BSCJ with Emphasis in Law Enforcement Leadership
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Law Enforcement Leadership (BSCJ-CJCB) at Texas A&M University-Commerce is a 100% online, competency-based program designed specifically for first responders: law enforcement, peace officers and military personnel with existing work experience, police academy training, or other certifications. Courses are offered in an accelerated format, so students can move swiftly through material they already have mastery over, and focus more attention on topics that are new and challenging to their existing knowledge base. The courses are self-paced, so students can work according to their own schedule. Students in the BSCJ-CJCB program develop practical workplace competencies that meet current and future challenges facing first responders today.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with emphasis in Law Enforcement Leadership requires the completion of 120 semester hours. The program is designed to meet the following student needs:
- Persons that hold an Associate (college track) degree in Criminal Justice from a regionally accredited institution.
- Persons that have completed at least 30 semester hours of Criminal Justice coursework from a community college or regionally accredited institution with grades of “C” or better.
- The ideal candidate for the BSCJ-CJCB degree is someone that has completed all of the General Education requirements (42 semester hours) prior to entering the program at A&M-Commerce.
- Persons who have the ability to take courses online. Thirty-six (36) upper level semester hours of the BSCJ-CJCB degree are required to be completed through instruction provided by Texas A&M University-Commerce.
- Students who lack the 30 semester hours of Criminal Justice Required Major Core Courses are encouraged to complete them at a community college, or seek credit through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) portfolio review. PLA portfolio review is a standardized process though which students can demonstrate college-level knowledge and experience in particular areas in order to gain credit for specific lower-level Criminal Justice courses. PLA portfolio review is available for up to 30 semester hours of courses in the Required Major Core Courses section of the degree plan. Please contact the program coordinator for additional information on how to submit a portfolio and the fees associated with this evaluation process.
- Students who do not meet the qualifications for the BSCJ-CJCB program should consider enrolling in our traditional 16-week Criminal Justice program through our Commerce campus, or one of the other adult-completer degree programs offered at Texas A&M University-Commerce.
|Core Curriculum Courses|
|See the Core Curriculum Requirements||42|
|Lower-Level Criminal Justice Required Core *|
|CJ 1301||Introduction to Criminal Justice||3|
|CJ 1306||Courts and Criminal Procedure||3|
|CJ 1307||Crime in America||3|
|CJ 1310||Fundamentals of Criminal Law||3|
|CJ 1313||Juvenile Justice System||3|
|CJ 2301||Community-Based Corrections||3|
|CJ 2313||Correctional Systems||3|
|CJ 2314||Criminal Investigation||3|
|CJ 2323||Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement||3|
|CJ 2328||Police Systems & Practices||3|
|Applied Major Courses **|
|CJCB 302||21st Century Policing||3|
|CJCB 303||Ethics, Values and Professionalism in Policing||3|
|CJCB 304||Critical Incident Decision Management||3|
|CJCB 306||Officer Wellness||3|
|CJCB 307||Technical Writing||1|
|CJCB 308||Crime Analysis||2|
|CJCB 403||Policing the Future||3|
|CJCB 309||Procedural Justice||3|
|CJCB 404||Critical Shift||3|
|CJCB 405||Evidence-Based Policing||3|
|CJCB 406||Implicit bias||3|
|CJCB 407||Organizational Culture in Public Safety||3|
|CJCB 408||Critical Thinking & Decision Making||3|
|CJCB 409||Homeland Security/Terrorism||3|
Required Core Courses - Require a grade of C or better.
Applied Major Courses - Require a grade of B or better.
Students may transfer in up to 12 semester hours in lower or upper level course work from a community college, another 4-year institution, PLA portfolio review, or approved transfer credit.
At least 9 semester hours must be upper level and completed at TAMUC (CJCB or ORGL) courses.