BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement
Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement emphasis program is designed to offer a solid academic foundation in criminal justice. Students have the opportunity to learn from general education requirements, major courses, and specialization courses in law enforcement. Learn more about the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement emphasis program here.
Official Program Name:
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Emphasis
School Offering Program:
Bachelor of Science
Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement emphasis program is designed to combine a comprehensive liberal arts education with specialized instruction in criminal justice. Students have the opportunity to develop communication, research, and critical thinking skills as part of their general education courses. Major courses offer instruction in criminological theory, legal principles, operations of criminal justice agencies, and the role of technology in criminal justice. The Law Enforcement specialization focuses on law enforcement practices in greater depth, including homeland security, crime scene investigation, and family and domestic violence.
Program Length/Total Credits Required:
180 credits. Kaplan University defines an academic year as the time in which a full-time student is expected to complete three terms of instructional time. Full-time students are expected to complete at least 36 credit hours within the academic year.
Financial Aid Available:
Financial aid is available for those who qualify. Aid opportunities include military aid and federal, state, and private lending programs.
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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement Emphasis:
Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Kaplan University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.
Law Enforcement Specialization Requirements
- CJ 333: Family and Domestic Violence (6 credits)
- CJ 355: Homeland Security (6 credits)
- CJ 370: Crime Scene Investigation II (6 credits)
- CJ 411: Drugs and Alcohol in the Criminal Justice System (6 credits)
- CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety (5 credits)
- CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (5 credits)
- CJ 102: Criminology I (5 credits)
- CJ 210: Criminal Investigation (5 credits)
- CJ 216: Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems (5 credits)
- CJ 227: Criminal Procedure (5 credits)
- CJ 230: Criminal Law for Criminal Justice (5 credits)
- CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics (6 credits)
- CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
- CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
- Choose one of the following courses (5 credits):
- CJ 212: Crime Prevention
- CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
- CJ 264: White-Collar Crime
- CJ 266: Deviance and Violence
- CJ 293: Investigating Terrorism
- Choose one of the following (6 credits):
- CJ 343: Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (6 credits)
- CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice (6 credits)
- CJ 350: Organized Crime (6 credits)
- CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (6 credits)
Core and Elective Requirements
- 100/200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
- 100/200-level: Mathematics Course (5 credits)
- 200-level: Communication Course (5 credits)
- 300/400-level: Arts and Humanities Course (6 credits)
- 300/400-level: Physical Science Course (6 credits)
- 300/400-level: Social Science Course (6 credits)
- Open Electives (59 credits)
Post Graduation Opportunities
Furthering Your Education:
Some students completing the BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program may be interested in pursuing master's or professional degree programs. Such programs could help students qualify for a wider range of careers or take on more employment responsibilities.
Degree programs students could pursue include (but are not limited to):
- Master of Police Science
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice
- Master of Public Administration
- Juris Doctor (JD)
The BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program is designed to prepare students for positions in the criminal justice field. Graduates of the program could develop a variety of skills relevant to a number of careers. Students completing the law enforcement specialization may also gain specific knowledge relevant to a career in policing.*
Graduates of this program could pursue positions such as:
- Police officer
- Public safety officer
- Crime scene investigator
- Highway patrol officer
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