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Law Enforcement Minor

Become an influential leader in the field of law enforcement and help shape the future of policing through the University of Central Missouri’s Law Enforcement minor. It’s critical for law enforcement professionals to employ a measured approach in their roles, and you’ll learn the leadership and communication skills at UCM to excel in your career.

Classes taught by experienced professionals

Take your undergraduate courses from professors who are veteran law enforcement professionals — some of whom have nearly 30 years of experience in the field. With their expert guidance, you’ll learn the practical skills and information that are most relevant to achieving success on the job.

Majors that complement UCM’s Law Enforcement minor

Our Law Enforcement minor pairs well with many undergraduate majors that will set you up for career success. Depending on where you want to focus your professional career, you can earn your minor alongside a major such as:

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100% online program option

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Complete in as few as two years

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Approximately 25 students per class

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Learn from law enforcement professionals

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A #1 program for nontraditional students

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#10 best online law enforcement program

What you will study

The University of Central Missouri’s Law Enforcement minor gives you practical knowledge that helps you stand out in the field. Your courses will teach you actionable strategies and professional skills to prepare you for positions of leadership. You’ll also learn de-escalation strategies to help you diffuse situations you may encounter on the job.

Gain valuable written and verbal communication skills as well as critical decision-making abilities in core courses that may include:

  • Police Organization and Management
  • Policing a Democratic Society
  • Criminal Justice Report Writing
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills for Criminal Justice

In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to focus your Law Enforcement minor with elective courses. You can choose to focus on subjects such as law enforcement at the federal level, current issues in law enforcement, homeland security, homicide investigation and more.

Our program’s curriculum is kept up to date based on feedback from current and former law enforcement professionals. Their input helps us ensure you’re always getting the latest instruction on what is most useful for current-day law enforcement officials.


Excellence in Law Enforcement

  • #2: Best Criminal Justice School in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1: Most Popular Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Among the Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Schools in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • Among the Best Value Bachelor's Degree Colleges for Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting in Missouri (College Factual, 2022)
  • #1 in Missouri (and #34 in the country): Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement and Firefighting Colleges for Non-Traditional Students (College Factual, 2021)
  • #10: Best Online Law Enforcement program (, 2021)


Unique learning opportunities in law enforcement

The Law Enforcement minor at the University of Central Missouri provides you with exciting opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to learn about your potential career paths.

  • Internships: Get on-the-job law enforcement experience with an internship. At UCM, you can apply to work at organizations such as the Missouri State Highway Patrol, local water patrol, municipal departments and federal agencies such as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF); U.S. Secret Service; and U.S. Marshals.
  • Guest speakers: Gain knowledge from professionals in a guest speaker series. Hear from police sergeants, federal agents, crime lab technicians, U.S. marshals, state highway patrol officers and others to gain insight into working in the field of law enforcement.
  • Study tours: Get a first-hand look at what policing and law enforcement looks like around the world. Our faculty-led study tours have taken students to Turkey, Italy, Belize, South Korea, France and more to learn about the criminal justice system abroad.


What can you do with a minor in Law Enforcement from UCM?

The Law Enforcement minor at the University of Central Missouri prepares you to be an influential leader. You’ll be ready to serve your community at the local, regional and even federal level in positions that range from those focused on enforcing the law to those primarily centered on supporting policing functions.

As a UCM graduate with a Law Enforcement minor, you’ll have vital context to get you started on the career path for a number of job roles, including:

  • Conservation protection
  • Corporate and private security
  • Dispatch
  • Evidence handling
  • Federal law enforcement
  • Municipal policing
  • Railroad policing
  • School security
  • State highway patrol enforcement

Jobs in law enforcement

Explore job possibilities in law enforcement, salary estimates for certain positions and even projected career growth using the interactive tool below.




Financial assistance options for your Law Enforcement minor

We want you to be able to focus on your education while you’re in school — not on how you’re going to pay for it. In fact, the University of Central Missouri has been recognized by LendEDU as a top-ranked university for low student debt because we provide a high-value education that’s within financial reach.

We offer a number of ways to help you pay for college, so you can reach your goals. Financial aid options for undergraduates at UCM include grants, tuition awards, scholarships, employment opportunities and access to federal financial aid. 

In addition to university-wide financial assistance, UCM offers a number of scholarships in certain programs and undergraduate majors. You can learn more about program-specific scholarships at the UCM Scholarship Finder.


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