Criminal Justice, BS Curriculum

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The career oriented bachelor of science in criminal justice degree at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, is designed for students interested in a professional career in the rapidly expanding criminal justice field. The program has an interdisciplinary criminal justice curriculum that provides students the opportunity to incorporate learning that is identified by employers as being critical to career success. The program provides high quality education in both academic and professional areas, offers unique training and internship experiences, a positive entry-level employment outlook among criminal justice agencies, and an academic platform to continue graduate training in fields such as political science, law, public administration, criminal justice/criminology, psychology, and social work.

Criminal justice majors choose either a law enforcement or corrections emphasis. Both emphases include elective credits that allow students to choose courses of specific interest. Students who complete the law enforcement emphasis and approved skills training will be eligible to take the state board exam to become a licensed police officer.

Program outcomes--graduates will


Program Delivery

This program is available:


Admission Requirements

For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.


General Requirements

All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the graduation requirements.


Program Requirements

Program Core Requirements
Required courses - 38 credits
CRJS 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [HI/BEH/SSC, ETH/CIV RE] (4.0 cr)
CRJS 2100 - Crime and Criminology (3.0 cr)
CRJS 2400 - Introduction to Corrections (3.0 cr)
CRJS 2500 - Introduction to Policing (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3505 - Judicial Process (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3515 - Criminal Justice Ethics (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3525 - Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3530 - Criminal Justice Diversity (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3900 - Criminal Justice Field Placement (Internship) (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4540 - Criminal Law (4.0 cr)
PSY 3604 - Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
SOC 3001 - Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods (3.0 cr)

 

Liberal Education Requirements
Minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. Students must complete the 10 goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum with the following specific liberal education courses required:
COMP 1011 - Composition I [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
COMP 1013 - Composition II [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
MATH 1150 - Elementary Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
POL 1001 - American Government [ETH/CIV RE] (4.0 cr)
PSY 1001 - General Psychology [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [HI/BEH/SSC, HUMAN DIV] (3.0 cr)
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)

 

Technology Requirement
Take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx


Program Sub-plans

Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans. (Note for the Twin Cities and Morris campuses: The honors sub-plan does not meet this requirement. Honors students are required to complete one sub-plan plus the honors sub-plan. Please see an adviser if no honors sub-plan is listed for the program.)

Corrections Area of EmphasisCorrections Area of Emphasis

Students can complete the corrections emphasis to better prepare themselves in the field of adult and juvenile corrections.

Corrections Requirements
Required courses - 12 credits
CRJS 3455 - Institutional Corrections (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3465 - Strategies in Correctional Rehabilitation (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3475 - Community Corrections (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4435 - Theories of Punishment (3.0 cr)

 

Corrections Electives
Take 6 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Corrections Open Electives
Students must complete enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement (approximately 21 credits will be needed)

 

Law Enforcement Area of EmphasisLaw Enforcement Area of Emphasis

Students can complete the academic requirements needed for Peace Officer Standards & Training in order to become a law enforcement officer in Minnesota.

 

Law Enforcement Requirements
Required courses - 18 credits
CRJS 2550 - Traffic Law (2.0 cr)
CRJS 2560 - First Responder (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3550 - Criminal Investigation (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3575 - Critical Issues in Policing (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4510 - Victimology (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4550 - Criminal Procedure (4.0 cr)

 

Law Enforcement Electives
Take 6 or more credits(s) from the following:

 

Law Enforcement Open Electives
Students must complete enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement (approximately 15 credits will be needed).

 

 

 


Criminal Justice Minor Curriculum

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The minor in criminal justice provides an opportunity for students interested in obtaining a bachelor?s degree in a different field of study to take coursework to gain an understanding of the criminal justice system. The minor is designed to provide students with a broad overview of the criminal justice field by focusing on criminological theory, corrections, policing, juvenile justice issues, and criminal law.


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Minor Requirements

Criminal Justice Minor Requirements
CRJS 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice [HI/BEH/SSC, ETH/CIV RE] (4.0 cr)
CRJS 2100 - Crime and Criminology (3.0 cr)
CRJS 2400 - Introduction to Corrections (3.0 cr)
CRJS 2500 - Introduction to Policing (3.0 cr)
CRJS 3525 - Juvenile Justice and Delinquency (3.0 cr)
CRJS 4540 - Criminal Law (4.0 cr)