Come to know the inner workings of law enforcement, corrections, and the law, and gain the knowledge and skills you need to protect people and their property.
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Do you enjoy researching ideas and thoroughly investigating problems?
Becoming a professional in the criminal justice and law enforcement administration field allows you to explore your investigative instincts, and perform an important service in the process.
Criminal justice administration professionals combine their managerial skills with their knowledge of law enforcement to ensure that departments and agencies continue to run smoothly and efficiently.
As a professional in this field, you have various options of career paths to pursue. You can choose to go into police work, social work, public safety, higher education, and more. Potential job titles include:
Responsibilities within the criminal justice and law enforcement administration field consist of developing policies, managing records, providing law updates, advising crisis responses, among many others.
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Throughout this online degree program, you will learn to make informed decisions, learn how to run an effective criminal justice system, develop a complex understanding of the ethical issues and controversial policies facing criminal justice organizations and personnel, and get an overview of the theories and practices of law enforcement.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration develops students who have an avid appreciation of the complexities of crime and control. Studies include traditional and innovative ways of making the public safe while ensuring justice and upholding the rule of the law and the civil liberties of all citizens. In addition to gaining basic knowledge of crime, law, and the justice system, students gain an understanding of the ethical issues and relevant theory that apply to criminal justice and law enforcement organizations today. Minnesota residents: The Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration program does not satisfy the Minnesota requirements for licensure as a law enforcement/police officer.
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Qualities of a successful Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration professional include:
If the above qualities describe you, a successful and rewarding career in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration might be in your future.
Most careers in this field require that you meet a certain standard of physical and mental health, and that you stay up-to-date with the changes that regularly occur within the criminal justice system.
While earning your degree is essential for this profession, no matter what type of classes or degree you complete, you will may also need to complete a training program or participate in continuing education courses throughout your career. Be sure to check your local and state requirements.
We provide students with career-relevant resources to help them succeed outside of the classroom. That's why we created Awards of Completion and Skills Endorsements, specific to our programs of study, spotlighting the knowledge, skills, and abilities that hiring managers find essential to success in the field. Applied Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement and Understanding, Interpreting, and Enforcing U.S. Law are two of the awards you can receive as part of our criminal justice program.
CSU-Global’s accredited online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration is designed to provide you with a practical knowledge of the law enforcement field. The program consists of 10 three-credit core courses as part of a full 120-credit bachelor’s degree. Maximize your transfer credits and take advantage of our alternative credit options to finish faster and for less!
This required first course for all majors provides an overview of leadership basics. Leadership skills are important to all fields of study because regardless of the role a person assumes in an organization he or she will need to influence others in order to accomplish the goals and tasks of their work. The course engages students in discussion, exploration and application of leadership skills, principles and practices. Students will learn about the relationships and connections among leaders, individuals and organizations. Topics include communication, motivation, problem solving, organizational change, and workplace conflict.
This course introduces the study of philosophy and history of criminal justice in America. Topics include an examination of criminal justice agencies such as police and security agencies, courts, and corrections, operating as an interacting system. Students will gain foundational knowledge about criminal justice that will prepare them for future studies in discipline.
In this course, students receive an overview of analysis of the American system of law enforcement, examining the origins, development, roles, and operations of policing in a modern democratic society. Students develop a detailed understanding of the issues involved in policing a democratic society and examine critical issues and new advances in law enforcement.
In this course, students explore crime and its underlying causes in both micro and macro social contexts. Students are introduced to various theoretical perspectives explaining crime and explore the use of crime statistics as an essential component in studying crime and in testing theories. Students are also acquainted with the primary sources of crime statistics.
This course introduces students to statistical techniques most commonly encountered in the analysis of quantitative data in social and criminal justice fields. Emphasis is placed on descriptive and inferential statistics. The learning experience culminates a comprehensive report of hypothesis testing with secondary data.
This course explores the theory and practice of modern criminal investigation techniques. Topics include tactics and procedures for crime scene evidence collection, preservation, and presentation. Students learn investigative approaches in specific forms of crime and develop a working knowledge of the steps of investigation, beginning with the initial crime scene, and ending with evidence presentation and court testimony.
A review of statutory, executive, administrative and judicial law related to public safety management. Emphasis is on equipping organizational leaders with the practical legal knowledge essential for managing public sector organizations.
This course will provide an overview of the criminal procedure under the U.S. Constitution, specifically as related to due process and crime control. Topics include the Fourth Amendment, self-incrimination, constitutional violations, court proceedings, and criminal procedures during national emergencies.
This course explores the theory, practice, and application of ethics to the field of criminal justice. Students gain a basic understanding of how ethics works with the practice of criminal justice. This course prepares students for further inquiry into ethics by providing a solid foundation of its role in criminal justice policy and practice.
This course focuses on a criminal justice issue in-depth at the national and international levels.
This course is designed for students who currently participate on the staff of a criminal justice or related service agency as an opportunity to demonstrate program outcomes learned in the B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration under the supervision of both faculty and agency personnel. Assignments are designed to combine theory and professional practice and include weekly journals, a mid-term conference with the faculty practicum coordinator and on-site supervisor as well as a final report. Prerequisite: Students must successfully complete three courses (nine credits) prior to taking the practicum.
*CRJ495 is an optional course that students may select if they currently work in a criminal justice setting. See the academic catalog for course restrictions.
You can customize your online degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration by adding a specialization. Similar to a degree concentration, each specialization consists of five upper-division courses (15 credit hours) in a more specific area of interest. A specialization is not required to complete a bachelor’s degree, but it is an ideal way to tailor your educational experience to your professional goals and personal interests.
Computer Programming specialization is aimed at non-computer science majors who would like to broaden their programming capabilities. Courses cover an entire spectrum of basic programming and software development techniques for analysis, design, and implementation of software applications across various operating systems and platforms.Learn More
The Criminal Forensics program is ideal for students interested in crime scene investigation and forensic science. Gain the knowledge and skills to pursue or advance a career as a medical examiner, crime analyst, criminal investigator, or similar position in this exciting field.Learn More
The Criminology program focuses on the study of crime, criminal behavior, and the legal system. Students pursuing a career in law enforcement, social work, forensics, welfare, pathology, probation, or other public safety positions will gain a competitive advantage through the Criminology program.Learn More
The Data Management and Analysis program is designed for students interested in careers related to information systems and networking. Professionals interested in the information technology field who desire in-depth knowledge of how to manage enterprise data should consider this program.Learn More
While emergency situations cannot always be avoided, proper critical response and preparation can drastically improve public safety. The Emergency Management program provides professionals, including safety directors, emergency specialists, consultants, analysts, and direct responders, with the skills necessary in a wide array of emergencies.Learn More
This program provides business principles and other applied skills in the area of accounting to assist professionals at all levels. In addition to accountants and CPAs, this program provides financial understanding for budget and cost analysts, payroll specialists, auditors, tax consultants, advisors, managers, and more.Learn More
The Healthcare Management program provides professionals in clinics, hospitals, private practices, nursing homes, research facilities, and more with the focused training required to handle the unique management challenges of the healthcare industry. This program gives students a competitive edge in an ever-changing field.Learn More
Students interested in pursuing a career in Human Resources should consider adding this specialization to their bachelor’s degree coursework. It provides a background in personnel management, staff training and development, policy and procedures, and more. When completed as part of the B.S. in Business Management degree, this specialization aligns with educational standards from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).Learn More
As technology continues to advance, the need for qualified IT managers grows as well. Through the Information Technology Management Specialization, students gain the administrative knowledge needed to meet the demands of corporate technology systems including problem solving, resource allocation, networking, security, and more.Learn More
This program provides a basic understanding of technology operations, networking, problem-solving, development, and more. Professionals interested in careers that require knowledge of information technology, including administrators, department managers, system analysts, and more, will benefit from this program.Learn More
The undergraduate specialization in International Business prepares students for international management career opportunities within multinational industries and organizations. Learners will gain an understanding of economic, legal, governmental, financial, and cultural issues related to international business.Learn More
Students interested in the global field of marketing will benefit from this specialization, which includes promotion, creative services, public relations, research, consulting, communications, advertisement, strategy, branding, and much more. The Marketing program provides the tools necessary to be successfully employed in many areas within this field.Learn More
The Operations Management and Supervision program is ideal for students who pursue careers in logistics or manufacturing and production. These courses provide knowledge and skills to improve efficiency, efficacy, and performance in organizational operations.Learn More
If you wish to advance into a management role in your organization or further your management skills as they apply to staff, effective decision making, strategic communication, and more you should consider the Organizational Leadership program in addition to your your bachelor’s degree major or as a certificate of completion.Learn More
Students interested in project management should consider this program to gain comprehensive theories and concepts on how to improve organizational efficiency and performance on a per project basis. Ideal for both Project Management Professionals (PMP) and those interested in entering this growing field.Learn More
Students interested in careers within the public and non-profit sectors should consider pursuing a specialization or certificate of completion in Public and Non-Profit Management. This program provides students with management and decision-making abilities necessary within these organizations.Learn More
Public relations specialists aim to generate a positive image for their clients by maintaining relationships with media professionals, developing campaigns, creating print and web-based materials, writing speeches, and managing digital media.Learn More
Students who have a desire to work with a start up business or manage their own entrepreneurial enterprises will gain the variety of skills necessary to be successful through this specialization.Learn More
Effective communication can increase efficiency and results in a wide array of professional positions. The Strategic Communication program improves both internal and external messaging, delivery, and comprehension for managers, consultants, marketing and public relations specialists, human resources, and more.Learn More
We understand the sacrifice needed to invest in your education, so our promise to you is an affordable education with low tuition rates, no out-of-state tuition, and tuition guaranteed not to increase for as long as you are enrolled. Find out how you can earn your online bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and law enforcement administration without breaking the bank.
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"CSU-Global is the best choice I have made in regards to my education. I have attended several other online colleges and never seemed to feel like they really cared about me as a student. Here at CSU-Global they work with me if I am having a hard time getting financials together for books or classes."
- Elizabeth Woolven, Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration