Criminal Justice

Become a professional in law enforcement.

 

Criminal Justice - AS

1) Must complete a minimum of 6 different MnTC goals in Liberal Arts and Sciences

2) 1100 or higher Liberal Arts and Sciences courses required unless specified


GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
ENGL1215
College Writing I
This course involves expository writing based on experience, direct observation, research and reading with emphasis on critical thinking skills, rhetorical strategies, and style. (Meets MnTC Goal 1) (Prerequisites: A minimum score of 78 on the Reading Comprehension portion of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 18 on the English subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of ENGL0528) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
HUMA1125
Moral Problems
An introduction to ethical principles as applied to the moral issues and challenges individuals encounter in everyday life. Emphasis will be given to the analysis and development of ethical views and decision making. A broad variety of topics will be explored, including personal moral character, medical, religious, racial, and cultural issues. (Fulfills MnTC Goals 6 & 9) (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
MATH1230
Introduction to Statistics
This course emphasizes the concepts and methods of statistics. Statistics is the study of how to collect, organize, analyze, and interpret numerical information from data. Statistical methods will be presented with a focus on understanding both the suitability of the method and the meaning of the result. Statistical methods and measurements will be studied in the context of a broad range of practical applications that require decision making. (MnTC Goal 4) (Prerequisite: A minimum score of 50 in the college level math section of the ACCUPLACER basic skills test or a minimum score of 22 on the math subject area of the ACT test or successful completion of MATH1025 or MATH1020 or MATH1015) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
PSYC1110
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology applies to everyone's personal and workplace daily life. In this course, you will be introduced to the history of psychology, consciousness, learning theories, memory, problem-solving, intelligence, motivation, life-span development, personality, abnormal psychology and therapy. (Fulfills MnTC Goal 5 & 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
SOCS1110
Introduction to Sociology
The purpose of this course is to develop in students an understanding of basic sociological issues, concepts, terminology, and applications of these understandings with current societal events. Students will become conscious of societal influences in relationship to human and cultural dynamics in our world. This course will call for the development of reflective and critical thinking skills. (MnTC Goal 5) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
SOCS2525
Social Deviance
Sociology of deviant behavior will use sociological perspective to examine how society has defined deviance; in addition, how laws and sanctions have been adopted to discourage deviant behavior. Another goal of the course is to understand the various theories of deviance developed by professionals such as sociologists and criminologists; comparing and contrasting each disciplines interpretation as they explain the causes and effects of deviant behavior. Deviance such as terrorism, political crime, and cultural and social reactions to deviance will also be explored utilizing the most current scientific research methodologies to examine the direct and indirect societal cost of these forms of behavior. (Meets MnTC Goals 5 and 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
SPAN1230
Introduction to Hispanic Cultures
Taught in English, Intro to Hispanic Cultures will acquaint the students with the concepts of culture and cultural identity, and bring them an awareness of the skills necessary to achieve successful cross-cultural communication, especially as it pertains to work with Hispanic clients. Students will compare and contrast their own culture with that of Spanish-speaking peoples. The course will also look at the "high" culture and civilization of Spanish-speaking countries, examining the arts, history, architecture, and literature. (MnTC Goals 6 & 8) (Prerequisite: None) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
30 crs
TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS
Technical electives (see advisor for approved electives)
Choose one or more Technical electives.
6 cr
CJSP1102
Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course provides an overview of the philosophical and historical backgroung of the components and policies that make-up the criminal justice system and their interrelationships in our diverse society. It examines deviant behavior in our society and the roles of law enforcement, courts, corrections and community corrections agencies. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP1220
Police and Community
The objective of the course is to provide an overview of the evolution and history of police to include how society has influenced policing. Examination of the operational structure of law enforcement agencies will enhance the students understanding of the complexity of policing and recognize the challenges with community policing. Understanding topics such as the nature of police work, recruit selection, enforcement of the law, police discretion, community relations, trends and social problems will broaden the students' awareness of police work in today's modern society. (Prerequisites: College Writing I and either Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP1230
Introduction to Corrections
This course provides an overview of the historical development of the current correctional system. Students will examine the various components of corrections such as theories of punishment, jails and prisons, offenders, institutional security measures, treatment programming, institutional management and community re-entry programming. (Prerequisite: None) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2104
Introduction to Criminology/Criminal Behavior
This course provides an introductory overview of the basic concepts, issues, causation, theories, application of theories, and methodology to examine crime and criminal behavior. Students will examine how the various componenets of the criminal justice system respond to the challenges of crime and criminal behavior within our society. (Prerequisites: College Writing I and either Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2110
Juvenile Justice/Delinquency
The course provides an overview of the evolution, history, theories and societal response associated with the juvenile justice system. Topics such as youth in crisis, delinquency, interventions, treatment philosophy and programming, role of professionals and the juvenile justice systems will be examined. (Prerequisites: College Writing I and either Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2120
Community Corrections/Probation and Parole
This course presents an overview of Community Corrections: history, philosophy, definitions, strategies, programs, operations and management. An emphasis on correctional research and statistics that provide the foundation for community corrections principles and community corrections programs will be discussed. Learning objectives will include a detailed understanding of community-based sentencing alternatives as well as policies and procedures that embed quality assurance practices into community-based correctional operations. (Prerequisites: College Writing I and either Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections) (3 Credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2202
Constitutional Law
This course is an overview of the U.S. Constitution, with special emphasis on topics relating to criminal justice. Areas of study include the structure of the Constitution and its amendments, separation of powers, as well as the role and decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court. The course will also include an introduction to individual rights and liberties, including right to privacy and the rights of criminal defendants. (Prerequisites: College Writing I and either Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2250
Leadership for Criminal Justice
Criminal Justice professionals are leaders in their community, and a competent leader is an ethical leader. This course will prepare students for the leadership roles within the criminal justice system, while reviewing ethical dilemmas that may occur along your career path. The ability to lead and follow will equally be addressed, and students will be given a snapshot of the differences associated with a career path in both the public and private sector. Understanding the effectiveness and value of interpersonal communication along with reviewing the techniques to effectively utilize interpersonal communication skills. This class will prove beneficial for new, established, and future individuals working within the criminal justice field. (Prerequisites: College Writing I and Introduction to Criminal Justice) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
 
30 crs
RESTRICTED GENERAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES - 6 CREDITS
CHEM1225
Introduction to Forensic Science
This chemistry course will explore the scientific basis and background for crime-scene investigations. Students will explore the entire field of forensic science, including the different kinds of physical evidence, collection, preservation, and proper analysis of evidence, current technologies and techniques used to examine evidence, interpretation of results from a variety of forensic-laboratory analyses, and the ethical implications of using forensic data in a case. Students will perform several laboratory experiments to learn some data analysis techniques. (Meets MnTC Goals 3 & 9) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 2 lecture/1 lab)

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3 cr
COMM1218
College Speech
Students develop interpersonal, small group, and public speaking skills as well as an understanding of basic communication principles. (Fulfills MnTC Goal 1) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
COMP1445
Advanced Computers: Issues and Applications
This course will expand knowledge of computer concepts and applicable skills through individualized project-based assessments that focus on career development. Through an integrated and advanced approach, students will improve proficiency in popular software applications (word processing, spreadsheet, database management, and presentation graphics). Computer concepts will be examined at a deeper level and will include, but are not limited to, historical events, current/future technological trends, PC (personal computer) concepts, file management and storage, the Internet, online learning software and resources, digital communications, and computer security, ethics, and privacy. Prior knowledge of Microsoft Office 2013/Office 365 is recommended, but not required. (Prerequisite: BUSN1245 or COMP1130, COMP1135, and COMP1140 or instructor permission) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
ENGL2525
College Writing II
Reading critically and writing persuasively from multiple sources is emphasized. Students will evaluate the stylistic, structural and substantive merits of what they read; they will analyze and synthesize various points of view, develop interpretive skills, and employ various critical stances and techniques. Students must write at least one research paper substantially based on the reading of at least one book-length text (assigned to the whole class by the instructor). The text may be fictional, non-fictional, dramatic, or poetic. Students will write at least three academic essays of analysis and/or synthesis. (MN Transfer Goals 1 and 2) (Prerequisites: "C" or better in ENGL2515 College Writing I, ENGL2545 Introduction to Creative Writing, or equivalent course transfer) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
PSYC2531
Social Psychology
This course provides learners with an introduction to the scientific study of how a person's emotions, thoughts, and behaviors are influenced by other people. Students will become familiar with theories, research methods, and applications of social psychology to their own lives. Among the issues to be addressed are group processes, aggression, conformity, attraction, attitude change, and prejudice. Findings regarding gender, racial, and cultural similarities and differences will be covered as well. (Fulfills MnTC Goals 5 and 7) (Prerequisite: PSYC1110 Introduction to Psychology or SOCS1110 Introduction to Sociology) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
SOCS1205
Sociology of the Family
The purpose of this course is to offer a comprehensive study of the forces external to and within the contemporary Western social institution that we call 'the family'. Current sociological theories and research will be used to study American family structure and functions. Cross-cultural comparisons; family dynamics; disorganization; and change will be included. The course will provide a forum to expose the students to the vast changes that have taken and continue to take place in marriages and family enabling them to make choices in a diverse society. (MnTC Goals 5 & 7) (Prerequisite: none) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
SPAN1240
Beginning Spanish I
Beginning Spanish is for students with little or no prior training, or for those wishing to refresh other skills in Spanish. Instruction in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture will occur through practice in and out of the class session. (Meets MnTC Goal 8) (Prerequisite: None) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
SPAN1342
Beginning Spanish II
Beginning Spanish II is for students who have completed Beginning Spanish I and wish to continue practicing and refining their skills in Spanish. Instruction in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and culture will occur through practice in and out of the class session. (Meets MnTC Goal 8) (Prerequisite: SPAN1240 Beginning Spanish I or permission of instructor) (4 credits: 4 lecture/0 lab)

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4 cr
 
Choose 6 crs
RESTRICTED TECHNICAL EDUCATION ELECTIVES - 6 CREDITS
CJSP1245
Domestic Violence and Crisis Intervention
Domestic violence and crisis intervention will examine the various types of abuse in families, including children, intimate partners, and the elderly, including how the criminal justice and mental health system repond to such. Theories as to the causes of family violence will be explored, including the characteristics of various types of abusers. Criminal justice, mental health, and societial responses to different forms of domestic violence and mental health issues will be discussed. (Prerequisites: College Writing I and Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2140
Special Topics: Crime Victims and Computer Crimes
Crime Victims surveys victimology as an area within the study of criminal justice. Theories and viewpoints on the role of victim precipitation in crime, and societal reactions such as victim blame are discussed. Victimization patterns in crimes such as homicide, domestic violence, and child abuse are examined. Treatment of victims by the justice system, and issues regarding victims' rights are described. Computer Crimes is designed to expose future practitioners to internet and other computer-facilitated criminal behavior and determine appropriate responses for law enforcement. This course will examine various ways the use of computer technology has evolved in the commission of criminal behavior such as online child exploitation, identity theft, and cyber bullying. Included is an understanding of the responses of social services and the criminal justice system to these types of crimes. (Prerequisites: Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections and College Writing I) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2165
Substance Abuse and Serial Predators
The substance abuse portion provides an overview of alcohol/drug abuse and addiction. This course will explore topics related to alcohol/drug abuse which impact life areas such as physical and psychological health, relationships with family and friends, and impact on community/society. Review of addiction theories, the history of drug abuse laws, drug categories, classifications and their effects, diagnosis of alcohol/drug abuse and dependency, physiological impact of alcohol/drugs, and strategies for prevention and intervention will be included. The serial predators' portion provides an overview of predatory serial offenders in terms of basic concepts, theories of causation, and types of crime they engage in. Special attention will be paid to stalking, sex crimes, and serial murder. The influence of media, case analysis and profiling, and victim impact will be discussed. (Prerequisite: College Writing I or Accuplacer Score of 78, and Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2170
Offender Risk Assessment
This course examines the various methodologies and instruments used to predict offenders' risk of re-offense along with assessing their needs to promote public safety. Risk factors will be identified, such as the offender's offense history, nature of offense, prior criminal record, social history to include family, education, physical and mental health along with various other social variables that may impact ones decision making process. This course will also examine the various methods of conducting background analysis, and additionally will study the numerous assessment instruments used to determine appropriate level of supervision and in identifying the needs of an offender to promote public safety. (Prerequisites: College Writing I and either Introduction to Criminal Justice or Introduction to Corrections) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2205
Criminal Law and Procedures
This course will introduce students to the main principles of substantive criminal law and procedure. Study will include the elements of major crimes and defenses, and examination of the criminal legal process from investigation through post-sentencing, with special emphasis on laws governing the role of law enforcement. (Prerequisites: ENGL2515 College Writing I and either CJSP1202 Introduction to Criminal Justice or CJSP2230 Introduction to Corrections) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2225
Courtroom and Evidence Procedures
The objective of this course is to provide an overview of the technology used in electronic discovery (e-discovery) in civil and criminal cases. It will examine e-discovery identification and preservation to collection, processing, review, production and trial presentation. This course looks at the fast-growing field of digital evidence and provides students with an understanding of proper handling, storage and courtroom testimony related to digital evidence. (Prerequisite: College Writing I and Introduction to Criminal Justice) (3 credits: 3 lecture/0 lab)

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3 cr
CJSP2280
Internship, Field Experience
This course is an opportunity to explore and enhance educational and career objectives through practical work experiences in a criminal justice related profession. Students will demonstrate knowledge learned while gaining applied first-hand experiences. The Internship/Field Experience is the final component of the Criminal Justice Program with a 3 credit minimum and 6 credit maximum: 50 hours of service for 1 credit. A comprehensive manual outlines the specific details and objectives of the course. (Prerequisite: Prior approval from Criminal Justice Program Director. Students must be in the last semester of a Criminal Justice AS degree and have completed the following courses with a "C" or better before applying: COMM1509, CJSP1202, CJSP1204, CJSP1280, CJSP2202, CJSP2210, CJSP2220, and CJSP2230. Students may apply if they are completing no more than one of the above-mentioned classes during the same semester as the Internship. (3 Credits: 0 lecture/0 lab/3 OJT)

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3 cr
 
Choose 6 crs

Total Credit Requirement - 60


Estimated Costs for this Major

Approximate Tuition/Fees:$11,374
Minimum Tool Cost:N/A
Books/Supplies:$1,500
Estimated Total:$12,874
 

 



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