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Criminal Justice B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 120
  • This program requires summer terms.
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
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: Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding and knowledge of the criminal justice system, juvenile justice system, public administration/policy, criminal behavior, law, criminal justice issues, and criminology. Identify the ethical issues inherent in criminal justice. Demonstrate proficiencies in policing philosophies, including analyzing, understanding, and evaluating criminal evidence, investigation and surveillance techniques. Explain correctional philosophies and understand the historical and current dilemmas in corrections. Discuss the concepts of due process of law, criminal procedure, defendant's rights, victim's rights, and constitutional rights. Describe programs and services that are effective for combating crime.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
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
A maximum of two D grades are allowed for core courses required in the program, subplan/emphasis, and technology requirements. This includes grades earned at UMC or transferred in from another institution. Required Classes - 35 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)
SOC 3001 - Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods (3.0 cr)
Liberal Education Requirements
Minimum of 40 liberal education credits required. The following courses are recommended: MATH 1150, PSY 1001, PSY 3604, SOC 1001. 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)
POL 1001 - American Government [ETH/CIV RE] (4.0 cr)
Choose one of the following:
COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
or SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
Technology Requirement
Take 3 credits of any CA courses.
CA 1xxx
or CA 2xxx
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Corrections 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 credit(s) from the following:
· CRJS 1803 - Directed Studies (1.0-15.0 cr)
· CRJS 2390 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CRJS 2550 - Traffic Law (2.0 cr)
· CRJS 2560 - Emergency Medical Responder (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3350 - Criminal Justice Administration (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3520 - Natural Resource Law Enforcement Techniques (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3550 - Criminal Investigation (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3575 - Critical Issues in Policing (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3804 - Individual Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CRJS 4315 - Women and Crime (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 4390 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CRJS 4510 - Victimology (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 4550 - Criminal Procedure (4.0 cr)
· MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
Corrections Open Electives
Students must complete enough open elective credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.
Law 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 - Emergency Medical 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 credit(s) from the following:
· CRJS 1803 - Directed Studies (1.0-15.0 cr)
· CRJS 2390 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3350 - Criminal Justice Administration (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3455 - Institutional Corrections (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3465 - Strategies in Correctional Rehabilitation (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3475 - Community Corrections (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3520 - Natural Resource Law Enforcement Techniques (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 3804 - Individual Studies (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CRJS 4315 - Women and Crime (3.0 cr)
· CRJS 4390 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CRJS 4435 - Theories of Punishment (3.0 cr)
· MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership (3.0 cr)
Law Enforcement Open Electives
Students must complete enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.
 
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CRJS 1500 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (HI/BEH/SSC, ETH/CIV RE)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of criminal justice system. Focuses on police, courts, corrections, and notion of justice in American society.
CRJS 2100 - Crime and Criminology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Legal definitions of criminal/deliquent behavior. Typologies of crime/criminals. Trends in reported distribution of crime/delinquency within population. Theoretical explanations.
CRJS 2400 - Introduction to Corrections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Penology. History, philosophy, programs, policies, problems associated with correctional practice. Topics include probation, prisons, jails, parole, community corrections, alternative sanctions. prereq: 1500
CRJS 2500 - Introduction to Policing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Development of police in America, past, present, future. Institutional context of police activity. Bureaucratization of police. Professionalization, role of police. Police/community change. prereq: 1500
CRJS 3505 - Judicial Process
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Criminal justice judicial process. Judicial involvement from pre-arrest warrant issuance to appellate court review. Role/behavior of prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges. prereq: 1500
CRJS 3515 - Criminal Justice Ethics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Ethical issues/dilemmas facing practitioners in criminal justice. Students' own ethical questions pertaining to area of interest. Development of solutions to dilemmas.
CRJS 3525 - Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Processing/treatment of juvenile offenders. Organization, operations, goals of individuals, agencies, institutions that work with offenders.
CRJS 3530 - Criminal Justice Diversity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Dynamics of class, race, gender as they intersect with crime/justice in the United States. How class, race, gender separately/together influence criminal justice system. Reforms to reduce bias in crime control.
CRJS 3900 - Criminal Justice Field Placement (Internship)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Observation, participation, and study in selected criminal justice agencies. prereq: Instructor consent
CRJS 4540 - Criminal Law
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Elements of criminal offenses in the United States/Minnesota. Crimes against persons/property. Administration of justice. Cases outline judicial interpretation of criminal law.
SOC 3001 - Social and Behavioral Science Research Methods
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental concepts/methods involved in conducting social/behavioral science research. Design a research project, collect relevant data, conduct data analysis and report/present research findings.
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Process of clear, concrete, and convincing writing. Generation and discovery of subjects, revisions, editing.
COMP 1013 - Composition II (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Writing a research paper/s. Formulating/answering a research question. Developing an organizational/argument strategy for topic/audience. Supporting research question/argument with scholarly sources. prereq: 1011
POL 1001 - American Government (ETH/CIV RE)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to politics/government in United States. Constitutional origins/development, major institutions, parties, interest groups, elections, participation, public opinion. Ways of explaining politics. Nature of political science.
COMM 2002 - Interpersonal Communication (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Fundamental concepts/skills of communication used in social/career contexts. Perception, listening, verbal/nonverbal, climate, conflict.
SPCH 1101 - Public Speaking (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic selection, research, organization, rehearsal, and extemporaneous delivery of informative and persuasive speeches.
CRJS 3455 - Institutional Corrections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Function, structure, operation of American adult/juvenile correctional institutions.
CRJS 3465 - Strategies in Correctional Rehabilitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Treatment philosophies/strategies for supervision, parole, probation. Community-based correctional alternatives. Offender classification. Special offender groups. Treatment, custody, recidivism. Strategies to change offender conduct. prereq: 2400
CRJS 3475 - Community Corrections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Intervention strategies as alternatives to institutional corrections in sentencing adjudicated persons. Community corrections, parole, house arrest, restitution, community service. Development of intervention services in support of dispositions.
CRJS 4435 - Theories of Punishment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Philosophical issues associated with criminal punishment.
CRJS 1803 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -15.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current topics not covered in regularly offered courses. prereq: Instructor consent
CRJS 2390 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent investigation of topics of special interest related to criminal justice. Topics vary to reflect contemporary criminal justice issues.
CRJS 2550 - Traffic Law
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Motor vehicle/traffic code. Private/commercial vehicle regulations. Licensing regulations.
CRJS 2560 - Emergency Medical Responder
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Care for traumatic accidents, injuries, medical emergencies. Successful completion of course results in certification as emergency medical responder with Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).
CRJS 3350 - Criminal Justice Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Application of leading administrative theories to problems of criminal justice system. Bureaucratic nature of American criminal justice system as complex organization.
CRJS 3520 - Natural Resource Law Enforcement Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01729 - CRJS3520/NATR3520
Typically offered: Spring & Summer Odd Year
Methods, procedures, techniques in natural resource field law enforcement work. Natural resource case law. Applicable statutes pertaining to tenets of search/seizure, arrest, surveillance, court system. prereq: 1500, NATR 1233
CRJS 3550 - Criminal Investigation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Rules of evidence in criminal investigation/court. Relevant issues, legal standards. Principles/techniques in criminal investigation procedures/surveillance. prereq: 2500
CRJS 3575 - Critical Issues in Policing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Function of law enforcement, roles of police in modern society. Police organizations/officers/work. Critical problems, policing strategies. Dealing with mentally disturbed. Police-minority/-community relations. prereq: 2500
CRJS 3804 - Individual Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic related to student's major not covered in regularly offered courses. prereq: Instructor's consent
CRJS 4315 - Women and Crime
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Historical/theoretical perspectives, contemporary trends concerning women and crime. Processing of women by criminal justice system. Women as criminal justice professionals.
CRJS 4390 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Independent investigation of topics of special interest related to criminal justice. Topics vary to reflect contemporary criminal justice issues.
CRJS 4510 - Victimology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Criminological examination of victims. Victim reactions. Responses by criminal justice system/other societal agencies.
CRJS 4550 - Criminal Procedure
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Rights of criminally accused, primarily in pretrial stages. Bill of Rights. Constitutional law. Police procedures permissible within confines of federal/state constitutions.
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on organizational environment/human behavior. Human resource systems, motivating employees, leadership, managing change, job satisfaction, communication, group processes, interpersonal/group dynamics within organization.
CRJS 2550 - Traffic Law
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Motor vehicle/traffic code. Private/commercial vehicle regulations. Licensing regulations.
CRJS 2560 - Emergency Medical Responder
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Care for traumatic accidents, injuries, medical emergencies. Successful completion of course results in certification as emergency medical responder with Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB).
CRJS 3550 - Criminal Investigation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Rules of evidence in criminal investigation/court. Relevant issues, legal standards. Principles/techniques in criminal investigation procedures/surveillance. prereq: 2500
CRJS 3575 - Critical Issues in Policing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Function of law enforcement, roles of police in modern society. Police organizations/officers/work. Critical problems, policing strategies. Dealing with mentally disturbed. Police-minority/-community relations. prereq: 2500
CRJS 4510 - Victimology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Criminological examination of victims. Victim reactions. Responses by criminal justice system/other societal agencies.
CRJS 4550 - Criminal Procedure
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Rights of criminally accused, primarily in pretrial stages. Bill of Rights. Constitutional law. Police procedures permissible within confines of federal/state constitutions.
CRJS 1803 - Directed Studies
Credits: 1.0 -15.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Current topics not covered in regularly offered courses. prereq: Instructor consent
CRJS 2390 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent investigation of topics of special interest related to criminal justice. Topics vary to reflect contemporary criminal justice issues.
CRJS 3350 - Criminal Justice Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Application of leading administrative theories to problems of criminal justice system. Bureaucratic nature of American criminal justice system as complex organization.
CRJS 3455 - Institutional Corrections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Function, structure, operation of American adult/juvenile correctional institutions.
CRJS 3465 - Strategies in Correctional Rehabilitation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Treatment philosophies/strategies for supervision, parole, probation. Community-based correctional alternatives. Offender classification. Special offender groups. Treatment, custody, recidivism. Strategies to change offender conduct. prereq: 2400
CRJS 3475 - Community Corrections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Intervention strategies as alternatives to institutional corrections in sentencing adjudicated persons. Community corrections, parole, house arrest, restitution, community service. Development of intervention services in support of dispositions.
CRJS 3520 - Natural Resource Law Enforcement Techniques
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01729 - CRJS3520/NATR3520
Typically offered: Spring & Summer Odd Year
Methods, procedures, techniques in natural resource field law enforcement work. Natural resource case law. Applicable statutes pertaining to tenets of search/seizure, arrest, surveillance, court system. prereq: 1500, NATR 1233
CRJS 3804 - Individual Studies
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic related to student's major not covered in regularly offered courses. prereq: Instructor's consent
CRJS 4315 - Women and Crime
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Historical/theoretical perspectives, contemporary trends concerning women and crime. Processing of women by criminal justice system. Women as criminal justice professionals.
CRJS 4390 - Special Topics in Criminal Justice
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Independent investigation of topics of special interest related to criminal justice. Topics vary to reflect contemporary criminal justice issues.
CRJS 4435 - Theories of Punishment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Philosophical issues associated with criminal punishment.
MGMT 3210 - Supervision and Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Emphasis on organizational environment/human behavior. Human resource systems, motivating employees, leadership, managing change, job satisfaction, communication, group processes, interpersonal/group dynamics within organization.