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 Requirements42
Lower-Level Criminal Justice Required Core *
CJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 1306Courts and Criminal Procedure3
CJ 1307Crime in America 3
CJ 1310Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CJ 1313Juvenile Justice System 3
CJ 2301Community-Based Corrections 3
CJ 2313Correctional Systems 3
CJ 2314Criminal Investigation 3
CJ 2323Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
CJ 2328Police Systems & Practices3
Applied Major Courses **
CJCB 30221st Century Policing3
CJCB 303Ethics, Values and Professionalism in Policing3
CJCB 304Critical Incident Decision Management3
CJCB 305Communication3
CJCB 306Officer Wellness3
CJCB 307Technical Writing 1
CJCB 308Crime Analysis 2
CJCB 402Leadership3
CJCB 403Policing the Future3
CJCB 499Capstone3
Support Courses
CJCB 309Procedural Justice3
CJCB 404Critical Shift3
CJCB 405Evidence-Based Policing3
CJCB 406Implicit bias3
CJCB 407Organizational Culture in Public Safety3
CJCB 408Critical Thinking & Decision Making3
CJCB 409Homeland Security/Terrorism3
Total Hours120