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PROGRAM INFORMATION

 

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Credits breakdown

Developmental courses — A student may be required to enroll in developmental courses in reading, writing and math. A student's scores on the Accuplacer assessment will determine enrollment in developmental courses. The purpose of developmental courses is to prepare students for the demands of a college-level curriculum. Credits may vary.

Course # Course Title Credits
Required
CRJU1101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJU1102 Policing and Practices 3
CRJU1104 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency 3
CRJU1109 Law Enforcement Behavioral Science 3
CRJU2201 Criminal Law 3
CRJU2202 Criminal Procedures 3
CRJU2206 Police Report Writing 3
CRJU2209 Criminal Investigations 3
MNTC Courses
COMM1140 Interpersonal Communication
Goal: 1, 2 *
3
ENGL1101 College Writing
Goal: 1 *
3
ENGL1215 Professional and Technical Writing
Goal: 1 *
3

MNTC Electives ...

21

Elective Credits ...

6

Total Credits: 60

* Completion of an AS degree requires courses from at least 6 of the 10 MNTC Goal Areas.

 

About this program

The Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for careers in law enforcement. M State's Criminal Justice program has been designated a Professional Peace Officer Education Program by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. Students seeking a career in law enforcement will be prepared for and offered the opportunity to complete all educational and practical requirements necessary to apply for peace officer licensing. The internship program provides students with comprehensive training to develop additional skills in critical thinking, communications and practical application. Criminal Justice faculty have extensive academic and practical experience within the field. Students seeking an AS in Criminal Justice are required to declare that intention prior to the second semester of coursework.

Acceptance into the program is contingent on the student's completion of at least 12 credits of required general education courses. Achievement of a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher. Successful completion of a personality assessment provided and evaluated through M State. [^Approximate cost = $140] Completion of a criminal background check through the State of Minnesota or applicable state. [^Approximate cost = $15] Achievement of at least a C in all Criminal Justice classes. Completion of a required initial advising session with the program coordinator. Note that expenses listed in brackets above and marked by ^ are not eligible for financial aid.

If there are more applicants who meet the above criteria than the program can accommodate, applicants will be selected based on program application date. Registration to some Criminal Justice courses is restricted to AS degree students unless approved by the program coordinator.
 

Program outcomes

1. Students will gain basic knowledge and career skills, and develop values and attitudes consistent with professional career employment opportunities within the criminal justice system.
2. Students will participate in quality learning experiences that will help to prepare each student for the challenges of their selected career choice.
3. Students will be afforded the opportunity to gain the necessary knowledge, skills, and values needed for the smooth transition to an advanced degree program within criminal justice fields of study.
4. Students, interested in law enforcement, will acquire the necessary academic requirements for peace officer licensing set forth by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officers Standards and Training.
5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the importance of maintaining effective collaborative relationships with all federal, state, and local criminal justice organizations, human service agencies, area communities, and community-based organizations.
6. Students will develop a code of behavior consistent with the professional attitudes and ethical standards expected of police officers and criminal justice professionals.
7. Students will demonstrate an understanding of community involvement and service through internships, volunteer opportunities, and community service projects.
 

Admissions information

Criminal Justice students seeking an A.S. Degree will be required to declare that intention prior to the second semester of coursework, usually spring semester of the first year at M State. Acceptance into the A.S. Program in Criminal Justice will require students to complete the following steps PRIOR to registering for the second semester.

Students must complete at least 12 credits of required general education courses.

Students must achieve a cumulative grade-point average of 2.5 or higher.

Students will take and successfully complete a personality assessment provided and evaluated through M State.

Students will request a criminal background check through the State of Minnesota, and/or their home state, to be sent to the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator.

Students must have at least a C in all Criminal Justice classes taken to that point in their education.

Students must be able to take and successfully complete college level English writing and grammar courses.

Students will schedule an initial advising session with the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator during specific times scheduled for that purpose. Evidence of completion of steps 1-6 must be presented or available to the CJ Coordinator at this session.

If there are more applicants who meet the above criteria than the program can accommodate, applicants will be selected based on other criteria, i.e. cumulative GPA or application date.
 

Employment information

The career opportunities for students in the field of Criminal Justice are constantly growing. The high standards set by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training make graduates of M State's Criminal Justice A.S. Degree program in demand in Minnesota and across the United States. Just a few of the possible career choices available to Criminal Justice students are: local, state, and federal law enforcement, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota Department of Corrections, private security, homeland security, and local corrections officer.
 

Program accreditation

The program is accredited by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training. The College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, (800) 621-7440, 30 North LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602-2504.