What Can I Do With A Degree In Law and Society?

Become A State-Level or Federal Police Officer

What is a State-Level or Federal Police Officer?

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Police Officers are law enforcement officials responsible for the legal protection of people and property through the enforcement of laws, legal codes and statutes defining lawful and unlawful acts within a state’s jurisdiction. State-level Police Officers are given to legal authority to make arrest, investigate suspicious behaviors leading to misdemeanor of felony acts, conduct searches and seizures, and provide courtroom testimony. Federal Police Officers enforce federal laws and regulations within specific federal agency. As a federal law enforcement, officer primary responsibilities would include the protection of government personnel and property, and conduct preliminary investigations on incidents ranging from policy violations to major felonies. Other duties include crime scene assessments, interview witnesses and prepare cases for prosecution by Federal, State, or City prosecutors, and maintaining safety and security to people and property in government facility.

What Employers Look For

Many employers look for universal skills such as communication, cultural awareness, customer-centered focus, ability to problem-solve, and build working relationships. To be marketable in today’s work force, persons should strengthen their abilities be flexible while adapting to change in a technology based, highly diverse, and rapidly changing globalized society. Skills such as resilience, problem solving and adaptability are valuable at work as well as in life.

How Law And Society Enhances Career Development

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Law and Society provide a series of criminal justice related coursework where students explore how individual’s behavior choices shape society. The curriculum provides a series of courses designed to improve critical thinking, challenging ideas on human interaction, understanding the influences of human behavior and decision-making, problem solving, logical and quantitative thinking, oral and written communication, and practical application of sociological theories to investigate modern-day political, cultural, and social problems.

How Sociology Prepares Students For A Career As A Police Officer

Students majoring in Law and Society are required to complete 33-34 credit hours of coursework in specified Sociology courses.

The degree focus consist of fifteen (15) required credit hours of coursework designed to build a foundation in sociological inquiry and quantitative methods, and nine (9) credit hours of Law and Process courses, and nine hours of sociology electives.

Targeted coursework for a career as a Police Officer include

  • SOC 220 Social Problems
  • SOC 324 Criminology
  • SOC 328 Criminal Justice
  • SOC 402 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 326 Social Conflict and Criminal Justice
  • SOC 352 Drug, Culture, and Society
  • SOC 411 Social Inequality
  • SOC 419 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 426 Social Deviance and Control

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