Course Sequence - Riverland

Criminal Justice Transfer Pathway

Program Starts

Semester 1 (16 Credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
CRJU1200
Criminal Justice Orientation (Mandatory)
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CRJU1140
Community-Based Corrections (Offered Fall Semester Only)

This course addresses the history of community-based corrections, pretrial release and diversion, restorative justice, treatment perspectives, assessment and risk prediction, management and case planning, along with parole, reentry and problematic offenders. Students gain a general knowledge and background of the history and development of the community-based corrections and the various theories, concepts, and resources used and currently utilized in this field. (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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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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SPCH1200
Interpersonal Communication (Goal 1 & 7)

This course focuses on communicating more effectively in personal, social, and professional environments and examining the practical and theoretical aspects of human communication. The course also addresses such topics as self-esteem, listening, effective language, nonverbal communication, perception, disclosure, conflict and cultural communication.  Human diversity issues and cultural/intercultural factors and how they affect human communication are examined.  Students will also reflect on the role interpersonal process plays in relationships and reflect on individual strengths and weaknesses with regard to personal interpersonal communication.

MnTC (Goals 1/CM 7/HD); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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SOCI1101
Introduction to Sociology (Goal 5 & 7) OR SOCI1103

This course is a survey of the sociological concepts, theories and ideas that have been developed through the scientific study of human interaction. The emphasis of the course is the description and analysis of the nature and characteristics of societies, the structure and processes of social life, the influence of social forces on individuals and groups with an emphasis on cultural diversity and globalism. MnTC (Goals 5/SS and 7/HD); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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MATH2021
Fundamentals of Statistics (Goal 2 & 4) MATH2022

This course is an introduction of basic statistical methods including sampling, analyzing a research study, measures of central tendency and dispersion, probability, confidence intervals, hypothesis testing of means and proportions, Chi-square, analysis of variance, correlation, and regression. The use of statistical software is included in this course. Prerequisite: Math 0660 or qualifying score on placement test.

MnTC (Goals 4/MA and 2/CT); (4 Cr - 4 lect, 0 lab)

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Semester 2 (15 Credits)

  Course # Course Name 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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ENGL1105
Composition II: Research (Goal 1 & 2; Prereq ENGL1101) OR ENGL1104, ENGL1106, ENGL1107

This is a second semester composition course focused on the writing of an academic research paper.  Students learn how to employ the resources of an academic library and how to cite those sources in a fully documented analytical/interpretive term paper.  Prerequisites: ENGL 1101.

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

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BIOL1050
Introduction to Forensic Science (Goal 2 & 3)

This introductory course will apply the principles and theories of biology and chemistry to the study of forensic science. The focus of forensic science is the crime lab using scientific principles and techniques in order to analyze evidence that would be admissible in court.  An orientation to crime scene investigation and evidence collection will lead to analysis of the following:  Impressions, drugs and powders, blood, serology, hair, questioned documents, firearms/tool marks, bones, glass, paint, fibers, and DNA. This course is activity-based and the student participates in a variety of lab and lab-like experiences demonstrating the principles covered in the course and illuminating how scientific experimentation and research are performed and interpreted.

(MnTC (Goal 3/NS and Goal 2/CT); (3 Cr – 2 lect, 1 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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Semester 3 (14 Credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
CRJU1200
Criminal Justice Orientation (Mandatory)
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CRJU1104
Criminal Justice Field Experience I (2ND YEAR / Offered Fall Semster Only)

This course involves a 90 hour on-site experience in a professional criminal justice/corrections/law enforcement/government agency or other non-profit organization.  Students participate in progress meetings to process experiences in the professional environment.  Prerequisites:  Enrollment in the Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement program.

(2Cr – 0 lect, 2 lab)

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CRJU1135
Victimology (2ND YEAR / Offered Fall Semster Only)

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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PHIL1130
Ethics (Goal 6 & 9)

This course introduces the student to fundamental ethical principles developed throughout the history of philosophy through the study of classical and modern writings. Students are encouraged and challenged to apply such principles to contemporary issues. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lab)

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PHIL1150
Philosophy of Social Justice (Goal 6 & 9) OR Goal 6 MnTC Elective

This course engages the student in reading and activities intended to explore some of the most fundamental philosophical issues of social justice. Topics include an inquiry into the nature of the state, duties and rights of citizens, and the proper role of the criminal justice system. Philosophical analysis will take place in order to demonstrate the underpinning assumptions and theories behind such issues approaches. MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 9/EC); (3 Cr - 3 lect, 0 lect)

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PSYC1240
Developmental Psychology (Goal 5 & 9) OR PSYC1241, PSYC2260

This course explores human growth and development from the prenatal through adult life stages, including aging and death.  Students will examine the interaction between genetics and environment on the individual’s physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development.  In addition, family, culture and cohort influences will be explored.

MnTC (Goal 5/SS and Goal 9/EC); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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Semester 4 (15 Credits)

  Course # Course Name Credits  
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CRJU1105
Criminal Justice Field Experience II (2ND YEAR / Offered Spring Semseter Only)

This course involves a 90 hour on-site experience in a professional criminal justice/corrections/law enforcement/government agency or other non-profit organization. Students participate in progress meetings to process experiences in the professional environment. Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement program and must have completed CRJU 1104, Criminal Justice Field Experience I. (3 Cr - 0 lect, 3 lab)

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CRJU2201
Corrections and Penology (2ND YEAR / Offered Spring Semseter Only)

This course introduces the student to the corrections field in the United States. Students examine the corrections systems used in Minnesota and other states. Community corrections as well as other correctional systems are explored. Various correctional treatment methods and sentencing alternatives are examined. The county jail, state, and federal prison systems are discussed with a focus on the functions of the institutions. Levels of security for inmates within various institutions are explored. Probation and parole functions are introduced with an exploration of the various levels of service offered. Field trips to various correctional facilities (both adult and juvenile) may be incorporated into this class. 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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CRJU2202
Juvenile Law and Procedures (2ND YEAR / Offered Spring Semseter Only)

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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HUMA2263
Religions of the World (Goal 6 & 8) OR HUMA2265

This course examines the major world religions and their “sub-groups.” Emphasis is placed on when, where and under what influences the various religions developed, the geographical areas of the world where the religions are located, as well as the primary tenets, qualities and characteristics of the religions. The course examines the place and role of religion in human life.

      MnTC (Goals 6/HU and 8/GP); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)

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ESCI1000
Earth Science (Goal 3 & 10)

This course covers the development of the earth throughout its history and relates to processes observed today.  Special emphasis is placed on the study of plate tectonics, volcanoes, earthquakes, geologic structures, rock types, weathering and erosion, glaciation, and much more.  Also studied is the interdependence between geologic processes and the environment with emphasis given to how human activities alter climate and other aspects of the earth system, plus how people cope with changing environmental conditions.

MnTC (Goal 3/NS and 10/PE); (3 Cr – 3 lect, 0 lab)   

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This is a sample course sequence resulting in a certificate, diploma or degree that is subject to change based on course availability and placement scores. We strongly recommend you meet with your Academic Advisor for an Academic Plan specific to you.

Last Updated: May 1, 2020