Online Bachelor's in Police Studies Curriculum

The EKU Online Police Studies degree programs provide you with a blend of academic and professional preparation. Additionally, the faculty and online police courses will challenge you, and foster personal and professional growth.

Prepare yourself for the challenging and rewarding career in law enforcement by completing a bachelor's degree in police studies. If you currently work in the policing field, completing your bachelor's degree will provide you with more career advancement opportunities.

Review the curriculum and course descriptions for the online bachelor's degree program in Police Studies.

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Major Requirements: (48 Hours)

Police Studies Core: (24 Hours)

Police Studies Major Electives: (24 Hours)

Select from Police Studies, Criminal Justice or Corrections electives. At least 12 hours must be from upper-division courses.

Supporting Course Electives: (6-9 Hours)

Consult your major advisor for a list of approved courses. 

Select 9 hours from: APS 210, EMC 102 or 110, FOR 301,FSE 250, or TRS 332, or a combination to include 3 hrs(200 level or above) of Foreign language or American SignLanguage (ASL) in consultation with major advisor.

General Education Requirements: (36 Hours)

University Requirements: (4-6 Hours)

Academic Orientation GSD 101 (This requirement is waived if students transfer in 30 or more hours.)


ACCT Requirements: ACCT - Police Studies majors will fulfill ACCT with CRJ313S, 424, 490, HON 420, PLS 349, or 349(A-N).

Free Electives: (23-26 Hours)

Total Curriculum Requirements: (120 Hours)

Course Descriptions

Additional course descriptions are available in the catalog.

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.

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