Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Specialization in Law Enforcement

Online Law Enforcement Degree

Work to develop the skills and knowledge to help you prepare 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.

           

Online Law Enforcement Degree Program Details

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Online Law Enforcement Degree Program Outline

AIU offers a professionally-focused Online Law Enforcement Degree program that is designed to help provide students with the opportunity to develop knowledge in police theory, law-enforcement practice and organizational management in the 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 Online Law Enforcement Degree can provide students with an industry-focused look at the law enforcement field and the relationship between police agencies and the communities they serve.

Our Online Law Enforcement program 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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Law Enforcement Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Elective (1 Course) 4.5
Humanities (2 Courses) 9
Natural Sciences (2 Courses) 9
Social and Behavioral Sciences (2 courses) 9
Total Credit Hours: 58.5

Core
CRJS101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS499 Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives
Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses
Total Credit Hours: 45

General Criminal Justice Track
In lieu of a Specialization, select 5 Criminal Justice Electives from any of the Specializations below
Total Credit Hours: 22.5
Law Enforcement
CRJS320 Community Oriented Policing 4.5
CRJS360 Advanced Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS365 Criminalistics 4.5
CRJS370 Terrorism and Homeland Security 4.5
CRJS455 Criminal Investigation 4.5

Total Credit Hours : 180

Law Enforcement Classes Overview

For an Online Law Enforcement Degree, 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

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 is designed to provide an overview of the use of maps in policing. Emphasis is on learning how to properly design, construct, manipulate, and interpret maps.

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Anthony Wheatley


"The online option attracted me to AIU. The online atmosphere was great. AIU provided the tools and all the different resources to help me be successful in my degree."

- Anthony Wheatley
  MBA 2018

BBA 2015

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