Criminal Justice

Recommended Course of Study

Transfer Pathway A.S.

Note: Not all courses will be available every semester. For a complete list of Goal Area course choices, please visit the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) page.

2022-2023 Required Courses

Semester 1

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CJS 1150
Introduction to Criminal Justice
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Describes the American system of criminal justice, including theories of crime and justice, criminal law, policing, courts, associated pre- and post-trial legal processes, corrections, juvenile justice, and special issues in criminal justice. This course will also explore criminal justice careers, changes to the system, and the future of criminal justice. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.?

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

COMM 1100
Interpersonal Communication
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 07
Is a course that helps students recognize that we live and work in relationship with others and must communicate effectively with them to achieve our goals. This class helps students acquire the skills to effectively communicate with family members, intimate others, co-workers, friends, and acquaintances. After reviewing relevant interpersonal theory, students will examine and identify their own communication attitudes and behaviors. Students will also learn and apply techniques for improving communication in their relationships through active practice. Students will participate in multiple activities, both in and outside the classroom setting, to build their interpersonal communication skills. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.2000, Subp. 7, Standard 6C, D, F, & G.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

ENG 1108
Writing And Research Skills
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Provides instruction and practice in reading, researching, and writing for college. Prerequisites: Recommended by Accuplacer assessment or grade of C or higher in READ 93/94 and ENG/EAP 99.

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

SOC 1127
Social Inequalities: Race, Class, & Gender
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 07
Describes and analyzes selected inequality relationships in the United States. Topic areas will include economic inequality-poverty; ethnic inequality-racism; and gender inequality-sexism. This course is open to all students and meets the Minnesota Professional Educator Licensing and Standards Board (PELSB) 8710.3200, Subp. 3, Standard 12a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6a)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)
3

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6a)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 8)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Semester 1 16

Semester 2

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CJS 1154
Juvenile Justice
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Examines the historical foundations, current philosophies, procedures and characteristics of the juvenile justice system. This course explores theories of delinquency, evaluation methods to assess behaviors and develop strategies while working with juveniles, as well as, Minnesota statutes and community corrections systems that apply specifically to juveniles. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.

Prerequisites:

  • CJS 1150 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

CJS 1156
American Corrections
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Considers the history, theories and practices of corrections, which will be reviewed and applied to the Minnesota corrections system. Course formerly known as CJS1156 Introduction to Corrections.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

PSYC 1101
Introduction to Psychology
4

Course Outline
Credits: 4
MNTC Goal Areas: 02, 05
Presents a survey of the science of psychology including theoretical and experimental findings and applications. Topics include research methodology, the nervous system, perception, cognition, learning, memory, human development, emotions, motivation, personality, psychological disorders and their treatment, attitudes, social influence and growth processes. This course may not be taken for credit if you have already earned credit for Introduction to Psychology with Lab (PSYC 1201). Prereq: Placement into ENG 1108 or successful completion (grade of C or above) of ENG 99/Read 93

Prerequisites:


Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3a)
BIOL 1123 recommended
4



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Semester 2 14

Semester 3

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CJS 1152
Peace Officer and Community
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Studies the historical and contemporary roles of policing in society, strategies for positive peace officer-community relations and career-related issues for peace officers. This course promotes five (5) core values: Accountability, Compassion/Empathy, Integrity, Cultural Responsiveness, and Interpersonal Communication. These core values serve as the foundation to prepare future public servant leaders.

Prerequisites:

  • CJS 1150 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

CJS 2158
Criminology
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
Explores the biological, sociological, and psychological perspectives on the etiology of criminal behavior and applies them to selected case histories. Course formerly known as CJS 1158 Criminology.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

SJS 1100
INTS 1150
Introduction to Social Justice    OR

Public Service in Diverse Communities
footnote²
2-3

Introduction to Social Justice
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 07, 09
Explores the concepts of justice, oppression, and social change and examines the ways in which political, economic, legal, education, and other institutions create challenges for justice. In this course, students will explore, critique, and apply the fundamental concepts of justice, oppression and social change. Through course activities, students will begin integrating ideas and perspectives, formulating personal ideologies, and developing an enhanced sense of civic responsibility. They will also examine the broad concept of social change through explorations of different social movements, profiles of human rights activists, and various policies. The course seeks to broaden student understanding of contemporary justice issues and to enhance their knowledge of how they can become positive social change agents.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Public Service in Diverse Communities
Course Outline
Credits: 2
MNTC Goal Areas: 09
Prepares students for meaningful careers in public service in an increasingly multicultural American society. This course will examine preconceptions, unconscious bias, and foster understanding of historically disadvantaged populations. Through assigned materials, class meetings, and completion of a comprehensive portfolio, students will critically examine their values, experiences, and behaviors to better understand and compassionately serve diverse communities. This course is recommended to be taken after completing one semester of coursework. It is also recommended to take concurrently with or after completing SOC 1127.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

POLS 1121
POLS 1161
State and Local Government    OR

Introduction to Constitutional Law
footnote³
3

State and Local Government
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 09
Examines state and local government political institutions, behavior, public policies, tax and spending issues. The course will also analyze structure and behavior of state legislatures, governors, courts, and political parties, including the nomination and election process of state and local officials. The course emphasis will be on the Minnesota political system. In your exploration of contemporary Minnesota policy issues, you will critically examine your own political values, experiences and behaviors.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

Introduction to Constitutional Law
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 05, 09
Provides students with an overview of the nature and scope of American Constitutional rights and liberties based upon the United States Constitution as interpreted by the United States Supreme Court. In your exploration of contemporary U.S. Constitutional issues, you will critically examine your own political values, experiences and behaviors.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 4)
MATH 1103 recommended
3-4



Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Semester 3 15

Semester 4

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
ENG 1111
ENG 1114
ENG 1130
Research Writing    OR

The Research Paper    OR

Writing and Research For the Professions
2-3

Research Writing
Course Outline
Credits: 2
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Students will analyze primary and secondary sources and develop formal research writing in students' academic and/or professional disciplines including EMS, Paralegal, and Criminal Justice. Prerequisites: ENG 1108 or equivalent, with grade of C or better.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 0101 Composition I: Expository Writing
  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

The Research Paper
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Emphasizes critical analysis of fiction or nonfiction texts, at least one book-length, resulting in a research paper that reflects analysis and synthesis of multiple sources. Prereq: Grade of C or higher in ENG 1108.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 0101 Composition I: Expository Writing
  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

Writing and Research For the Professions
Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 01, 02
Emphasizes critical audience analysis of professional texts across the disciplines, at least one book length, resulting in a professional research proposal, feasibility study, or report that reflects analysis and synthesis of multiple sources, persuasion, and students' mastery of professional and audience analysis, business writing, researching, and evaluative skills. Prerequisites: ENG 1108 or equivalent, with grade of C or better.

Prerequisites:

  • ENG 1108 Writing And Research Skills

Corequisites: None
Future Offering:
  • Fall 2022

PHIL 1112
Ethics
3

Course Outline
Credits: 3
MNTC Goal Areas: 06, 09
Examine major classical and contemporary ethical theories, and in light of these theories, addresses some current contentious topics.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022
  • Spring 2023

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3b)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)
3-4

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 3b)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 10)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6a)    OR

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6b)
3

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6a)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

General Education Credits (MnTC Goal 6b)


Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

CJS 2289
EMS 1100
INTS 1150
Field Experience; Criminal Justice    OR

Emergency Medical Responder    OR

3

Field Experience; Criminal Justice
Course Outline
Credits: 4
Accomplishes an off-campus learning experience in an agency providing a learning environment for students interested in the sociological perspective. Emphasis will be placed on experiences that relate to the student's career interests. In most instances these placements will be with law enforcement agencies and/or corrections. Prereq: CJS 1150, permission of internship coordinator, and attendance at an orientation session during the semester prior to registering for CJS 1190.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

Emergency Medical Responder
Course Outline
Credits: 3
Provides instruction in emergency medical care for those who are first on the scene of an accident or medical emergency; intended for police officers, firefighters, and other public safety personnel. Includes patient assessment, CPR, airway management including oxygen, adjunct airways and other resuscitation equipment, medical emergencies including seizures, strokes, heart attacks, poisonings and cover trauma management as well as bandaging, splinting and spinal immobilization. Students will be certified upon completion through the Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering:

  • Fall 2022

Public Service in Diverse Communities
Course Outline
Credits: 2
MNTC Goal Areas: 09
Prepares students for meaningful careers in public service in an increasingly multicultural American society. This course will examine preconceptions, unconscious bias, and foster understanding of historically disadvantaged populations. Through assigned materials, class meetings, and completion of a comprehensive portfolio, students will critically examine their values, experiences, and behaviors to better understand and compassionately serve diverse communities. This course is recommended to be taken after completing one semester of coursework. It is also recommended to take concurrently with or after completing SOC 1127.

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Future Offering: None

Total Credits in Semester 4 15
Total Credits: 60
‡ Select General Education electives from specified MnTC goal area or from any MnTC goals if none specified.

Footnotes:
1CJS 2289 Field Experience in Criminal Justice may be substituted to fill this requirement.

2Students intending to continue on to the Peace Officer Professional Licensing Core, and not currently certified as an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR), should choose EMS 1100 Emergency Medical Responder as their program elective. All students intending to pursue the Peace Officer Professional Licensing Core must choose INTS 1150 Public Service in Diverse Communities as their Goal 9 course.

3 Students intending to transfer to MN State University Mankato should choose POLS 1121 State & Local Government.