Law Enforcement

Students who seek a degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement will be prepared for many career opportunities. State Patrol, local police officers, and county sheriffs are the obvious careers. However, students will also be competitive for positions in many other areas. State, local and municipal agencies are willing to pay more for employees with a four-year degree in criminal justice and a concentration in law enforcement. Students considering work with any of the federal agencies will be required to have a bachelor’s degree, even if they hope to laterally move into federal law enforcement from a state or local agency.

Why a degree in Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement from Missouri Valley?

In a hands-on field, experiential learning is essential to preparing you for success. The small class sizes at MVC, offer an intimate learning environment that help you develop critical analytical skills, and knowledge of the research findings and methods used in the field. As a student in our program, you’ll build background knowledge in the theories that define deviance, and the laws and policies aimed at its control. This background will help you develop an awareness of individual rights and practice the proper procedures for criminal investigation and the subsequent actions necessary for court proceedings.

Career Possibilities

  • Local/Municipal Police Officer
  • County/Sheriff Officer
  • State Patrol Officer
  • Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Body Guard
  • Investigator
  • Detective

Graduate Program Possibilities

  • Terrorism (Bio, Counter, International)
  • Criminal Justice
  • Cyber Security
  • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting/Science
  • International Studies
  • Law Enforcement and Public Safety
  • Law School

Courses & Concentrations

Degree in Criminal Justice concentration in Law Enforcement

Our criminal justice, law enforcement degree is almost entirely made up of courses related to your concentration. Some coursework includes criminal law and the Constitution, forensic science, criminal evidence, minorities and criminal investigation. In addition, some coursework in sociology is required.

​ Major Checklist for Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement Concentration ​

Minor in Criminal Justice

A minor in criminal justice is a valuable asset for students who do not major in criminal justice, but wish to enter law school, desire to counsel children, or to counsel within the prison system. This is a great supplemental minor for those majoring in sociology or psychology, or to have as a second minor along with forensic science. You will study criminal procedures, law, and judicial process, amongst other topics, giving you a comprehensive understanding of criminal justice.

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Karen Reeter
Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
Charles Pappert, II
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice

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