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Persons trained for the law enforcement field are in high demand in many public and private organizations. Columbus State’s Law Enforcement program teaches students the technical skills they need to enter or advance in a wide variety of positions in criminal justice. Three associate degree majors give students a range of options to meet their personal career goals.

The Corrections major trains students for careers in probation, parole, correctional institutions, community-based correctional programs, and social service agencies. The Law Enforcement major prepares students for a variety of careers in federal, state, or local law enforcement agencies. The Law Enforcement Major – Academy Track offers additional training required by the Ohio Peace Officers Training Council (OPOTC) for certified peace officers. Graduates of the Academy Track are eligible to take the OPOTC certification exam.

Specific Program Admissions Information

Listed below are additional requirements for admission to the Academy Track Program. Applicants must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED equivalency
  • Pass a physical
  • Take a personality factor inventory
  • Submit to a criminal history check (Students with prior felony convictions may be excluded from the program; contact the department chairperson for more information.)
  • Possess a valid Ohio driver’s license
  • Complete a supplemental application required by the department.

Upon completion of the Associate Degree in Law Enforcement, the graduate will be able to:

  • Locate and apply criminal law correctly
  • Prepare required reports accurately and in a concise, readable style
  • Prepare cases for trial and professionally testify in a court of law.

Corrections Major

In addition to the general Law Enforcement competencies, a graduate majoring in Corrections will be able to:

  • Prepare pre-sentence reports and other required reports accurately
  • Demonstrate knowledge of effective correctional institution security measures.

Law Enforcement Major

In addition to the general Law Enforcement competencies, a graduate majoring in Law Enforcement will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper arrest procedures
  • Locate applicable case law
  • Process information at an accident scene and correctly complete required reports
  • Identify hazardous materials and initiate proper response.

Law Enforcement Major – Academy Track

In addition to the general Law Enforcement competencies, and the Law Enforcement major competencies, a graduate majoring in Law Enforcement – Academy Track will be able to:

  • Understand how to use and safely handle the double-action revolver, the semi-automatic pistol, and the shotgun
  • Demonstrate proficiency with the handgun and shotgun to current Ohio Peace Officer Training Council (OPOTC) standards for qualification
  • Perform safe and effective driving maneuvers to current OPOTC standards
  • Demonstrate basic crowd control techniques and riot formations
  • Demonstrate recommended self-defense techniques.

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Corrections Major

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
LAWE 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
LAWE 104 Government and the Law 3
LAWE 120 Criminology 3
CIT 101 PC Applications 1 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 15

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
LAWE 208 Community Based Corrections 3
MATH 102 Beginning Algebra I 4
ANTH 240 Forensic Anthropology 5
LAWE 204 Juvenile Procedures 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 18

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
COMM 105 Speech 3
LAWE 121 Juvenile Delinquency 3
LAWE 124 Penology 3
SSCI 101 Cultural Diversity 5
LAWE XXX Law Enforcement Elective 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 17

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
LAWE 268 Hazardous Materials 3
LAWE 212 Ohio Criminal Code 4
LAWE 110 Criminal Investigation I 4
LAWE 210 Crisis Intervention 3
LAWE 128 Special Category Offenders 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 17

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
COMM 204 Technical Writing 3
(or)
COMM 200 Business Communications 3
LAWE 112 Criminal Investigation II 4
LAWE 219 Correctional Law 4
LAWE 211 Institutional Corrections 3
NSCI 101 Natural Science I (or)
CHEM 111 Elementary Chemistry I 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 19

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
HUM XXX Humanities 111, 112, 113, 151, 152 or 224 5
LAWE 221 Counseling: Probation and Parole 4
LAWE 223 Correctional Administration 3
LAWE 256 Law Enforcement Practicum I 2
LAWE 257 Law Enforcement Practicum Seminar I 1
LAWE 271 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 18
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS 104

Technical Electives must be selected from the following list of courses:

LAWE 102 Patrol Procedures 3
LAWE 111 Criminalistics I 3
LAWE 115 Community and Personal Relations 3
LAWE 220 Constitutional Law 4
LAWE 241 Correctional Internship I (and) 1
LAWE 249 Corrections Seminar II 1
LAWE 252 Police Administration 3
LAWE 253 Criminal Procedure 3
LAWE 260 Criminal Evidence and Trial 3
LAWE 299 Special Topics in Law Enforcement 3
LAWE 215 Introduction to Cyberlaw 3
SPAN 100 Spanish for the Professions 3

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Law Enforcement Major 

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
LAWE 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
LAWE 104 Government and the Law 3
LAWE 120 Criminology 3
LAWE 253 Criminal Procedure 3
LAWE 102 Patrol Procedures 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 18

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
CIT 101 PC Applications 1 3
LAWE 115 Community and Personal Relations 3
MATH 102 Beginning Algebra 4
LAWE 204 Juvenile Procedures 3
EMS 123 Emergency Psychiatric Intervention 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 19

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
COMM 105 Speech 3
LAWE 125 Traffic Accident Investigation 3
LAWE 252 Police Administration 3
SSCI 101 Cultural Diversity 3
or
ANTH 240 Forensic Anthropology 5
LAWE 271 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 17

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
LAWE 110 Criminal Investigation I 4
LAWE 268 Hazardous Materials 3
LAWE 212 Ohio Criminal Code 4
LAWE 111 Criminalistics I 3
LAWE 210 Crisis Intervention 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 17

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
COMM 204 Technical Writing (or) 3
or
COMM 200 Business Communications 3
LAWE 112 Criminal Investigation II 4
NSCI 101 Natural Science I 5
or
CHEM 111 Elementary Chemistry I 5
LAWE 260 Criminal Evidence and Trial 3
LAWE XXX Enforcement Electives 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 18

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
HUM XXX Humanities 111, 112, 113, 151, 152 or 224 5
LAWE 220 Constitutional Law 3
LAWE 135 Terrorism 3
LAWE 256 Law Enforcement Practicum I 2
LAWE 257 Law Enforcement Practicum Seminar I 1
LAWE XXX Law Enforcement Elective 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 17
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS 106

Technical Electives must be selected from the following list of courses:

LAWE 113 Criminalistics II 3
LAWE 121 Juvenile Delinquency 3
LAWE 124 Penology 3
LAWE 128 Special Category Offenders 3
LAWE 205 Contemporary Corrections 3
LAWE 208 Community Based Corrections 3
LAWE 211 Institutional Corrections 3
LAWE 219 Correctional Law 3
LAWE 221 Counseling Probation and Parole 4
LAWE 223 Correctional Administration 3
LAWE 277 Emergency Aircraft Assault 3
LAWE 299 Special Topics in Law Enforcement 3
LAWE 215 Introduction to Cyberlaw 3
SPAN 100 Spanish for the Professions 3
LAWE 276 Criminalistics III 3

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Law Enforcement Major – Academy Track

Quarter 1

Course Name Credits
ENGL 101 Beginning Composition 3
LAWE 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
LAWE 104 Government and the Law 3
LAWE 120 Criminology 3
LAWE 253 Criminal Procedure 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 15

Quarter 2

Course Name Credits
ENGL 102 Essay and Research 3
MATH 102 Beginning Algebra I 4
SSCI 101 Cultural Diversity 5
or
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 5
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 12

Quarter 3

Course Name Credits
COMM 105 Speech 3
NSCI 101 Natural Science I 5
CIT 101 PC Applications 1 3
LAWE 124 Penology 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 14

Quarter 4

Course Name Credits
LAWE 111 Criminalistics I 3
SPAN 100 Spanish for the Professions 3
LAWE 135 Terrorism 3
LAWE 204 Juvenile Procedures 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 12

Quarter 5

Course Name Credits
COMM 200 Business Communications 3
or
COMM 204 Technical Writing 3
LAWE 256 Law Enforcement Practicum I 2
LAWE 257 Law Enforcement Practicum Seminar I 1
HUM XXX Humanities 111, 112, 113, 151, 152 or 224 5
LAWE 260 Criminal Evidence and Trial 3
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 14

Quarter 6

Course Name Credits
LAWE 110* Criminal Investigation I 4
LAWE 220* Constitutional Law 3
LAWE 102* Patrol Procedures 3
LAWE 125* Traffic Accident Investigation 3
LAWE 265 * Police Physical Fitness 3
LAWE 210 * Crisis Intervention 3
LAWE 272* Alcohol Detection, Apprehension and Prosecution 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 21

Quarter 7

Course Name Credits
LAWE 264* Police Firearms 3
LAWE 263* Arrest and Control 3
LAWE 212* Ohio Criminal Code 4
LAWE 112* Criminal Investigation II 4
LAWE 115* Community and Personal Relations 3
LAWE 261* Defensive Driving and Emergency Response 2
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 19
TOTAL DEGREE CREDIT HOURS 107

*These classes contain Student Performance Objectives and attendance must be maintained.

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