Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

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If you've dreamed of being a police officer since you were a child, Purdue University Global's Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement could be the program for you. Get more details about this online degree program here.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

The online Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program at Purdue University Global is designed to provide a fundamental education in criminal justice systems, procedures, and theories. In the Law Enforcement concentration, you could expect to study such topics as evidence processing and evaluation, drug abuse history and prevention strategies, the role of law enforcement in drug abuse, international and domestic terrorism responses and preparedness, and homeland security management principles. Core coursework might cover criminal justice agencies and issues, criminal law procedures, police management practices, and crime scene investigations. Through a series of special assignments, the capstone course allows you to demonstrate your ability to apply what you've learned throughout the program.

What Are the Prerequisites?

An academic background in psychology and sociology and a desire to enter a career in which you will be responsible for helping others are helpful when choosing this degree program. Applicants to Purdue University Global should have a high school diploma or GED; some programs may have additional requirements.

What Are the Course Requirements?

The BS in Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement program consists of 180 credits. The curriculum is comprised of 33 credits in core coursework, 88 credits in major coursework, 24 credits in the Law Enforcement classes, and 35 credits of open electives.

Core Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CM107College Composition I
CM220College Composition II
CS204Professionalism - Theory and Practice in the Global Workplace
Choose one of the following:
MM150Survey of Mathematics
MM212College Algebra
Choose one of the following:
HU200Arts and Humanities - Modern Creative Expressions
HU245 Ethics
HU250Humanities and Culture
Choose one of the following:
SC200Discovering Science - Current Issues in a Changing World
SC235General Biology I - Human Perspectives
SC246Fundamentals of Microbiology
SC250Fundamentals of Science
Choose one of the following:
SS211The 1960s - Reshaping the American Dream
SS236People, Power, and Politics - An Introduction to American Government
SS250The Technological Revolution - A Social Scientific Approach

Criminal Justice Major Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ100Preparing for a Career in Public Safety
CJ101Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ102Criminology I
CJ210Criminal Investigation
CJ212

CJ233
Crime Prevention
OR
Introduction to Forensic Psychology
CJ216Computers, Technology, and Criminal Justice Information Systems
CJ227Criminal Procedure
CJ230Criminal Law for Criminal Justice
CJ340Applied Criminal Justice Ethics
CJ345

CJ444
Supevisory Practices in Criminal Justice
OR
Managing Criminal Justice Organizations
CJ490Research Methods in Criminal Justice
300/400 Level Open Electives
CJ499Bachelor's Capstone in Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement Concentration Courses

Course CodeCourse Title
CJ333Family and Domestic Violence
CJ355Homeland Security
CJ370Crime Scene Investigation II
CJ411Drugs and Alcohol in the Criminal Justice System

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

As a graduate of the BS in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Law Enforcement program, you could use your knowledge of criminal justice systems and processes to seek employment in police departments, security companies, private investigation firms, crime labs, or government agencies. Your responsibilities might include patrol, crime scene investigations, criminal evidence analysis, or surveillance.

Positions you could pursue include:

  • Police officer
  • Private investigator
  • Crime scene analyst
  • Security officer
  • Police detective

Advanced Degrees

In many cases, a bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a concentration in law enforcement could be all that is needed to work in the law enforcement field; however, advancement to supervisory roles could require a master's degree. Graduate degree programs could explore theories and more advanced methods in investigations, police personnel management, and crime lab supervision. Degree programs you might wish to enroll in include:

  • Master of Science in Criminology
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice
  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice Administration