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About the CCPS Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement

Drury University’s Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Law Enforcement is designed to prepare new and veteran law enforcement personnel with theoretical and practical knowledge of current investigative and procedural techniques, in addition to developing effective communication and leadership skills.

This degree prepares graduates for a successful, rewarding career in local, state, and federal justice systems. Our degree program is specifically designed for the working professional. The B.S. in Law Enforcement can be completed through a combination of evening, online, and blended courses.


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Students should complete all 100-and 200-level requirements before accumulating 60 credit hours (junior status).


Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement 

The Bachelor of Law Enforcement requires a minimum of 42 credit hours.

Survey Course (3 hrs.) 

CRIM 120: Principles of Criminal Justice
3 credit hours

A survey course designed to familiarize students with the American system of criminal justice, theories of crime causation, and society’s response to crime. The course provides a general overview of the agencies responsible for the administration of justice by examining the history, structure, and functions of law enforcement, the judicial system, and corrections.

Lower-Division Courses (15 hrs.) 

CRIM 201: Law and Society
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: CRIM 120. Considers social, cultural and political forces which influence the formation of laws and legislative processes. Theories of the origins of law are discussed and then applied to historical legal cases.

CRIM 221: Victimology
3 credit hours

Analysis of major perspectives on victimization. Emphasis is on the role of the victim in the generation of crime, experience of the victim in the criminal justice system and on patterns of victimization.

BSCI 200: Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYC 120SOCI 120, or CRIM 120. Considers the major methods of the social sciences, including applied statistics. Topics include: research design, surveys, secondary data and other unobtrusive methods, evaluation research, sampling and research reports.

BSCI 274: Statistical Foundations for Behavioral Sciences
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CRIM 120PSYC 120, or SOCI 120 and a college-level math course. This course provides a general overview of descriptive and inferential statistical techniques behavioral researchers use to analyze data. Topics will include frequency distributions and graphing, measures of central tendency, variation, and relative standing, simple linear regression, and hypothesis testing. Should be taken before a student accumulates 60 credit hours (junior status).

LDST 250: Financial Basics for Leaders
3 credit hours

Leaders at all organizational levels need an understanding of what makes their organizations go—money! Whether it is a for-profit business or a "non-profit," the financial aspects of operation affect the company's ability to achieve goals and the leader's ability to make decisions. This course includes the "basics" of using various financial statements, cash management plans, capital budgets, ratios and other tools to assist the leader in directing the organization. In addition, pricing strategies, economic decision-making models, financing options and internal accountability will be considered. Finally, measurements of financial performance and requirements for validity of financial information will be discussed from the perspective of what the leader needs to know to function effectively and meet his/her financial responsibilities.

Upper-Division Courses (18 hrs.)

CRIM 301: Principles of Forensic Science
3 credit hours

Designed to acquaint the student with procedures utilized in the investigation of a crime. It considers theories of physical sciences as they apply to the investigative methodology of a crime. The process is examined within the context of the most recent technological advances in criminal investigation.

CRIM 332: Juvenile Delinquency
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PSYCH 120 or CRIM 120 or SOCI 120. A systematic analysis of theories of juvenile delinquency and how the juvenile justice system manages delinquents. Consideration is also given to solutions of delinquency.

CRIM 342: The Correctional System
3 credit hours

Provides a basic framework for understanding crime and criminal justice. Topics include: community-based treatment programs, correctional treatment institutions and civil rights of offenders.

CRIM 360: The Judicial Process
3 credit hours

An in-depth look at the judicial branch of government, emphasizing the state and federal judicial systems. The role of the prosecution, defense, judge and jury are examined, as well as judicial procedure.

BSCI 493: Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: CCPS-Senior standing, BSCI 200BSCI 274. Day-BSCI 109, BSCI 200, BSCI 275, BSCI 275-L. This is the capstone course for the major. Current issues in the field are researched and presented in a seminar setting. Students practice the writing, oral communication and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in graduate school and their future careers.

EMMT 405: Public Information Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Junior standing and EMMT 202. A review of the skills needed to effectively deal with the public and media before, during, and after an emergency event. Topics will include: understanding the roles and responsibilities of the Public Information Officer, understanding the roles and responsibilities of the media, conducting awareness campaigns, writing news releases, public speaking, granting interviews, media management, and dealing with high-profile incidents.

Leadership Concentration (6 hrs.)

LDST 310: Contemporary Workforce Issues
3 credit hours

This course explores current workplace issues faced by leaders in public and private sector organizations. Course content includes a discussion of present-day topics including discrimination, sexual harassment, disability law, the "glass ceiling" as it relates to women in leadership, unions and their continued applicability in American industry, international cultures and their impact on organizations, as well as technology and its applications and challenges. General management of all types of organizations and personnel will also be considered.

LDST 331: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
3 credit hours

This course examines conflict causes and effects as well as ethical issues. Students will use case studies and simulations to practice skills for conflict resolution. An investigation of theoretical and practical aspects of conflict assessment, negotiation, problem solving and mediation are integral to this process.