Course List - Riverland

Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement: NON-MN POST

Please consult with the Program Coordinator regarding other suggested courses/electives to complement your education.

*Indicates courses that should be taken during your final year of the Law Enforcement Program or with Advisor approval.

Required Core Courses (30 credits)

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CRJU1103
Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course addresses the Criminal Justice Process, Constitutional and Criminal Law for Law Enforcement, the Criminal Justice System, Civil Law, Civil Liability and Civil Process, and Juvenile Law and Procedure. Students gain a general knowledge and background of the history and development of the criminal justice system and the various theories, concepts, and resources used and currently utilized in this field. Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Minnesota P.O.S.T. licensing exam. This course includes criteria required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training and Learning Objectives for Professional Peace Officer Education. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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CRJU1112
Criminal Investigations

This is an introductory course for the basic fundamentals of crime scene and post-crime investigation. Students analyze methods of handling the crime scene, use detection and identification equipment, and prepare the case for prosecution. The second portion of this course examines interview and interrogation techniques utilized by law enforcement. Students differentiate between interviews and interrogations. Students perform simulated interrogations to demonstrate understanding of the interrogation process. Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Minnesota Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.) licensing exam. This course includes criteria required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training and Learning Objectives for Professional Peace Officer Education. Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in the Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice program or obtain instructor approval prior to registering for this course. (3 Cr ? 2 lect, 1 lab)

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CRJU1130
Human Behavior/Stress Management/Ethics for Criminal Justice

This course is designed to familiarize students with the importance of being able to identify persons in crisis, including themselves.  Students will learn about stress and its effects, how to manage stress, and the importance of being physically fit.  Students will also learn verbal de-escalation skills as well as some mediation skills.  They will learn of support services available to them and the communities in which they work.  This course will also provide students with an in-depth and comprehensive discussion of ethics, ethical behavior and discretion afforded Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice professionals.  It will also discuss the importance of building Community Relations.  Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Minnesota Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.) licensing exam.  This course includes criteria required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training and Learning Objectives for Professional Peace Officer Education. 

(2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab) 

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CRJU1135
Victimology

This course focuses on victims themselves.  Most courses in criminology focus on the offenders and various criminal offenses, with only cursory examination of their victims.  The term “victimology” generically refers to the study of victims—patterns, characteristics, and the various types of harm victims incur.  The role of victims in the criminal justice system throughout history, the nature and extent of crime victimization, and victim characteristics will be studied. Also covered are the various types of costs experienced by victims, as well as the various legal rights of the victims.  The myths of victim perception and various efforts to blame victims for their own victimization, as well as other factors that influence victimization (e.g., drugs and alcohol and the mass media) are included.  Specific types of victims (e.g., sexual assault, domestic violence, homicide) and their treatment in the criminal justice system will be discussed.

(3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab) 

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CRJU2110
Police Report Writing *

This course introduces students to the writing of clear, factual police reports.  Well-written reports are emphasized and relevant to investigating and prosecuting criminal cases.  Students are required to take thorough field notes and transfer information to the appropriate paperwork. Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Minnesota P.O.S.T. licensing exam.  This course includes criteria required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training, and Learning Objectives for Professional Peace Officer Education.  Prerequisites:  ENGL 1101 or instructor approval.

(2 Cr – 2 lect, 0 lab) 

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CRJU2120
Minnesota State Statutes

This course is designed to familiarize students with Minnesota Chapter 609, 169, 169A, 171, 340A, and 152 of Minnesota Statutes as prescribed by the Minnesota P.O.S.T. Board. Students are introduced to the criminal, traffic, alcohol and drug statutes applicable to law enforcement. Instruction is given on interpretation of the statutes by identifying and analyzing the elements necessary to make an arrest and obtain a conviction. Students will explain the elements of offenses as stated in the Minnesota Code books. Students will also explain special Minnesota peace officer duties associated with specific statutes. Laws relating to the use of force and use of deadly force will be discussed and analyzed. Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Minnesota Police Officer Selection Test (P.O.S.T.) licensing exam. This course includes criteria required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training and Learning Objectives for Professional Peace Officer Education. Prerequisites: Students must be enrolled in the Law Enforcement or Corrections Program or obtain instructor approval prior to registering for this course. (3 Cr ? 3 lect, 0 lab)

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CRJU2122
Criminal Procedure *

This course introduces students to the basic concepts of Criminal Procedure through the study of the U.S. Constitution. Special emphasis is given to the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, and Fourteenth Amendments pertaining to law enforcement. This course reviews previous court decisions. Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Minnesota P.O.S.T. licensing exam. This course includes criteria required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training and Learning Objectives for Professional Peace Officer Education. Prerequisite: Students must be enrolled in the Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice program or obtain instructor approval prior to registering for this course. (3 Cr ? 3 lect, 0 lab)

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CRJU2202
Juvenile Law and Procedures

This course introduces concepts, theories, and statutes associated with juvenile offenders with specific treatment method and modalities as applied to this offender group. Students are introduced to the various correctional facilities, programs, and professional interventions available to youth offenders. Specific differences among delinquent offenders and various types of juvenile statutes are presented along with the dispositional alternatives available ranging from Diversion through Extended Juvenile Jurisdiction (EJJ) and Certification. Several landmark legal cases involving juvenile matters are presented. The Minnesota Juvenile Code and Court Procedure are examined. In addition to traditional educational experiences, students have opportunities to attend and participate in workshops, seminars, conferences, and/or other relevant training sponsored by various associations and organizations within the criminal justice system. These experiences provide avenues for possible future employment in Juvenile Corrections. Successful completion of this course prepares students for the Minnesota P.O.S.T. licensing exam. This course includes criteria required by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training and Learning Objectives for Professional Peace Officer Education. (3 Cr ? 3 lect, 0 lab)

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CRJU2235
Law Enforcement and Community *
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EMER1210
Emergency Medical Care/First Responder *

This course fulfills Minnesota Emergency Medical Services Regulatory Board (EMSRB) requirements for First Responder and is recognized by the Police Officers Standards and Training (POST) for the state of Minnesota. Care of the sick and injured prior to Emergency Medical Service (EMS) arrival, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/automated external defibrillation (A.E.D.), triage, use of emergency care equipment and Patient Disentanglement are included. Upon successful completion, students may be recognized as a Minnesota First Responder. (3 Cr - 2 lec, 1 lab)

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*Indicates courses that should be taken during your final year of the Law Enforcement Program or with advisor approval.

MnTC General Education Courses (30 Credits Needed)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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ENGL1101
Composition I (Goal 1 & 2) or ENGL1102

This is an introductory college writing course designed to help students develop effective writing skills for college level work.  Students learn to generate ideas and organize them into unified, coherent essays.  Methods of instruction vary, but most sections combine individual conferences and peer review with regular class meetings.  Prerequisites:  A grade of C or higher in ENGL 0960 or appropriate placement score.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SOCI1101
Introduction to Sociology (Goal 5 & 7) or SOCI1103
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SPCH1100
Fundamentals of Speech (Goal 1 & 9) or SPCH1110 or SPCH1200

This course focuses on the theory and practice of public communication including individual and group presentations.  This course emphasizes audience analysis, organization, content development including topic selection and speaking ethics.  Students will prepare and deliver a variety of both individual and group presentations and demonstrate an ability to apply research from diverse sources.  Students should expect to reduce speech apprehension and develop self-confidence in their ability to communicate in public.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM and 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SOCI2125
Cultural Diversity (Goal 5 & 7)

This course examines the historical framework and the social interactions of racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Gender, sexual orientation, religion and other characteristics that contribute to a culturally diverse society are also described and analyzed in this course. MnTC (Goals 5/SS and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PSYC - Psychology Elective (any MnTC Psychology)
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Any MnTC Elective
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Please consult with the Program Coordinator regarding other suggested courses/electives to complement your education.

Last Updated: March 23, 2017