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BS in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration

Aspiring leaders in police departments, penal institutions, juvenile detention centers or probation offices might build the administrative skills needed to begin their careers when they study in Colorado State University-Global Campus' Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration program. For more information about this bachelor's degree program, read on.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration

School Offering Program:

Colorado State University-Global Campus

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Program Prerequisites:

Applicants are eligible for admission into a CSU-Global Campus bachelor's degree program if they graduated high school (or earned a GED equivalent) and have completed some college. Applicants with less than 12 transferable semester hours of college credit may complete up to 15 credit hours at CSU-Global in non-degree seeking status and then apply for admission to a bachelor's degree program.

Program Description:

Students of Colorado State University-Global Campus' Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration program could expect to study fundamental and introductory topics in crime, law, policing, prison systems and leadership principles. Class discussions might focus on police roles, juvenile delinquency, criminal behavior, crime prevention and public safety management. Overviews of various American criminal justice systems, such as law enforcement, courts, corrections and security might also be included. In the capstone course, students could perform more of an extensive study of a national or global criminal justice issue while applying concepts and methods studied throughout the program.

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Program Length:

Colorado State University-Global Campus bachelor's degrees require that students successfully complete at least 120 semester hours of credits. CSU-Global works to maximize the amount of credit that can be accepted in transfer and provides students with as many options as possible to earn credits outside of the classroom in order to reduce educational costs and accelerate time to graduation. Applicants are encouraged to transfer as much college credit as possible (up to 90 semester hours may be accepted).

Financial Aid:

Federal financial aid is available to those who qualify in the forms of student loans and grants. CSU-Global students may also be eligible for military and veteran benefits, payment plans, employer reimbursement and scholarships.

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Required Courses for a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration:

Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration Major - 15 Courses (Credit Hours):

  • Applying Leadership Principles (3)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (3)
  • Law Enforcement and American Policing (3)
  • Juvenile Justice (3)
  • Introduction to Crime and Deviance (3)
  • Research Methods for the Criminal Justice Professional (3)
  • Restorative and Community Based Justice (3)
  • Leadership in Contemporary Criminal Justice Environments (3)
  • Fundamentals of Law (3)
  • Criminal Justice and the Constitution (3)
  • Fundamentals of Penology (3)
  • Ethics for the Criminal Justice Professional (3)
  • Managing Criminal Justice Organizations (3)
  • Race, Class and Crime (3)
  • Capstone - Application of Criminal Justice Knowledge and Skills (3)

Specialization Areas - Upper Division Courses:

Students may complete a specialization that consists of five (5) upper division courses (15 credits) as a supplement to their program major. Specializations allow students to select a series of courses in a career-relevant field based on professional and personal interests.

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Those intending to pursue more advanced positions in the field might consider entering a master's degree program after earning the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration. CSU-Global Campus offers the following programs that could be options for these graduates:

  • Master of Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
  • Master of Science in Management
  • Master of Science in Organizational Leadership

Career Paths:

Graduates of CSU-Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration program could be prepared to explore mid-management employment opportunities in policing, courts, security firms or prisons. For instance, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics ( reports that, for the period of 2010-2020, the job growth for probation officers and correctional treatment specialists is expected to be 18%, while employment of police and correctional officers is expected to increase by 7% and 5%, respectively. Additional fields graduates might consider are:

  • Criminal Forensics
  • Public Administration
  • Emergency Management

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