Go for a BS in Justice Studies with a Policing & Law Enforcement concentration
Go discover the inner workings and the broad scope of the American justice system through the Southern New Hampshire University Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies with a concentration in Policing and Law Enforcement program.
Unlike programs that focus on only one aspect of the justice model, such as law enforcement, the SNHU program provides an overview of the justice system, criminal law, corrections systems, legal and social science research, and more.
Students tailor the program according to their career goals. All students take courses in policing and law enforcement, crime and criminology, and law and legal processes. In light of the professional nature of the justice system, students also are encouraged to explore courses in such aligned areas as business, psychology, sociology, information technology, and political science.
Students may complete the program in the traditional four years. In addition, students may also pursue a four-plus-one program in which they earn both the Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in five years. Our graduate program is delivered online allowing students to continue their studies while satisfying employment and family duties.
Courses To Prepare You For Your Career
SNHU's bachelor's in policing and law enforcement program includes:
- General education
- Degree-specific courses
General Education Program
Our programs are designed to equip you with the skills and insights you need to move forward. In recent years, employers have stressed the need for graduates with higher order skills - the skills that go beyond technical knowledge - such as:
- Problem solving
All bachelor's students are required to take general education classes. Through foundation, exploration and integration courses, students learn to think critically, creatively and collaboratively, giving you the edge employers are looking for.
|View Full Curriculum in the Catalog|
|BS in Justice Studies - Policing & Law Enforcement|
|Courses May Include|
|Policing and Law Enforcement|
|JUS 102||American Policing||An introduction to the police system in America, which is the gateway to the criminal justice process. Topics considered include the historical foundations of police processes, occupational roles and tasks of law enforcement, and the nature and designs of typical, as well as innovative, police systems. Perennial problems of policing, particularly as it relates to community interaction, are also essential components of the course.|
|JUS 103||Correctional Systems||This course examines the management, structure, and organizational design of correctional institutions. Correctional planning, construction, program evaluation and community interaction will be considered and improvement strategies for correctional operations will be debated and critiqued. The course provides a broad based overview of the correctional system which incarcerates and confines, treats, and reclaims criminal personalities and protects and serves the state and the community by removing threats to the social order.|
|JUS 104||Introduction to Homeland Security||A basic overview of Homeland Security is the course's chief aim. The course will provide the student the necessary bedrock principles of preparing for, mitigating, managing, and recovering from emergencies and disasters, while also offering a balanced account of all aspects of homeland security.|
|JUS 111||Introduction to Criminalistics||This course is designed to introduce students to concepts of forensic science with an emphasis on the recognition, identification, individualization, and evaluation of physical evidence by applying the natural sciences to law-science matters. Basic scientific principles used in the practice of forensic science and types of evidence, physical evidence in particular, will be discussed. It provides useful information on how scientific truth is used to solve cases and protect the innocent, how increased scientific information and technology could create a safer society, and how that information and technology could be used to create a less free society. Examining the role of forensic science in criminal and civil investigations where questions regarding the interpretation of physical evidence are crucial and will be discussed.|
|JUS 201||Criminal Investigation||This course is a comprehensive examination of civil and criminal investigations in both public and private modes, including most major felony processes and relevant civil actions. Focus is on the fundamentals of the investigative process and the range of skills necessary for successful performance and management of investigations, including evidence gathering and analysis, witness assessment, field techniques, and linkage between investigative and prosecutorial agencies.|
|JUS 345||Probation and Parole||This course examines the theory and practices of probation and parole with juvenile and adult offenders, including: release philosophy, bail and petition, hearings on grant, revocation or denial, alternative community based corrections and legal issues that emerge in award revocation or imposition of probation and parole.|
|JUS 394||Problems in Policing||This course involves discussion and study of specific problems of law enforcement and policing in contemporary American society. It emphasizes the development, nature and function of law enforcement as it relates to public criminal justice rather than private sector justice. Topical coverage consists of ethics, corruption, deadly force, and civil liabilities and other dilemmas commonly faced in the modern police system.|
|JUS 465||Police Organization and Management||The study of command-level problems and trends in police organizations and management. Principles of organization, control, planning and leadership relating to police agencies are freely assessed. Topics consist of personnel, budget, policy making, crime response tactics and measurements of some.|
|JUS 466||Critical Infrastructure Protection, Border Security, and Cyber Protection||The goal of this course is the application of student's prior knowledge by analyzing the full range of potential threats to the U.S. critical infrastructure and border security with a focus on potential terrorist acts. The course then examines strategies and means for addressing these threats, including evaluating both military and non-military options.|
|Total Credits: 120|
Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.