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Law Enforcement Operations Program

Program faculty

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Mark Feulner, PhD
Holley A-111-J

Lucy Hoover, LL M, JD
Holley A-111-C
(850) 770-2243

Charla Perdue, MS, MFS
Holley A-111-R
(850) 770-2207


Description of Major

A degree in law enforcement operations helps students understand the demands, functions, goals, management and leadership mechanisms of a police agency. The Public safety & Security/Law Enforcement Operations program integrates practical exercises with theoretical principles to provide students with the knowledge, skills and abilities required by a variety of jobs in law enforcement, security, intelligence services and investigative agencies. The guiding perspective of public safety as an operational spectrum is prevention to response to investigation, connected by a network of intelligence and facilitated by an over-arching management system.

Prerequisite Coursework: None

Admission Requirements for Law Enforcement Operations Majors:

All students must meet the foreign language admission requirement. In addition, applicants must meet one of the following:

  • Associate of Arts (A.A.) from a Florida public college. This will satisfy the Liberal Studies/general education requirement and must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Transfer students from a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. These students must have sixty or more semester hours of transferable credit, to include six hours of freshman English composition and six hours of mathematics/statistics. Transfer students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. These students must complete the Florida State University general education requirements while enrolled in this program.
  • Current students at FSU (either campus). These students must have fifty-two or more semester hours of credit, to include six hours of freshman English composition and six hours of mathematics/statistics. Students must have a minimum of a 2.0 GPA. These students must complete the general education requirements while enrolled in this program.

Core Classes for Law Enforcement Operations Majors: [Students must earn a "C-" or better in each course.]

  • CCJ 3024 (3) The Criminal Justice System (Fall, Spring)
  • CCJ 3484 (3) Ethics in Policing and Intelligence (Fall)
  • CCJ 4710 (3) Applied Probability (Spring) [prerequisite CCJ 4744]
  • CCJ 3071 (3) Computer Apps in Criminal Justice (Fall)

Major Required Courses – 11 courses (33 hours) for Law Enforcement Operations Majors: [Students must earn a "C-" or better in each course]

  • CCJ 4744 (3) Evidential Reasoning for Research & Invest (Fall)
  • CCJ 3678 (3) Policing Diversity: Race, Gender, Religion & Crime (Spring)
  • CJE 4611 (3) Criminal Investigation: Theory & Practice (Fall) [co-requisite CCJ 4744]
  • CJE 3612 (3) Interview and Interrogation (Fall, Spring)
  • CJE 4615 (3) Conduct of Investigation (Spring) [prerequisite CCJ 4611]
  • CJC 3311 (3) Corrections: Practices and Perspectives (Spring)
  • CJJ 3013 (3) Youth Culture and Crime (Spring) 
  • CCJ 3651 (3) Drugs and Crime (Summer)
  • CJE 4410 (3) Community Policing (Summer)
  • DSC 3013 (3) Homeland Security & Criminal Justice (Summer)
  • CCJ 3032 (3) Crime in Media (Fall)

Capstone CJE 4710 – (3 hours). Offered every semester. This class is typically done in the last semester of your program.

General Electives or Minor (12 hours)

In addition to the above, Law Enforcement must complete 12 hours of electives approved by the College of Applied Studies. These may be unrestricted electives or they may be used for an internship, a certificate in Public Safety and Security, a minor (outside of Public Safety and Security) or as hours applied towards a double major.

Additional Information:

In addition to the requirements outlined above, each student must complete all University-wide requirements for graduation.  These requirements include:

  • Liberal studies (general education) and the Gordon Rule writing requirements: Transfer students with an A.A. degree from a Florida community college have automatically met the general education and Gordon Rule writing requirements.
  • Multicultural requirement:  Students transferring with 60 or more hours must complete one multicultural course.  Other students must complete two multicultural courses.  Courses taken at a previous institution may be used to satisfy this requirement.
  • FSU residency requirement:  Each student’s last 30 hours must be in residence at FSU.
  • Total hours requirements:  A minimum of 120 hours is required for graduation.  At least 45 hours must be completed at the 3000-4000 level.
  • Oral Competency requirement may be met with SPC 1608 (GCSC).  There are also several courses offered at FSU PC that will meet this requirement.  Acceptable substitutes may include, but are not limited to:
  • A grade of “B” or above in a high school oral communication or speech class
  • Verified successful participation in a forensic or debate team in high school, community college, or college; or
  • Passing with a “C-" or higher a course in public speaking in another college or university (including community college}.

University Computer Literacy can be met with a grade of C- or better in CGS 1570 (GCSC), CGS 2100 (FSU) or equivalent.

Foreign Language Requirement can be satisfied by having two sequential units of the same foreign language in high school, or two semesters of the same foreign language in college or documented equivalent proficiency.

All courses are not offered each semester. All course offerings are contingent on available funding, available instructors, and sufficient student demand.

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