Come to know the inner workings of law enforcement, corrections, and the law, and leave the program with the knowledge and skills you need to protect people and their property.
If you have a passion for helping people and a talent for knowing the law — and you can picture yourself in a position of authority — this might be the program for you. You’ll learn the ins and outs of law enforcement, corrections, and other criminal justice areas, and leave prepared for a career with a law enforcement organization, or to advance into leadership or management roles within your current organization.
In this program, you will use existing research on the law to make informed decisions, learn what makes an effective criminal justice system, form an advanced understanding of the ethical issues and controversial policies facing criminal justice organizations and personnel, and get an overview of the theories and best practices of law enforcement.
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’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 (undergraduate level) provides an overview of leadership basics. In the context of studying at CSU-Global, students will develop strategies for success in the online learning environment.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- FinanceGain insight and professional skills with regards to the bottom line through this program in finance. Career opportunities exist for accountants, investment bankers, payroll specialists, analysts, auditors, controllers, and more in this exciting field of study.
- 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 InformaticsThe Healthcare Informatics program is ideal for healthcare administrators and other professionals who are interested in the effective management of data and information within a global and technology-rich environment.
- 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.
- Intelligence and Homeland SecurityThe Intelligence and Homeland Security program is ideal for anyone interested in a career focused on the protection of the United States against foreign and domestic threats.
- 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.
- Professional SalesThe Professional Sales program is ideal for students interested in advancing their knowledge of sales and learning best practices for conducting business in today’s dynamic marketplace.
- 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 AdministrationStudents interested in pursuing a career in government, public management, foreign services, nonprofit, security, regulatory boards, and others at the global, national, state, or local level will gain a competitive advantage with a public administration program.
- 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.
To ensure that you are learning the criminal justice and law enforcement administration practices most relevant today, 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.
Program Coordinator B.S. in Criminal Justice and Law Enformcement Administration
Dr. Olivia Yu
Olivia Yu received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in sociology from the University at Buffalo in 1993, with a comparative focus on deviance. She has a bachelor's degree in English/English Literature.
Dr. Yu spent a year as a visiting professor with the Department of Sociology at Saint Joseph’s University-Philadelphia in 1992 and 1993 before completing her Ph.D. works. Her full-time career in higher education started as a member of the criminal justice faculty at the Utica College of Syracuse University (UC), New York in 1993.
She accepted the offer to become a member of the criminal justice faculty at the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) in 2001 — an escape from the long, snowy, cold months of upstate New York. She served as the department chair at the UC, the graduate advisor of record at UTSA, and is currently leading the criminal justice programs at the CSU-Global. In research, she has served as the principal investigator with large and small research grants. Her main research interest and publications address comparative criminal justice/social control and white-collar/economic crimes.
Dr. Yu’s experience with distance learning and online programs in higher education started in the late 1990s; she has designed a number of online courses for undergraduate and graduate programs. In recent years, she has taught both ground and online undergraduate and graduate courses in Sociology, Criminal Justice, Public Administration and quantitative research methods in higher education. Dr. Yu joined the faculty of CSU-Global in 2011.