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About This Program

The Law Enforcement specialization of the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares students for a career in law enforcement. Students gain crucial knowledge in areas of particular interest to law enforcement agencies that include police operations and administration, community policing and law enforcement management.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice specializing in Law Enforcement can lead to the following career paths:

  • Parole/Probation Officer (Adult or Juvenile)
  • Police Officer (State, County or Local)
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Bailiff

OR as an agent with a variety of federal agencies like FBI, DEA, ATF, Secret Service, US Marshals and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement

Course Format

Salem offers undergraduate and graduate programs of study with continuous enrollment via distance education or on ground at our Salem, West Virginia campus. Courses are delivered in a monthly format (4-weeks) and completed on ground, online, or through a blended approach that uses both delivery methods. Online courses are structured to work within the constraints of full- time employment, allowing you to earn your degree with minimum disruption to your busy schedule. Traditional on ground programs of study are available for campus residents and commuter students.

Course Numbers/Names

The Criminal Justice degree program consists of the following core courses:

  • CJU205 Criminal Law
  • CJU210 Criminal Evidence and Constitutional Procedure
  • CJU230 Criminal Investigation and Forensics
  • CJU233 Crisis Intervention
  • CJU242 Domestic Violence
  • CJU270 Terrorism
  • CJU405 Constitutional Law
  • CJU408 Criminal Justice Research and Statistics
  • CJU440 Ethics in Criminal Justice
  • CJU499 Capstone

In addition to the core courses, students in the Law Enforcement specialization will take:

  • CJU220 Corrections Systems & Operations
  • CJU221 Juvenile Justice
  • CJU320 Corrections Administration
  • CJU360 Legal Issues in Corrections
  • CJU449 Criminal Justice Management OR CJU450 Special Topics

Admission Requirements

Admission to Salem is open to all qualified applicants regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or ability/disability. Anyone wishing to attend Salem can obtain the necessary application from the Office of Admissions or online from our website at www.salemu.edu. The completed application should be submitted to the Office of Admissions at the earliest possible date. A nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants. The University admits students on a rolling, monthly start basis. Acceptance is within the discretion of Salem International University; some programs have additional admissions requirements.