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Criminal Justice B.S.

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  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2020
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 53 to 59
  • 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
Students must complete 40 upper-division credits. 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.
Criminal Justice Core
Take exactly 11 course(s) totaling exactly 35 credit(s) from the following:
· 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 3350 - Criminal Justice Administration (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)
Liberal Education
This program requires a minimum of 40 credits of liberal education and completion of the ten goal areas of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum.
Take exactly 4 course(s) from the following:
The following are specific required liberal education courses.
Take exactly 4 course(s) totaling exactly 13 credit(s) from the following:
· 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)
COMM 1101 - Public Speaking [COMMUNICAT] (3.0 cr)
· Recommended Liberal Education
The following are recommended liberal education courses.
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· MATH 1150 - Introduction to Statistics [MATH THINK] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 1001 - General Psychology [HI/BEH/SSC] (3.0 cr)
· PSY 3604 - Abnormal Psychology (3.0 cr)
· SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology [HI/BEH/SSC, HUMAN DIV] (3.0 cr)
Technology
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· CA 1xxx
· CA 2xxx
· NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (3.0 cr)
Program Sub-plans
Students are required to complete one of the following sub-plans.
Corrections
Students can complete the corrections emphasis to better prepare themselves in the field of adult and juvenile corrections.
The Criminal Justice BS with an emphasis in Corrections requires a minimum of 53 credits within the major.
Corrections Core
Take exactly 4 course(s) totaling exactly 12 credit(s) from the following:
· 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)
Open Electives
Students must complete enough open elective credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.
Law Enforcement
Students can complete the academic requirements needed for Peace Officer Standards & Training in order to become a law enforcement officer in Minnesota.
The Criminal Justice BS with an emphasis in Law Enforcement requires a minimum of 59 credits within the major.
Law Enforcement Core
Take exactly 18 credit(s) from the following:
· 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)
Open Electives
Students must complete enough open electives credits to meet the 120 credit graduation requirement.
Online
This sub-plan is optional and does not fulfill the sub-plan requirement for this program.
The online curriculum requirements are the same as on-campus curriculum requirements with the below exceptions: *Technology Requirement Take 3 credits from CA 1xxx or CA 2xxx NATR 2630 is not available online *The following courses are not available online under Corrections electives: CRJS 1803 Directed Studies CRJS 2390 Special Topics CRJS 2560 Emergency Medical Responder *The following courses are not available online under Law Enforcement electives: CRJS 1803 Directed Studies CRJS 2390 Special Topics *The following course is not available online, therefore, is not required under Law Enforcement core. This emphasis will require 3 fewer credits within the major (from 59 to 56 credits): CRJS 2560 Emergency Medical Responder (3 cr)
 
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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
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
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
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
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 3350 - Criminal Justice Administration
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Application of leading administrative theories to problems of criminal justice system. Bureaucratic nature of American criminal justice system as complex organization.
CRJS 3505 - Judicial Process
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
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
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
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
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
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
Elements of criminal offenses in the United States/Minnesota. Crimes against persons/property. Administration of justice. Cases outline judicial interpretation of criminal law.
COMP 1011 - Composition I (COMMUNICAT)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
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 & Summer
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.
COMM 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.
MATH 1150 - Introduction to Statistics (MATH THINK)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Descriptive statistics, elementary probability, normal distribution, binomial distribution, confidence intervals, tests of hypotheses, correlation, regression, chi-square, ANOVA. prereq: 0991 or ACT math score of 20 or higher
PSY 1001 - General Psychology (HI/BEH/SSC)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Overview of psychology as scientific study of human/animal behavior. Emphasizes goals of psychology: to describe, understand, predict, and control behavior. Biological, cognitive, affective, and social perspectives.
PSY 3604 - Abnormal Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comprehensive study of abnormal behavior. Focuses on causal factors, treatment, and outcome of maladaptive behavior. Systematic study of biological, behavioral, and psychosocial therapies as modes of treatment and prevention of disorders. Lectures, case studies, videos, group discussions, oral presentations, term paper. prereq: Psy 1001
SOC 1001 - Introduction to Sociology (HI/BEH/SSC, HUMAN DIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Culture, social institutions, socialization, groups, social class, race and ethnicity, collective behavior, and social deviance.
NATR 2630 - Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Application/use of computer-based information systems, data delivery, and geographic information systems in natural resource management and regional planning. Labs focus on developing basic competence using current suite of ArcGIS software and finding, retrieving and utilizing data currently available from public resource management agencies. prereq: 1244, MATH 1031
CRJS 3455 - Institutional Corrections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
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
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
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 Fall
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
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
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
Typically offered: Spring Even 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Spring
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
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
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
Typically offered: Spring Even 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
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
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
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 Fall
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.