Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement

The law enforcement profession in the United States confronts some of the most difficult problems and issues that any nation can experience as it provides public safety services to our citizens. The Tiffin University Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) degree with a major in Law Enforcement provides our students with the necessary foundation for successful employment and practice.  At Tiffin University, you will receive an innovative academic and practical education in the law, the behavioral sciences, and the political process.

The need for college graduates with a grasp of the complexities associated with homeland security and terrorism is clear. This innovative major affords you the chance to hone your professional interests while acquiring traditional skill sets needed to succeed. The law enforcement program offers students the unique opportunity to interact with working professionals from the field.  Tiffin University’s faculty have experience in law enforcement and offer an innovative blend of theory and practice that is crucial for effective professional education.

Successful baccalaureate degree graduates in law enforcement must comprehend the mission, structure, goals, and operations of police agencies at the local, state, and federal levels in a democratic society.  The prevention, repression, and control of crime in America requires that law enforcement agents appreciate the critical role they play in balancing public order and individual liberty.  Tiffin University’s education provides you with the background and real-world experience to meet this challenge.

Did you know?

  • The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates between 5 and 12 percent job growth in the criminal justice field between 2012 and 2022.
  • According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for police and detectives was $56,980 in 2012.

Potential Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement:

  • Civil Rights Investigator
  • County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Criminal Investigator for Federal Agencies
  • Private Security Officer
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Homeland Security
  • Municipal Police Officer
  • Police Program Administrator
  • Prosecutor’s Office Investigator
  • State Trooper
  • Undercover Narcotics Officer
  • University or Hospital Police Officer


All TU students in the Online Bachelor of Criminal Justice (Law Enforcement) program fulfill their academic requirements for graduation by completing courses in the following areas.

Criminal Justice Core Curriculum (21 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Criminal Law (3 credit hours)
  • Criminal Procedures (3 credit hours)
  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)
  • Criminology (3 credit hours)
  • Research Design (3 credit hours)
  • Internship (3 credit hours)

Major Courses in Law Enforcement (31 credit hours)

  • Correctional Thought and Practice (3 credit hours)
  • Juvenile Justice Systems (3 credit hours)
  • Police and Society (3 credit hours)
  • Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics (3 credit hours)
  • Computers in Law Enforcement (3 credit hours)
  • Law Enforcement Supervision (3 credit hours)
  • Comparative Criminal Justice Systems (3 credit hours)
  • Crime Analysis (3 credit hours)
  • Evidence Processing (4 credit hours)
  • Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice (3 credit hours)

Knowledge Skills Core (16 credit hours)
General Education Core (33 credit hours)
Open Electives or Optional Minor (21 credit hours)

**Total Semester Hours for the Degree (122 credit hours)

Meet our School of Criminal Justice and Social Sciences faculty

Online classes are all offered in seven (7) week terms starting in January, March, May, July, August, and October.

  • Accreditations: The Higher Learning Commission

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