Bachelor's Degree in Police Studies Curriculum

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Core Courses 24 hours

Police Studies Electives 24 hours

Select from police studies, criminal justice or corrections electives. At least 12 hours must be from upper-division courses.

Supporting Course Requirements: 6-9 hours

Together with your advisor, select up to 3 of the following:

  • APS 210
  • EMC 102 or 110
  • FOR 301
  • FSE 250 or TRS 332

Or a combination to include 3 hours (200 level or above) of foreign language or American Sign Language (ASL).

Free Electives 23-26 hours

EKU General Education Requirements 40 hours
(See catalog for details.)

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 120 hours

For a full list of course descriptions please see section 7 of the university undergraduate catalog.


Course Descriptions

CRJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice. (3) A.

A general overview of the criminal justice system including a description of the major agencies: police, prosecution, courts, and corrections, and an analysis of their interdependence in the criminal justice process.

CRJ 331 - Perspectives on Crime and Delinquency. (3) A.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Overview of crime and its control.  Examines lawmaking, lawbreaking, and the social response from theoretical perspectives including social, economic, cultural, symbolic, psychological and biological. Includes historical and contemporary developments. Credit will not be awarded for COR 310 or CRJ 331W.

CRJ 388 - Criminal Justice Research. (3) A.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Overview of the research process, with emphasis on finding, using, and evaluating criminal justice research.  Examination of both quantitative and qualitative social science research methods and procedures appropriate to the study of crime policy and criminal justice.  Credit will not be awarded for COR 388 or CRJ 388W.

CRJ 400 - Applied Criminal Justice Analysis. (3) A.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Analytical and statistical concepts and procedures relevant to crime and criminal justice data. Includes quantitative and qualitative techniques.

PLS 103-Police, Order, Maintenance and Crime. (3) A.

Overview of the role of police. The historical development of policing, police functions and bureaucratic organization are examined. Police misconduct, discretion and effectiveness receive special attention.

PLS 326-Ethical Decisions and Police. (3) A.

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. Examines the problems of ethical philosophies, theories and law in the context of policing. Consideration is given to problems of police judgment arising from unquestioned assumptions about morality. Focuses on forms of ethical violation at the individual, group and organization levels, as well as strategies for prevention and control.

PLS 414-Social Forces and Policing Society. (3) A.

Prerequisites: CRJ 101 and PLS 103. Sophomore standing or higher. Examines the history and evolution of policing in the United States with an emphasis on the political, social, cultural, legal and organizational forces that have molded that history. The roles and functions of police in America are examined in detail within the context of race, class and gender.

PLS 415-Contemporary Police Strategies. (3) A.

Prerequisite: senior standing. Review of contemporary police issues, programs, and strategies. Detailed analysis and evaluation of police practices, including impact on the relationship between the police and the community. Assessment of police reform measures and accountability mechanism.