A.S. in Law Enforcement

The following curriculum is offered to better assist law enforcement officers in the performance of their duties. The A.S. degree program requires a minimum of 60 hours, 20 of which must be sophomore level (2000 level) or above. All of the 60 hours may be applied to a 120 semester hour Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.  The Associate of Arts may be completed in four semesters of full time work (two years). Associate of Science in Criminal Justice Degree Plan
General Education Requirements:

MATH 1302, College Algebra, or MATH 1315, College Math
RHET 1311, Composition I
RHET 1312, Composition II
POLS 1310, American National Government
SPCH 1300, Speech Communication

Pattern Requirements:

Three (3) semester hours from among the following courses:

JOUR 2330, Mass Media and Society
SOCI 2300, Introduction to Sociology
PSYC 2300, Psychology & the Human Experience

Required Courses for the A.S. Degree:
CRJU 2300 – Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRJU 3304 – Police and Society, plus nine (9) hours chosen from 3000 and 4000 level Criminal Justice courses. At least nine (9) hours must be taken within the Department.

Twenty-nine (29) hours to be selected in consultation with an advisor.  Students who may pursue a bachelor’s degree at a later date are advised to select their electives from the UALR core.

Further Study:
Students who are contemplating study for the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree after obtaining an A.S. degree should be advised of the pattern requirements. They include:

  • English 2337, 2338 or Philosophy 2320;
  • A foreign language fluency of no more than nine (9) hours;
  • Six (6) hours of fine arts courses;
  • Eight (8) hours of laboratory science;
  • History 1311 and 1312; and,
  • Six (6) hours of introductory social sciences courses.

At least forty-five (45) hours of upper level (3000 and 4000 level) courses are required. A thirty (30) hour major and an eighteen (18) hour minor are also required.

For further information consult the Undergraduate Catalog or contact the Department of Criminal Justice at (501) 569-3195.