.5
CRJS455Criminal Investigation4.5
CRJS465Crime Mapping and Analysis4.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

Classes Overview

Classes Overview

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.

Administration of Criminal Justice

This course focuses on the challenges administrators face in law enforcement, courts, and corrections. Students will examine the various organizational frameworks in the criminal justice system and the concepts, organizational principles, and models associated with these criminal justice agencies.

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 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.

Terrorism and Homeland Security

This course presents an overview of the key security issues facing the United States in both the areas of Homeland Security and Terrorism. It introduces students to the changing dynamics of homeland security at both the national and state levels. Students will explore the various dynamics of providing security in different settings. Additionally, the history and future of terrorism will be examined.

Criminal Investigation

This course explores the elements of investigation including crime scenes, witnesses and evidence, and includes such topics as investigative techniques, evidence documentation, interrogation and arrest. The course addresses the particulars of investigating major crimes.

Crime Mapping and Analysis

This course introduces basic concepts in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications in criminal justice. The class provides an overview of the use of maps in policing. Emphasis is on learning how to properly design, construct, manipulate, and interpret maps.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

Total tuition for this degree program may vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and other factors.

Estimate your costs, potential savings and graduation date.

Ways to Save

Ways to Save

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of ways you can save time and money on your degree at AIU.

  • Scholarships & Grants - AIU offers a number of institutional scholarships and grants that can help eligible students offset the program cost and help reduce out of pocket costs.
  • Military Discounts– AIU Online offers a 45% tuition discount to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition discount to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard.
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits you need toward your degree. At AIU, your prior law-enforcement training can earn you 36 college credits toward a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, saving you up to 20% on tuition. You can also save time by taking fewer courses that cover the basics and focus on more advanced classes.
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, military service, or work experience.

For more information, download AIU guides below:

  • Financial Aid Guide: Our guide to financial aid can answer your initial questions and help you prepare to apply for financial aid
  • Scholarships and Grants Guide: Learn about the scholarships and grants offered by AIU along with details about eligibility
  • Transfer Credits Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your past work and military experience
Related Degrees

Related Degrees

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Generalist Specialization

Learn the ins and outs of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, crisis management, forensic science and homeland security. AIU’s Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree with a generalist specialization combines academic study of criminal justice with a deep exploration of the skills you’ll need in the field.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Specialization in Corrections and Case Management

Learn to interact with inmates, develop rehabilitation plans and study the ways corrections professionals can make a difference in inmates’ lives. With a Criminal Justice degree specialization in Corrections and Case Management, you can become an important link between incarcerated individuals, the criminal justice system and social services.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Specialization in Forensic Science

When you pursue a Criminal Justice degree with a specialization in Forensic Science at AIU, you can learn to help investigators solve crimes, study the causes and theories of crime, and conduct a crime scene investigation.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) Degree: Specialization in Homeland Security and Crisis Management

Gain a solid foundation in criminal justice while studying crisis management, ethical issues in the field, critical infrastructures, terrorism and homeland security.

Career Paths

Career Paths

What can you do with a degree in Law Enforcement?

Law enforcement plays a crucial role in keeping society functioning. If you’re interested in a career in law enforcement, here are some things to consider.

What qualities are desired in law enforcement?

Law-enforcement officers come into contact with all parts of a community—from everyday citizens to criminals to the professionals who run the legal system. In addition to needing law-enforcement training and knowledge of the relevant laws and local community, a wide range of skills are valuable:

  • Communication skills
  • Empathy and a desire to serve the public
  • Leadership skills
  • Ability to understand people and their motivations
  • Physical strength and stamina

What are law-enforcement professionals responsible for?

The day-to-day work of law enforcement typically involves:

  • Enforcing local, state, or federal laws
  • Responding to emergency and non-emergency calls
  • Patrolling assigned public areas
  • Conducting traffic stops and issuing citations
  • Searching for vehicle records and warrants during traffic stops
  • Obtaining warrants and arresting suspects
  • Collecting and securing evidence from crime scenes
  • Observing the activities of suspected criminals
  • Writing detailed reports and filling out forms
  • Preparing cases and testifying in court

What types of law enforcement are there?

In our complex society, there are many kinds of law enforcement:

  • Uniformed police
  • State police
  • Transit and railroad police
  • Sheriffs and deputy sheriffs
  • Detectives and criminal investigators
  • Fish and game wardens

There are also several types of federal law enforcement, such as working with the FBI, DEA, Secret Service, Federal Air Marshals or U.S. Border Patrol. Regardless which path you’re interested in, a bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement can be a great step toward a career in the field.

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