Online Bachelor of Science in Criminology and Criminal Justice – Policing
Are you interested in the policies and practices of modern policing? Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in criminology and criminal justice with a concentration in policing builds your knowledge about policing strategies, management, accountability and more. Upon graduation, you’ll have the skills needed for law enforcement jobs at the local, state and federal levels.
Next start date: 10/11/2023
Total classes: 40
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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A criminal justice degree that prepares you for policing careers
In this policing degree concentration, you’ll gain an understanding of how police organizations operate, strategies for reducing crime and ways the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of individuals in their interactions with law enforcement. You’ll also explore a variety of topics central to careers in policing, including:
- Case law and criminal procedure.
- Crime analysis and mapping techniques.
- Police-citizen relations, especially within communities of color.
- Police accountability and management.
- Policing research.
Who is a good candidate for a policing degree?
Whether you currently serve in law enforcement or plan to in the future, this program may be a good fit for you. This policing degree concentration can support your goal to pursue a sworn position or civilian roles in areas such as private sector security, intelligence analysis or crime analysis.
Additionally, this degree is ideal for those looking to continue on to graduate studies. This bachelor’s degree can be completed as part of an Accelerated Master’s program. When accepted, you can earn a master’s degree in as little as one year after completing your undergraduate degree. This opportunity saves you time and money while giving you advanced knowledge in your field. Applicable master's degrees include:
Do you need a criminal justice degree to become a police officer?
While not required, earning a policing degree may offer you a leg up when applying for police officer roles. You may experience greater success in the application process and a higher salary potential because employers will value your advanced knowledge. In addition, if you’d like to pursue positions in police management or federal law enforcement, a four-year degree is typically necessary.
Policing degree concentration courses
Your courses focus on expanding your knowledge of policing research and strategies. You’ll also develop the critical thinking skills needed to apply findings to practice. Policing concentration courses cover a range of topics from police management and the law of investigations to police accountability and crime analysis.
CRJ 315: Police Organization and Management
CRJ 409: Police Accountability
CRJ 410: Criminal Procedure I: The Law of Investigations
CRJ 450: Crime Analysis
CRJ 302: Research Methods (L)
CRJ 309: Criminology (SB)
CRJ 100: Introduction to Criminal Justice (SB)
CRJ 230: Introduction to Policing
The jobs this policing degree concentration prepares you for
As a graduate, you may pursue roles in a variety of law enforcement settings, such as local and state police departments, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Department of Justice, Secret Service, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Marshals Service and more. You’ll also be prepared to work in policing research, asset protection and risk management. Additional career examples include, but aren’t limited to:
How to apply
You are considered a first-year student 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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