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. Up to 30 semester hours of lower-level Criminal Justice credit may be awarded for those with certification (see note below). Up to 84 semester hours may be transferred into the program and the remaining courses are offered in 7-week terms.

Students who have completed  the certification programs below may receive up to 30 semester hours of credit for the lower-level criminal justice required core courses once they have successfully completed 30 semesters hours from A&M Commerce.

  • Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) 
  • Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET)  for the State of Oklahoma  
  • Department of Homeland Security United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Integrated Training Program via the United States Border Patrol Agency (federal)
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

Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who have already earned a bachelor’s degree, but are seeking a second bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Law Enforcement Leadership must complete:

(HIST 1301 History of the United States through Reconstruction, HIST 1302 History of the United States From Reconstruction,PSCI 2305 United States Government and Politics, PSCI 2306 Texas Government and Politics) CJCB 302 21st Century Policing; CJCB 303 Ethics, Values and Professionalism in Policing; CJCB 304 Critical Incident Decision Management; CJCB 305 Communication; CJCB 306 Officer Wellness; CJCB 307 Technical Writing ; CJCB 308 Crime Analysis ; CJCB 402 Leadership; CJCB 403 Policing the Future; CJCB 499 Capstone; one advisor-approved CJCB course of their choice.  All CJCB courses must be completed with a grade of B or better.  No transfer hours or Law Enforcement Certification hours allowed.