The Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) online degree program in Law Enforcement at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus is designed to provide participants with up-to-date, industry-specific training that will enhance their professional opportunities. Tailored to teach participants how to handle the challenges of the law enforcement profession, this degree has been designed to appeal to and address the current critical shortages in the law enforcement profession.
This A.A.S. degree provides the college-level written and oral communications courses necessary for successful academy and workplace responsibilities. It is also composed to blend directly into Justice Bachelor Degrees offered by the University of Alaska Anchorage and the University of Alaska Fairbanks with no loss of credit.
Salaries range from $20,000 to roughly $75,000 per year, depending on position and location. Career options for students completing the program include:
- Village public safety officer
- Municipal police officer
- State Trooper
- Federal officer (Customs & Border Protection, FBI, DEA, Federal Marshalls, National Park Service and more)
- Support services (dispatcher, forensic technician, records and evidence clerk, etc.)
- Private security (ports, pipelines, military bases, hospitals, industrial and mining sites, retail centers, etc.)
Alaska is a great place to study law enforcement, because the rural nature of our communities and the cultural background of our indigenous people have created a mindset that tends to focus on mutual respect and the spirit of cooperation. These values are the key ingredients of a successful "keep the peace" role for professional police officers. Much of the western United States shares this rural ethos -- an independent spirit, often with a respect for wilderness and privacy.
This program requires 61 credit hours of course work:
- For the 31 credits hours of General Education Requirements (GERs), refer to the most current UAS academic catalog
- Introduction to Law Enforcement
- Policing in the Community
- Introduction to Addictions
- Rural Justice in Alaska
- Criminal Investigation and Interviewing
- Criminal Procedures
- Research Methodology
- Criminal Law
- Ethics in Criminal Justice
- Law Enforcement Practicum
The Associate of Applied Science in Law Enforcement degree requires completion of English S111 and Math S106.
Placement test scores determine where students start in Math and English courses.
We recommend you take your placement tests in advance to assess your abilities. Knowing your English and Math skill levels is an important part of selecting the right courses for your choice of study.
For detailed information on specific requirements for this program, please refer to the most current UAS academic catalog.