Law Enforcement

The law enforcement major promotes the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain social order, protect individual rights, meet public needs, and uphold the laws and institutions of democracy. Students study the theoretical, ethical, judicial, and practical issues related to the operations and responsibilities of a complex law enforcement organization.  Within the contexts of current events, poverty, race, ethnicity, human relations, urban expansion, and public policy, students analyze the causes of deviant behavior in juvenile and adult offenders.  In addition to critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills, students develop increased empathy and a greater understanding of diversity.  They evaluate scientific advances and new technologies that support effective crime detection, intervention, and prevention.  Students explore ways to improve community relations and gain civic support for their critical mission to protect and serve.

Degree Requirements

Required Courses

PLS 30000EXAMINATION OF CRMNL JUSTICE

PLS 30100INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS: PRCTCE & SYST

PLS 30200POLICE RESPONSIBILITIES & ETHICS

PLS 30300UNDERSTANDING CRIMINAL BEHAVIOR

PLS 40000RACE CRIME AND SOCIAL POLICY

PLS 40100PUBLIC SAFETY SUPERVISION

PLS 40200POLICING IN TODAY'S COMMUNITIES

PLS 40300LEADERSHIP IN LAW ENFORCEMENT

PLS 49000SEL CONTEMP TOPICS IN POLICING

PLS 49000 Selected Contemporary Topics in Policing (CAPSTONE COURSE)
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