Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Specialization in
Law Enforcement

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.

Next Online Start Date:

May 30, 2018

Total Credits:

180

Offered:

Online
Atlanta
Houston

Program Details

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.

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
ENGL 106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL 107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH 125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV 103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV 106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV 109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Electives (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
CRJS 101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS 105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS 205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS 210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS 215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS 220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS 310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS 315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS 330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS 355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS 405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS 499 Senior Capston in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives

Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses

Total Credit Hours: 45
Law Enforcement Track

Specialization Outcome: Apply knowledge and skills needed by entry-level professionals in law enforcement and related professions within the criminal justice system

CRJS 320 Community Oriented Policing 4.5
CRJS 360 Advanced Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS 365 Criminalistics 4.5
CRJS 370 Terrorism and Homeland Security 4.5
CRJS 455 Criminal Investigation 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

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

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of opportunities available to 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
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the 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 Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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

Download program detail PDF

Courses

Degree Requirements

General Education
ENGL 106 English Composition I 4.5
ENGL 107 English Composition II 4.5
MATH 125 General College Mathematics 4.5
UNIV 103 Academic and Professional Success 4.5
UNIV 106 Technology and Information Literacy 4.5
UNIV 109 Interpersonal Communication 4.5
General Education Electives (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
CRJS 101 Foundations of Criminal Justice Systems 4.5
CRJS 105 Theories of Crime Causation 4.5
CRJS 205 Introduction to Criminal Law 4.5
CRJS 210 Introduction to Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS 215 Introduction to American Court System 4.5
CRJS 220 Foundations of Corrections 4.5
CRJS 310 Crime Victim Studies 4.5
CRJS 315 Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Theory 4.5
CRJS 330 Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedures 4.5
CRJS 355 Evidence 4.5
CRJS 405 Research Methods & Statistics for Criminal Justice 4.5
CRJS 499 Senior Capston in Criminal Justice 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 54
General Electives

Select 10 undergraduate Elective courses

Total Credit Hours: 45
Law Enforcement Track

Specialization Outcome: Apply knowledge and skills needed by entry-level professionals in law enforcement and related professions within the criminal justice system

CRJS 320 Community Oriented Policing 4.5
CRJS 360 Advanced Law Enforcement 4.5
CRJS 365 Criminalistics 4.5
CRJS 370 Terrorism and Homeland Security 4.5
CRJS 455 Criminal Investigation 4.5
Total Credit Hours: 22.5

Total Credit Hours: 180

Classes Overview

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 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

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

From grants to military service to transfer credit, see the variety of opportunities available to 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
  • Reduced Military Tuition Rate – AIU Online offers a 45% tuition reduction to active military undergraduate students and a 20% tuition reduction to active military graduate students, including members of the Reserves and National Guard
  • Transfer Credit – AIU’s transfer-friendly credit policy lets you transfer in up to 75% of the qualifying credits needed toward your degree
  • Prior Learning Credit – You can receive credits for past college courses, qualifying military service, or eligible work experience

For more information, review the 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 Credit Guide: This guide explores how to transfer your credits from other schools—and earn college credit for your eligible past work and qualifying military experience

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