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).

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.