Other Academic Courses

Applications of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement ~ MSC 2160 Course

This is a 3 credit hour undergraduate approved academic course that can be applied towards any degree held at the University of Central Missouri. Students will attend this course at the Central Missouri Police Academy twice a week for a total of 3 hours weekly, unless they choose to take the online version and/or hybrid, when available. You must be admitted to the University of Central Missouri as a student for the semester in which you want to attend.

Self enrollment in the Applications of Criminal Justice in Law Enforcement class is available using the course number of MSC 2160. Students will receive 3 credit hours of “free choice” electives for this course, that will apply towards their required free choice electives towards any degree program.

Fees for this course are based UCM’s standard tuition fees.

For more information please contact the CMPA at: 660-543-4090 (or) 800-801-3588


Course Description:

This course is based on the Missouri Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) curriculum for police academies. It is a compilation of excerpts taken from the currently approved police academy courses for free elective academic credit. This course will complement and expand the students’ knowledge, reinforcing their Criminal Justice education.


The material for this course is complimentary and expands on the current Criminal Justice curriculum, to include a focus on specific application techniques, such as role playing and scenario-based learning that mimics real world job performance. Students find it difficult to translate textbook knowledge into action. This course seeks to bridge that gap and introduce students to the profession of law enforcement. This hands-on experience will assist students from many different disciplines in assessing if law enforcement is the correct career path for them.  We have noted that a greater percentage of Criminal Justice students results in an improved overall class performance due to the Criminal Justice students’ existing foundational knowledge of law and procedure. Additionally, we expect the Criminal Justice students to inspire more non-degree seeking students to enroll in the Criminal Justice Program, increasing UCM headcount and degrees awarded. This course will assist students in assessing if law enforcement is the correct career path for them. Successful law enforcement professionals today will have both a Criminal Justice degree and POST Class A certification through the academy.

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