In the criminal justice system, police officers, detectives and investigators need strong and supportive leaders behind the scenes so they can do their best work on the front lines.
The Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Advancement degree at Grand Canyon University (GCU) explores all components of the justice system while maintaining an emphasis on advanced leadership models for law enforcement professionals.
As a student in this bachelor’s degree law enforcement program, you will have the opportunity to prepare for advancement within your organization; developing the skills necessary to lead your agencies through the challenges of policing diverse communities facing modern policing problems.
About GCU’s Online Law Enforcement Advancement Degree
The 120-credit online law enforcement degree at GCU is offered 100% online so you can complete your undergraduate studies with added flexibility and convenience. You will learn from expert faculty in the criminal justice field and have access to helpful online learning resources throughout the program.
At the conclusion of the bachelor’s degree law enforcement program, you will complete a capstone course, which provides the opportunity to create a community policing strategic plan through a thorough step-by-step process.
Earn Your BS Degree in Law Enforcement Advancement
If you have a desire to serve and protect those in your community, earning your bachelor’s degree in law enforcement is your first step. GCU is committed to guiding you through the program and developing your skills so you can become a leader the criminal justice field needs.
Pursue Schooling for Law Enforcement to Advance Your Career
Schooling for law enforcement professionals is designed to provide future leaders with the skills needed to guide and support their teams on the front lines. Earning a Bachelor of Science in Law Enforcement Advancement degree can help prepare you for career advancement or for future study in an advanced criminal justice degree program.
Bachelor’s Degree Law Enforcement Advancement FAQs
If you want to learn more about schooling for law enforcement professionals, read our answers to these frequently asked questions.
1 Retrieved from news.gcu.edu in August 2016
2 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Police and Detectives, retrieved on March 9, 2023.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, cross-cultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
* Please note that this list may contain programs and courses not presently offered, as availability may vary depending on class size, enrollment and other contributing factors. If you are interested in a program or course listed herein please first contact your University Counselor for the most current information regarding availability.
* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Programs or courses subject to change.