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Prepare for a career in law enforcement, corrections, or criminology on your timeline.  

Pursue Your Passion

Southeast Missouri State offers courses that foster critical and analytical thinking, writing, confidence, leadership, and life-long learning. Why? Because crime prevention, law enforcement, victim services, and rehabilitation demand strong skill sets and a powerful will to do.

Tailor Your Degree

We’ve designed two tracks to degree completion: an Academic/University track for those seeking a bachelor's degree and a Law Enforcement Academy track for those seeking specialized law enforcement training.

100% Flexible

Courses are 100% online, so you never have to set foot on campus! Class discussions happen in online forums, so you learn and network on a flexible schedule.

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  • Courses in law enforcement, corrections, and criminology
  • Potential credit for law enforcement academy training
  • Minors available to better position your career
  • Award-winning advising and coaching team
  • Year-round classes to reduce time to degree

We let our graduates do the talking...

"I'm thrilled to finally be entering the line of work that I care so deeply about. I think the part that excites me most is getting to interact with different aspects of the community and educating people on what police officers do. "Jennifer Rubin, Law Enforcement Academy, 2017, B.A. in Communication Studies, 2018

Our Alumni Go Places.

Below are just a few examples of the companies who hire graduates from the College of Humanities and Social Science at Southeast Missouri State.

  • Ameren
  • Ameri-Corp
  • Boeing
  • Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)
  • Enterprise Holdings
  • Fastenal
  • Guin, Mundorf LLC
  • Maritz
  • Missouri Botanical Gardens
  • Missouri Court of Appeals
  • Missouri History Museum
  • Missouri House of Representatives
  • Missouri Recovery Network
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • National Transportation Safety Board
  • Nestle Purina
  • Redwood Logistics
  • Sherwin Williams
  • State of Missouri
  • St. Louis Art Museum
  • The Center for Youth and Family
  • United States Air Force
  • United States Department of Forestry
  • United States Department of State
  • United States Peace Corps
  • United States Secret Service

Our criminal justice degree offers outstanding preparation for careers in criminal justice agencies (law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, etc.) as well as graduate school in criminal justice or related areas and law school. Our graduates are ready to meet the challenges of this rewarding field. Students who choose the Law Enforcement Academy track will complete 760 training hours in 19 weeks, which counts as 24 academic credits toward a degree, helping you advance your career.

  • Admission to the University meets requirements for entry into the criminal justice program. 

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  • CJ 100. Introduction to Criminal Justice.
    General survey of federal, state, and local agencies involved in administration of criminal justice including police, courts, and corrections. (3).
  • CJ 110. Introduction to Law Enforcement.
    Philosophy, history, and problems of law enforcement; organization and jurisdiction of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies will be examined. (3).
  • CJ 115. Introduction to Criminal Courts.
    Organization and structure of state and federal criminal courts. (3).

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  • "My teaching philosophy encourages mentorship and application of material through the use of real-life scenarios. I believe these two elements are essential for student growth."
    —Dr. Kristen N. Sobba, Ph.D.
    Department of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Sociology

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