Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement

Associate in Applied Science (AAS)
Certificate of Proficiency (CP)

Accelerate your career: Start at entry level, or earn college credit to move up the ladder.

All courses available online: Flexible options also include evening classes and 8-week hybrid courses.

Outstanding Faculty: Practicing professionals (including police officers and lawyers) bring real-world experience to the classroom.


Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement – Two degree options:

  • Associate in Applied Science Degree: 64-67-credit-hour program
    • Prepares students for entry-level employment in the criminal justice system.
    • Program includes general education courses as well as concentrated coursework in law enforcement.
  • Certificate of Proficiency: 33-credit-hour program
    • Prepares students for employment and advancement in law enforcement.
    • Students gain a sound background in legal procedures, writing skills and a basic understanding of the government process.

One-on-one advice and guidance: In addition to academic requirements, jobs in Criminal Justice often have various other requirements. We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor, or one of the program coordinators, for help in creating the career pathway that’s right for you.

Strong foundation for career success: STLCC covers hands-on job skills that others don’t teach. Students will gain a working knowledge of criminal law and procedures, constitutional law and rules of evidence, and criminal investigations.

Faculty: STLCC draws its faculty members from professional ranks, including judges, lawyers, police officers, detectives and federal agents. You’ll learn from working professionals who can take you far beyond the textbook and share insight into real cases, instructors who will help you see how the system actually works.

Stackable: Earn a certificate in Criminal Justice and your credits will apply towards the related AAS degree.

All classes in this program are offered online: STLCC gives you flexible options to fit your schedule. In addition to our online course schedule, evening classes are available on a rotating basis, and we also feature eight-week hybrid courses.

More than one million students have attended STLCC. It’s the largest institute of higher education in the region, and the second largest in Missouri.

To find out if STLCC is right for you, we invite you to visit. You can meet with one of our faculty members, tour the campus, and get answers to questions. Click Here


Jobs in Criminal Justice often have additional requirements such as background checks, credit checks, psychological testing and Police Academy training. Therefore we invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor or program coordinator for help in creating the career pathway that’s right for you.

  • Police Officer
  • Juvenile Deputy Officer
  • Security Officer for Corporations
  • Corrections Dispatch
  • Researcher in Statistical Areas of Criminal Justice
  • Probation and Parole Officers
  • Police Departments
  • State Department of Corrections
  • Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Private Security Organizations
  • Insurance Companies
  • Banks
  • Retail Operations

Agencies that have hired STLCC grads:

  • St. Louis Metropolitan Police
  • St. Louis County Police
  • Missouri State Highway Patrol
  • St. Charles Police Department (Missouri)
  • Illinois State Police
  • St. Louis Community College Police
  • Dallas Police Department (Texas)
  • United States Attorney
  • G2 Security
  • Macy’s Loss Prevention
  • WalMart Loss Prevention
  • Missouri Probation and Parole
  • Missouri Department of Corrections
  • Missouri Eastern Correctional Center
  • US Bureau of Prisons
  • Homeland Security
  • Transportation Security Administration
  • St. Louis University Department of Public Safety
  • Des Peres Police (Missouri)
Gainful Employment Data – (CP)
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Florissant Valley
Wesley Bell, J.D.
Phone: 314-513-4704
Forest Park
William E. Tucker, J.D.
Phone: 314-644-9652
Michael Robert Hepner, Ed.D.
Phone: 314-984-7471


Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement (AAS) 64 - 67 Credits

Associate in Applied Science Degree
Program total 64-67 credits
I. Career General Education 30-33 credits
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
ENG:102 College Composition II 3
COM:101 Oral Communication I 3
XXX:xxx Missouri State Requirement 3
XXX:xxx Social Science (PSY or SOC) 6
PHL:104 Ethics 3
MTH:xxx Mathematics 100 level or above 3-4
XXX:xxx Science Requirement 3-4
IS:116 Microcomputer Literacy (or)
IS:151 Computer Applications in Business 3-4
II. Physical Education Activity 2 credits
III. Area of Concentration 21 credits
CRJ:111 Rules of Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ:122 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ:123 Juvenile Justice 3
CRJ:124 Criminal Law and Procedures 3
CRJ:207 Police Supervision 3
CRJ:206 Management of Human Conflicts (or)
SOC:203 Criminology and Deviance 3
CRJ:212 Criminal Investigation 3
IV. Electives 11 credits
Program total 33 Credits
CRJ:111 Rules of Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ:122 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ:123 Juvenile Justice 3
CRJ:124 Criminal Law and Procedures 3
CRJ:207 Police Supervision 3
CRJ:212 Criminal Investigation 3
ENG:101 College Composition I 3
CRJ:206 Management of Human Conflicts (or)
SOC:203 Criminology and Deviance 3
PHL:104 Ethics 3
Select one course: 3
HST:100 American Civilization
HST:101 American History I
HST:102 American History II
PSC:101 Introduction to American Politics
PSC:103 State and Urban Politics
Electives 3 credits
Recommended electives include courses in criminal justice, human services, and sociology as related to the Criminal Justice field.

We invite you to meet with an STLCC advisor for one-on-one help in planning your pathway to this rewarding career. Click Here

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STLCC’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board brings together top professionals from the field of criminal justice. Members serve for two-year terms, and we work hand-in-hand with this elite group to evaluate and update our curriculum, stay up-to-date on the latest innovations, and promote networking.

Jessica Meyers
Victim Advocate
Crime Victim Advocacy Center

Heidi Moore
Criminal Justice Ministries

Tony Russo
St. Louis Community College Police

Chris Bingham
Assistant Director of Field Operations
SLU Public Safety

Rich Banahan
St. Louis Community College Police

Jennifer Sachse
Missouri Department of Corrections

Herb Bensen
St. Louis County Justice Center

Lt. William Kenny
St. Clair County Sheriff

Stephen Perry
Police Officer
St. Louis Metropolitan Police

Ron Grames
‎Instructional Technology Supervisor
St. Louis County Police Academy

Rich Groeneman

David Glenn
Commander of Training & Special Projects
St. Louis Public Schools Security



National Criminal Justice Reference Service is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy and program development worldwide.

The Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice provides direct services, technical assistance and policy research in the criminal justice field.

Crime Scene and Evidence Photography provides articles and resources on crime scene photography.


The Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement program is offered at our Florissant Valley, Forest Park and Meramec campuses, as well as online. Students may take general education classes toward this degree at any of our four campuses, our five education centers, and online.


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