Various aspects of law enforcement and criminal justice are covered, including policing, the judicial system, criminal investigations, industrial/corporate security and juvenile delinquency. The course sequence offers a balanced and broad education to students who plan to enter law enforcement as a career. It helps in-service police officers upgrade themselves for advancement within the ranks. Many students join a municipal force but career opportunities also are available in county, state and federal governments.

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Program Admissions Requirements

  • High school diploma or GED highly recommended.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program is designed to prepare students to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Recognize and practice ethical behavior associated with the law enforcement professions.
  2. Apply state and federal legal standards, including statutory and case law, to adults and juveniles in civil and criminal matters, in both public and private sectors.
  3. Purposefully adapt oral, written and non-verbal styles and techniques to communicate effectively in diverse professional roles and environments.
  4. Maintain personal health and well-being in carrying out professional responsibilities.
  5. Apply understanding of law enforcement culture to develop and refine skill sets essential to specific law enforcement positions.

Suggested Semester Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
CJ-1000 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJ-1120 Criminal Court Procedures 2
CJ-1130 Criminal Evidence 2
CJ-1320 Ethics in Criminal Justice 2
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition I  
Honors College Composition I  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
Honors Introduction to Microcomputer Applications  
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
CJ-1111 Constitutional Law for Police 3
CJ-1330 Criminal Law 3
CJ-xxxx Criminal Justice Elective 3
MATH-1xxx 1000-level MATH course or higher 3
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Honors College Composition II  
 Credit Hours15
Third Semester
CJ-2300 Juvenile Delinquency 2
CJ-2390 The Investigative Process 4
CJ-xxxx Criminal Justice Elective 3
SPCH-1xxx 1 Any 1000 level SPCH elective course or higher 3
Select one of the following: 3
American National Government  
Honors American National Government  
General Psychology  
Honors General Psychology  
Introductory Sociology  
Honors Introductory Sociology  
Introduction to Criminology  
Introduction to Urban Studies  
 Credit Hours15
Fourth Semester
CJ-1010 Computers in Criminal Justice 2
CJ-2360 Community Oriented Policing 3
CJ-2990 Issues in Supervision 4
CJ-xxxx Criminal Justice Elective 3
CJ-xxxx Criminal Justice Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours60