Online Police Studies Associate’s Degree

EKU’s online associate degree in police studies is designed to prepare students to quickly and successfully enter the policing profession or meet base education requirements for current officers seeking promotions.Graduates are well positioned to become part of the policing tradition and to complete their bachelor’s degree and further increase their employment opportunities.  


Format: 100% online

Credit Hours: 64 hours

2017-2018 Tuition: $409 per credit hour

Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 49 hours*

Career Options:  State and local law enforcement officer, school resource officer, deputy, policy analyst, victim’s advocate

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What sets our program apart?
Focusing on society’s response to crime through policing, EKU’s curriculum blends academic and professional preparation through course topics such as contemporary policing strategies, crime patterns, technology and ethics.

  • 8-week terms
  • No campus visits required
  • Personalized graduation plan
  • Study anytime, from anywhere
  • Dynamic, supportive learning environment
  • Ranked by U.S. News and World Report among the best universities offering online degrees

Why choose EKU?
EKU is a regionally-accredited, brick-and-mortar university that is ranked among the nation's best colleges and has been educating students for more than a century. EKU has received numerous honors, including being named one of the best online colleges in the nation and one of the most veteran-friendly campuses.


Police Studies Associates Degree Curriculum

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Core Courses 15 hours

Police Studies Electives 12 hours

Select from Police Studies, Criminal Justice or Corrections electives.

EKU General Education Requirements 37 hours
(See catalog for details.)

Total Hours Required for Degree Completion 64 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.

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.