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.
• 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
• Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) contract requires 15 hours of residency with Drury.
The law enforcement associate of science requires 24 hours of coursework in the following distribution:
Students select one of the following two options to complete their major requirements (24 hours):
CRIM 102: Intro to Criminology (3 hours)
CRIM 104: Ethics of Criminal Justice (3 hours)
CRIM 280: Basic Peace Officer Training (6 hours)*
CRIM 281: Basic Peace Officer Training (6 hours)*
CRIM 282: Law for Peace Officers (3 hours)*
EXSP 194: Personal Fitness (1 hour)*
EXSP 210: First Aid (2 hours)*
Drury University Law Enforcement Academy*
Drury awards semester hours credit for satisfactory completion of an approved police academy program.
Students must take the following courses as part of general education requirements:
ENGL 220: Business Communication and Writing (3 hours)
MATH 101: Fundamental Math Concepts (3 hours)
BIOL 104: Biology in Contemporary World (3 hours)
PLSC 101: Government & Politics in the U.S. (3 hours)
PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology (3 hours)