Online Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice - Policing
Arizona State University’s online criminology degree focuses on key topics related to policy and practice in 21st century policing. Through the courses in this program, you’ll gain knowledge on policing strategies, police management, police accountability, crime analysis and the constitutional law governing police actions. Upon graduation, you’ll have the knowledge and skills needed for policing jobs at the local, state and federal level.
Next start date: 10/13/2021
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What is a policing degree?
A policing degree is an academic program centered around how police organizations operate, effective strategies for reducing crime and ways the Constitution protects the rights of individuals in interactions with law enforcement. You’ll also study ways to increase accountability and build trust between police officers and individuals. Upon completing this program, you’ll be better prepared to shape the future of policing in the United States.
Is an online criminology degree worth it?
Yes, an online criminology degree is worth it. This is a critical moment for policing and, moving forward, agencies will be even more selective with who they hire. In this program, you’ll analyze the latest research about police organizations and gain useful skills in terms of understanding data and the basics of crime analysis. Whether you have no police experience or are currently a police officer, this program could be a good fit. This program could also be a pathway for those looking to obtain a master's degree, enter private sector security work or become a crime analyst.
Do you need a degree to be a police officer?
While you can become a police officer without a college degree, police departments tend to reward those with bachelor's degrees, both in the application process and in terms of salary. Additionally, if you’re looking to pursue a federal law enforcement job, a four-year degree will likely be required. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in policing is expected to grow 5% between 2019 and 2029, making now a great time to pursue your degree.
Will my policing degree say 'online'?
Online criminology degree related courses
To earn your online criminology degree, you’ll complete courses focused on expanding your knowledge on policing research, practice and the development of critical thinking skills to apply findings from research to practice. Required courses will respond to current events and emphasize the law of investigations, accountability, police organizations and management. Featured courses include:
What jobs can you get with an online criminology degree?
After completing an online criminology degree, you’ll be prepared for careers in law enforcement at the local, state or federal level. You’ll also be prepared to work in policing research, private sector security, asset protection or risk management. Career examples include:
Policing and criminology degree admission requirements
You are considered a freshman for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).
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