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BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement

Aspiring police officers or investigators could receive career preparation by enrolling in Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement program. Learn more about Purdue University Global's BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program here.

Official Program Name:

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement

School Offering Program:

Purdue University Global

Degree Level:

Bachelor of Science

Program Description:

Students interesting in this program should have a strong basic understanding on the U.S. Constitution and prevalent laws in the U.S. They should also have excellent communication skills and the ability to stay level-headed in a moment of crisis. Academic requirements for admittance into this program include a high school diploma, GED, or the equivalent.

Program Description:

Purdue University Global's online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement program is designed to provide students with organizational, leadership, and analytical skills helpful in a law enforcement career. Courses in the emphasis area address domestic violence, homeland security management, evidence and court testimony, criminal justice ethics, stress management, and human behavior. In this criminal justice concentration, students are exposed to notable U.S. Supreme Court cases and the U.S. Constitution as it applies to criminal rights.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length/Total Credits Required:

180 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Purdue University Global's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for an Advanced Start Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement:

In this program, students will have major coursework giving the fundamentals of criminal justice including criminal law, ethics, and technology in criminal justice. Concentration courses expose students to domestic violence situations, substance abuse topics, and advanced crime scene investigate studies. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Purdue University Global to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Law Enforcement Emphasis (24 credits)

  • CJ 333: Family and Domestic Violence
  • CJ 355: Homeland Security
  • CJ 370: Crime Scene Investigation II
  • CJ 411: Drugs and Alcohol in the Criminal Justice System

Major Requirements (64 credits)

  • CJ 100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • CJ 101: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • CJ 102: Criminology I
  • CJ 210: Criminal Investigation
  • CJ 212: Crime Prevention OR
    • CJ 233: Introduction to Forensic Psychology
  • CJ 216: Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems 1
  • CJ 227: Criminal Procedure
  • CJ 230: Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
  • CJ 340: Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
  • CJ 345: Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice OR
    • CJ 444: Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
  • CJ 490: Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • CJ 499: Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice

Core Requirements (33 credits)

  • 100/200-level: General Education Courses (3 courses)
  • 100/200-level: Math Course
  • 200-level: Arts and Humanities Course
  • 200-level: Physical Science Course
  • 200-level: Social Science Course

Open Electives Requirement (59 credits)

Post Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement program could advance in this career by obtaining a master's degree. Some law enforcement departments or agencies require those seeking supervisory or management positions to hold a graduate degree.

Master's degree options for graduates include (but are not limited to):

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Law
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice - Policing
  • Master of Science in Legal Studies
  • Master of Public Administration - Criminal Justice

Career Paths:

Upon completion of Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement program, graduates could begin their career in the field or enter necessary training programs. They could apply their knowledge of police organizations, security, and investigations they might have gained in the program to a variety of positions in law enforcement.

Positions graduates could pursue include:

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Public safety officer
  • Drug enforcement officer
  • Detective

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