BS in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Law Enforcement emphasis area at Kaplan University is designed to offer a strong foundation in the criminal justice and law enforcement systems. Learn more about Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Law Enforcement emphasis area here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Law Enforcement emphasis area at Kaplan University offers students the opportunity to study the criminal justice system, the nature of criminal behavior, the criminal procedure from arrest to sentencing, crime scene investigation and preservation, and ethics in the application of criminal justice. Students can learn about domestic and family violence and the multiagency approach by the criminal justice and social service systems to address the issue, the role of the Department of Homeland Security in dealing with domestic and international terrorism, and organizational behavior within criminal justice agencies. Students can also take courses such as forensic psychology, white-collar crime, organized crime, and managing criminal justice organizations. The program includes a capstone project.

What Are the Prerequisites?

If you'd like to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Law Enforcement emphasis area, you should be interested in gaining an understanding of criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. Applicants to Kaplan University's programs should have a high school diploma or GED and be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. Since the program is offered online, applicants should have access to a computer.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Law Enforcement emphasis area consists of 180 credit requirements. Requirements include 33 core credits, 59 open elective credits, and 88 major credits.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis Area in Law Enforcement Requirements

  • Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
  • Criminology I
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
  • Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
  • Research Methods in Criminal Justice
  • 300/400 Major Electives
  • Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice
  • Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Crime Prevention
    • Introduction to Forensic Psychology
    • White-Collar Crime
    • Deviance and Violence
    • Investigating Terrorism
  • Choose one of the following:
    • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems
    • Supervisory Practices in Criminal Justice
    • Organized Crime
    • Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
  • 100/200 Level: Communication Course
  • 100/200 Level: Mathematics Course
  • 200 Level: Communication Course
  • 300/400 Level: Arts and Humanities Course
  • 300/400 Level: Physical Science Course
  • 300/400 Level: Social Science Course

Law Enforcement Course Requirements

  • Family and Domestic Violence
  • Homeland Security
  • Crime Scene Investigation II
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Criminal Justice System

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

After successful completion of Kaplan University's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Law Enforcement emphasis area, you could seek various positions in law enforcement. Positions that you could pursue include:

  • Police officer
  • Probation officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Paralegal

Advanced Degrees

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Law Enforcement emphasis area at Kaplan University is designed to help prepare you for graduate studies. Furthering your education by pursuing graduate school can provide advanced training and skills which may offer you the opportunity for additional options in your law enforcement career. Below are some master's degrees related to criminal justice and law enforcement:

  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Corrections
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice with a specialization in Policing