Bachelor of Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement

Secure the safety of your fellow citizens. Be a part of one of the noblest, most selfless professions. Become a police officer. Learn the theories and practices used to analyze and solve crime, in both juvenile and adult law enforcement. With a solid foundation from TU, our grads have become criminal investigators and detectives, fraud investigators, intelligence analysts, police officers and prosecutor’s office investigators. Become a part of the team.

A Practical Education For Real Impact In The Law Enforcement Field

The law enforcement profession in the United States confronts some of the most difficult problems and issues that any nation can experience as it provides public safety services to our citizens. The Tiffin University Bachelor of Criminal Justice (BCJ) degree with a major in Law Enforcement provides you with the necessary foundation for successful employment and practice. At TU you will receive an innovative academic and practical education in the law, the behavioral sciences, and the political process.


Balancing Public Order & Individual Liberty

Successful baccalaureate degree graduates in law enforcement must comprehend the mission, structure, goals, and operations of police agencies at the local, state and federal levels in a democratic society. The prevention, repression and control of crime in America requires that law enforcement agents appreciate the critical role they play in balancing public order and individual liberty. Tiffin University’s education provides you with the background and real-world experience to meet this challenge.


What You Can Expect From Your TU Law Enforcement Degree:

  • Graduates will be able to describe the four major features of the law enforcement officer role in American society.
  • Graduates will be able to explain the main components of community policing.
  • Graduates will be able to describe key ethical and legal dilemmas associated with the police role.
  • Graduates will be able to critically evaluate by means of written and oral communication the quality of a major criminal investigation involving crimes against persons, property, technology, and the environment.
  • Graduates will be able to identify violations of criminal law and assess the correct, constitutional procedures for investigation.
  • Graduates will be able to evaluate criminalistic behaviors and patterns.
  • Graduates will be familiar with the special process applicable to juveniles within the criminal justice system.
  • Graduates will be able to identify and understand the applicability of relevant computer systems used in the profession.
  • Graduates will demonstrate applied theory and learned knowledge through practical application in the field.


Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA)

To be a sworn police officer in Ohio, you must successfully complete the Ohio Police Officer Training Academy (OPOTA). Tiffin University partners with Terra State Community College to include the cost of the academy in tuition and can be earned in just one semester.

This unique training academy is state mandated for all police officers and covers firearms, legal administration, human relations, traffic, patrol, driving, subject control, investigations, civil disorder, physical conditioning and other aspects of law enforcement. Students apply direct, hands-on practice in the crime lab, firing range and police cruisers. With experienced, certified instructors and hands-on application, our students consistently achieve passing rates on the state-certified exam.

Once graduates of the program earn the certification, they are immediately eligible for full-time employment.


“Tiffin University gave me my best friend and pushed me to my highest potential. The OPOTA program put me ahead in the hiring process and my bachelor’s degree set me apart from other candidates.”

Cassidy Ralph
Hometown: Marion, Ohio
Graduation: Spring, 2019
Major: Bachelor of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement
Position: Police Officer with the City of Marysville Division of Police

Core Curriculum of the School of Criminal Justice – 18 hours
​Law Enforcement Major – 46 hours

  • CDS334 Technology and Crime
  • COR120 Correctional Thought and Practice
  • COR231 Juvenile Justice Systems
  • ENF150 Police and Society
  • ENF239 Applied Criminal Investigation and Criminalistics
  • ENF293 Criminology (w)
  • ENF335 Law Enforcement Supervision
  • ENF355 Forensic Investigation of Sex Crimes
  • ENF420 Investigative Interview
  • ENF450 Crime Analysis
  • ENF460 Evidence Processing (w)
  • FOR105 Victimology
  • JUS465 Criminal Trial Evidence
  • JUS461 Capstone Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (w)
  • PSY101 Introduction to Psychology

Total Bachelor of Criminal Justice – 121 hours


This is a sample course sequence to illustrate course offerings for this major. Consult the official Academic Bulletin for detailed registration and advising information.

On Campus - Offered in a 15-week semester format with start dates of January and August

Online - Offered in two terms per semester starting in January, March, May, July, August and October

There are no related concentrations available

Law Enforcement Supervision (ENF335) - A study of management theories and their impact on law enforcement agencies. Topics include, but are not limited to, agency structure, management of personnel, fiscal management and civil and criminal liabilities for police personnel.

Crime Analysis (ENF450) - An introduction to the concept, applications, and methods of crime analysis as it is employed in municipal, county, state and federal law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies. The course will include how to form a crime analysis unit which has effective relationships with patrol, criminal investigation and other field operations units, and will focus on methods of how to collect, collate, analyze and employ crime date to predict future criminal events, including when and where perpetrators will strike. Managerial and supervisory responsibilities in a crime analysis unit will also be discussed. The course is directed toward preparing students to obtain an entry-level crime analysis position in a law enforcement agency.

Juvenile Justice Systems (COR231) - The history, concepts and scope of the juvenile justice system and its contrast with the adult system of justice. Includes an analysis of the juvenile justice process from initial intervention of delinquency and status offenses by law enforcement personnel and others through release from intervention

Police and Society (ENF150) - A study of the various response methodologies available to the patrol officer in assisting the citizen’s request for police service. Discusses traffic enforcement from the stop of the violator through traffic accident investigation.

  • Corrections
  • Highway Patrol Officer
  • Corporate Security
  • County Sheriff’s Deputy
  • Criminal Investigator / Detective
  • Fraud Investigator
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Police Officer / Program Administrator
  • Prosecutor’s Office Investigator
  • Special Agent

While it is extremely competitive to obtain such appointments, TU alumni have gone on to careers in these agencies:

  • Correctional Officer
  • Federal Police Departments
  • Local Police Departments
  • Private Security
  • State Police Departments

If you want to learn more about our online or on-campus programs for working adults, click here.


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