Program Overview

Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Law Enforcement Studies for students who are interested in careers in criminology, law enforcement, criminal justice, law, the courts, and the legal system. Students will learn about the processes involved in the investigation, arrest, and legal processes involved in trying suspects, as well as understanding the psychology and sociological factors that induce criminal behavior. Students will learn about statistical monitoring of criminal activity and learn how police forces and other agencies use statistics and other monitoring techniques in order to best manage and control criminal activity.

The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include introduction to criminal justice, sociology, English composition, humanities, social studies, dynamics of health and fitness, contemporary issues in policing, the juvenile justice process, state and local government, sociology of the family, police administration, criminal investigation, social aspects of literature, social problems, criminal law, criminology, speech communication, introduction to abnormal psychology, and psychology of human relations.   

Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field.  These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to explain concepts, theoretical perspectives, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice, to demonstrate the ability to apply legal and ethical principles to the criminal justice system, to describe the structure, function, and interaction of key institutions in criminal justice, to discuss the patterns, typologies, and root causes of crime, and to apply criminal justice concepts, processes, and practices to social justice and social change.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education

    School Overview

    In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.

    Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.

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