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.
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:
- Police Officer
- Corrections Manager
- Security Manager
- College Professor
- Law Clerk
- Special Agent
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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Qualities of a successful Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration professional include:
- Clear communication skills
- Willingness to take on challenges
- Ability to remain calm in high-pressure situations
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.
Earn Your Bachelor's Degree In Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration
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.
- Develop and apply basic statistical skills and quantitative reasoning for critical evaluation of quantitative information.
- Understand the roles, functions, and impacts of an effective criminal justice system.
- Examine ethical standards and issues in criminal justice processes and in professional decision making including the ever-present tension between effective crime control and appropriate civil liberties.
- Survey a range of theoretical approached that explain crime and apply theoretical reasoning and concepts to observations of crime and control.
- Analyze, from a restorative justice perspective, the needs of victims and offenders as well as the involved community as an alternative to satisfying abstract legal principals or punishing the offender.
- Appreciate the investigative profession as a scientific field; sample and apply physical science methods to solve forensic problems.
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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!
- ORG300: Applying Leadership PrinciplesThis 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.
- CRJ300: Introduction to Criminal JusticeThis 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.
- CRJ310: Law Enforcement and American PolicingIn 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.
- PBS300: Introduction to Crime and DevianceIn 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.
- CRJ330: Research Methods for the Criminal Justice ProfessionalThis course introduces students to those statistical techniques most commonly encountered in criminal justice practice. Emphasis is placed on multivariate techniques and research ethics as most subjects of criminal justice research are protected status populations.
- CRJ335: Laws of EvidenceThis 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.
- PBS400: Fundamentals of LawA 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.
- CRJ420: Criminal Justice and the ConstitutionThis 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.
- CRJ440: Ethics for the Criminal Justice ProfessionalThis 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.
- CRJ480: Capstone – Application of Criminal Justice Knowledge and SkillsThis course focuses on a criminal justice issue in-depth at the national and international levels.
- CRJ495: Criminal Justice Practicum*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 internship 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.
All courses are taught by qualified instructors with current industry experience. Our instructors hold advanced degrees in their fields, and are specially trained to teach online, so you and your fellow students can think more critically about how the subject matter applies to real-world situations.
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.
Explore Your Specialization Options for Your B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration:
- Business AdministrationThe Business Administration program is ideally suited for students interested in pursuing a career in business operations and management. Professionals in this field include department managers, accountants, consultants, executives, directors, and more.
- Computer ProgrammingComputer 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.
- Criminal ForensicsThe 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.
- Data Management and AnalysisThe 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.
- Emergency ManagementWhile 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.
- Foundations of AccountingThis 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.
- Healthcare ManagementThe 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.
- Human Resources and Organizational DevelopmentStudents 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).
- Information Technology ManagementAs 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.
- Information Technology OperationsThis 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.
- MarketingStudents 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.
- Operations Management and SupervisionThe 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.
- Organizational LeadershipIf 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.
- Project ManagementStudents 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.
- Public and Non-Profit ManagementStudents 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.
- Small Business and EntrepreneurshipStudents 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.
- Strategic CommunicationsEffective 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.
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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