Online Police Studies Associate’s Degree
Many police departments require at least 60 hours of college credit. Completing an online associate's degree in Police Studies is a perfect way to fulfill this requirement by completing relevant course work from an established program with a history of preparing leaders in the law enforcement field. View the curriculum and course descriptions.
Major Requirements: (27 Hours)
PLS Core: (15 Hours)
- CRJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
- PLS 103 - Police, Order, Maintenance and Crime
- PLS 326 - Ethical Decisions and Police
- PLS 414 - Social Forces and Policing Society
- PLS 415 - Contemporary Police Strategies
PLS Electives: (12 Hours)
Select from Police Studies, Criminal Justice, or Corrections electives.
General Education Requirements: (36 Hours)
University Requirements: (1-3 hours)
Total Curriculum Requirements: 64 Hours
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.
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.