At EKU, we offer you the chance to study at the only four-year police studies program in Kentucky, and one of the few in the country. Here you’ll study under internationally renown professors who write the books other colleges are using in their curriculums. You’ll meet law enforcement professionals from around the country who will help prepare you for the reality associated with your chosen career.
State and Local Law Enforcement (State Police, County Sheriff's Office, City Police)
Federal Law Enforcement (ATF, FBI, Secret Service, Park Service, Fish & Wildlife)
State and Local Corrections (Probation, Parole, Prisons, Jails)
Federal Corrections (Bureau of Prisons, Probation and Parole)
Corporate / Industrial Security Services
Crime Policy Analyst
Crime Scene Investigators
State and Federal Courts
U.S. Military Services
Total Curriculum Requirements: 120 Hours
37 hrs - Gen Ed. / Univ. Requirements
24 hrs - Core Courses (Listed below)
24 hrs - PLS Electives
6-9 hrs - Supporting Courses
26-29 hrs - Free Electives
Total Curriculum Req: 64 Hours
37 hrs - Gen Ed. / Univ. Requirements
15 hrs - Core Courses*
12 hrs - PLS Electives
Total Curriculum Req: 18 Hours (9 hrs - Core Courses)
CRJ 101, PLS 103, PLS 414 9 hrs - PLS Electives (Upper Division)
*Indicates core course requirement in course descriptions below.
CRJ 101 - Introduction to Criminal Justice*
A general overview of the criminal justice system including a descrip- tion of the major agencies; police, prosecution, courts, and corrections, and analysis of their interdependence in the criminal justice process.
CRJ 331 - Criminological Theory
Overview of crime and its control. Examines law making, law breaking, and the social response from theoretical perspectives including social, economic, cultural, symbolic, phychological and biological. Includes historical and contemporary developments.
CRJ 388 - Research Methods
Overview of the research process, with emphasis on finding, using and evaluating criminal justice research. Examination of both quantitative and qualitative social science research methods and procedures ap- propriate to the study of crime policy and criminal justice.
CRJ 400 - Criminal Justice Statistics
Analytical and statistical concepts and procedures relevant to crime and criminal justice data. Includes quantitative and qualitative techniques.
PLS 103 - Police Order Maintenance & Crime*
Overview of police functions and responsibilities at the local, state and federal levels. Police operations are examined relative to effectiveness in crime control, delivery of services and maintenance of order.
PLS 326 - Ethical Decisions and Police*
Police conduct is examined relative to ethical and legal princples. Application of federal and state civil, criminal and administrative law including civil rights issues.
PLS 414 - Social Forces and Policing Society*
Examines the history and evolution of policing the United States with an emphasis on the political, social, cultural, legal and organiza- tional forces that have molded that history. The roles and functions of police in America are examined in detail within the context of race, class and gender.
PLS 415 - Contemporary Police Strategies*
Review of contemporary police issues, programs, and strategies. Detailed analysis and evaluation of police practices, including impact on the relationship between the police and the community. Assessment of police reform measures and accountability mechanism.
Choose from any of the electives listed below:
PLS 103 Police, Order, Maintenance, and Crime
PLS 216 Criminal Law
PLS 220 Criminal Investigation
PLS 315 Police Administration and Management Criminal Evidence
PLS 316 Ethical Decisions and Police
PLS 330 Topics in Police Studies
PLS 349 Applied Learning in Police Administration Terrorism / Counterterrorism
PLS 380 Police in Popular Media
PLS 385 Police Related Violence
PLS 401 Multi-Culturalism and Policing
PLS 403 Homicide
PLS 408 Policing and Technology
PLS 410 Policing and Community
PLS 414 Social Forces and Policing Society
PLS 415 Contemporary Police Strategies
PLS 416 Criminal Procedure
PLS 420 Surveillance and Society
Students may also choose elective courses from Criminal Justice (CRJ) to meet the Police Studies elective requirement.
Information based on EKU's 2022/2023 course catalog and is subject to change.