College of Continuing Professional Studies

About the CCPS Associate of Science in Law Enforcement Program

Drury University's associate of science degree program in law enforcement is designed to prepare students for entry-level careers in the criminal justice field. Students will develop technical skills such as evidence handling and processing, interviews and interrogations, crime scene investigation and administrative procedures. Students also gain insight into crime problems in the United States, the basic sources of crime, and the justice machinery.

In today's complex world of criminal investigation, law enforcement professionals are expected to demonstrate a thorough understanding of the law, the Constitution, federal and state statutes, and court decisions that apply to the performance of their duties as peace officers. Drury University's associate of science degree program in law enforcement provides students with that understanding and the foundation needed for a successful and rewarding career in public or private law enforcement.

In addition to the associate degree program, Drury University also offers an accredited Law Enforcement Academy on the Springfield campus.

Program Information:

  • Classes are available through seated and/or online instruction and the degree can be completed completely online through "Option 2" (see curriculum link below);
  • Financial aid is available;
  • Approved transfer credit accepted;
  • Students must be admitted to Drury University;
  • Students attending a Drury law enforcement academy must be enrolled for academic credit hours;
  • Final 15 hours of credit must earned through Drury University; and
  • Service members Opportunity Colleges (SOC) contract requires 15 hours of residency with Drury.

The law enforcement program requires 24-30 hours of coursework in the following distribution:

OPTION I:

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 104: Ethics in Criminal Justice
*LEA 280: Basic Peace Officer Training I
*LEA 281: Basic Peace Officer Training II
*LEA 282: Defensive Tactics for Peace Officers
*LEA 283: Fundamentals of Firearm Marksmanship
*LEA 284: Professionalism and Ethics in Law Enforcement
*LEA 285: Foundations of Law Enforcement Leadership

*Drury University Law Enforcement Academy

OPTION II:

CRIM 102: Introduction to Criminology
CRIM 104: Ethics in Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement Academy Program (18 hours)

Drury awards semester hours credit for satisfactory completion of an approved police academy program.

General Education Courses

Students must take the following courses as part of general education requirements:

ENGL 207: Expository Writing
COMM 220: Business Communication and Writing
MATH 101: Fundamental Math Concepts
BIOL 104: Biology in the Contemporary World
PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the U.S.
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology

Choose one of the following:

GSTU 101: Introduction to Computers and Software
GSTU 210: Desktop Applications for PCs
GSTU 211: Desktop Applications for Macs

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