Criminal Justice Program

Major Requirements

B.S. MAJOR - SOCIOLOGY:
CRIMINAL JUSTICE
62-63 s.h.

Admission Requirements
Retention Requirements 
Required Courses (15 s.h.)
Track Specialization 
   >Law Enforcement 
   >Corrections 

Admission Requirements

The B.S. Sociology: Criminal Justice Major is designed:1) to prepare students for entry-level positions in criminal justice and 2) for entry into a number of graduate programs such as criminal justice, corrections, police administration and other related disciplines. Students who wish to major in criminal justice must make application for admission into the program by purchasing a "Criminal Justice Student Handbook" from the WSU Bookstore. The handbook includes specific requirements and application procedures. In addition to completing an application form, each student is responsible for meeting the following requirements: 

Program Course Prerequisites

  1. Completion of a minimum of 32 semester hours of course work 
           with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 for all courses taken at WSU.
  2. Completion of ENG 111 or equivalent with no grade lower than a C.
  3. Completion of the four foundation courses (Pol 120; Soc 150;
           Soc 210; and Soc 205 or Psy 210) with a minimum GPA of 2.50
           and with grades no lower than a C.

Retention Requirements

Once admitted to the program, students must demonstrate
acceptable progress in order to remain in good standing. Acceptable progress is defined by meeting the below retention requirements:

  1. Students must maintain a 2.50 cumulative GPA for all courses taken within the Criminal Justice Program at WSU.
  2. Students must maintain their portfolio at a level acceptable to their faculty advisor and must complete their portfolio (representation of knowledge base and skills; i.e., research papers, report writing, videotapes, etc.) prior to adulation (consult with individual faculty advisors) and the portfolio requirement.


Required Courses (30-31 s.h.)

It is recommended that students complete all 100- and 200-level courses within the first two years at WSU:

Sociology (9 s.h.) 
150 Intro to Sociology (3)
An introduction to sociology as a social science concerned with the systematic study of human society;
consideration of individuals, groups and relationships. Grade only. Offered every semester.

205 Social Interaction (3)
A study of human interactions and relations among people, how social situations affect behavior, how people acquire the ability to interact as members of society, and the methods used to study human interaction.

210 Intro to Criminal Justice (3)
An introductory examination of the criminal justice system from a practitioner's perspective. This course provides an applied framework for the study of criminal justice by examining and analyzing the agencies of justice and the procedures they use to identify and manage criminal and juvenile offenders.
Grade only. Offered each semester.

Political Science (3 s.h.)
120 Introduction to American Politics (3)
A study of the purposes of American government, civil rights, the federal system, the powers and
Functions of the three branches of government, political parties and interest groups, and contemporary problems.

Psychology (3 s.h.)
210 General Psychology (3)
May be taken instead of Soc 205 Social Interaction
A broad introduction to psychology: the science of human behavior and mental processes, focusing on its questions, methods, research findings, theories and applications.

*STAT 110 Fundamentals of Statistics with 115 (LAB) (4) OR PSY 231 Statistics (3)

314 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
315 Criminology (3)
376 Introduction to Social Research (3)
418 Criminal Law & Procedure (3)
423 Race Relations & Minority Groups (3)

TRACK SPECIALIZATION

* Upon application to the Criminal Justice Program, students select one or both of the specialization tracks. If both tracks are selected, the student must take two separate internships:
  one in corrections and one in law enforcement.  

LAW ENFORCEMENT - SCJL (29 s.h.)  

REQUIRED COURSES (21 s.h.)
404 Law Enforcement Investigation and Communication (3) 
This course is designed to introduce the student to law enforcement communication. The course
provides knowledge, skills and practice in the areas of interviewing, interrogation and report writing.
Prerequisites: admission to Sociology: Criminal Justice Program and instructor's permission. Limited
to 2

417 Operations & Procedures in Law Enforcement (3) 
Quarter Course: 417
Operational and procedural requirements in law enforcement including community relations, testifying
and criminal investigation, the police subculture, use of force, ethics and patrol activities. Prerequisite:
SOC 210 and/or instructor's permission. Limited to 30 students. Grade only. Offered each semester.

491 Community Policing and Administration (3) 
Quarter Course: 491
An analysis of crime prevention and community policing including a proactive response to crime.
Examines the principles of planning, research, and evaluation. Prerequisites: admission to Sociology:
Criminal Justice Program and/or instructor's permission. Limited to 25 students. Grade only. Offered
each semester.  

* 462 Criminal Justice Internship, Law Enforcement (12)
Quarter Course: 461
An intensive, professionally supervised placement in a selected criminal justice organization for the
purpose of providing the student with an experience that integrates knowledge, methodology, and skills
in a practical setting. Prerequisites: admission to Sociology: Criminal Justice Program; at least junior
standing; and/or instructor's permission. Offered each semester. P/NC only.

* Note all field courses have an additional fee to cover malpractice insurance. 
 

ELECTIVES

          8 s.h. at the 300- or 400-level within the Department

          420 Minnesota Criminal Code & POST Review (3) (Required
          for POST certification in Minnesota. Students seeking peace
          officer licensure in the state of Minnesota must successfully
          complete 420, plus the summer skills component. Only
          students seeking licensure will be admitted.)

CORRECTIONS - SCJC (29 s.h.)  

REQUIRED COURSES (24 s.h.)
355 Corrections (3)
Quarter Course: 416
An analysis of the systems and functions of corrections including the areas of administration of
programs and security. Limited to 30 students. Prerequisite: SOC 210. Offered each semester. Grade
only.

405 Models and Strategies of Intervention (3) 
An in-depth study of therapeutic methodologies and skills used in the correctional services. Special
emphasis is on Reality Therapy to assist individual clients and small groups with behavioral and
cognitive changes. Prerequisites: SOC 210 and/or instructor's permission. Limited to 20 students.
Grade only. Offered each semester.

406 Probation and Parole (3) 
This course is designed to introduce the criminal justice student to the responsibilities of probation and
parole officers. This course provides knowledge of probation and parole services, skill building in
supervision of offenders and practical writing skills. Prerequisites: admission to Sociology: Criminal
Justice Program and instructor's permission. Limited to 25 students. Grade only. Offered each
semester.

407 Offender Assessment (3) 
This course addresses the knowledge and skills required in assessing offender custody and program
needs, and the management of offenders in institutions and the community. Prerequisites: admission to
Sociology: Criminal Justice Program and instructor's permission. Limited to 20 students. Grade only.
Offered each semester.

* 461 Criminal Justice Internship, Corrections (12) 
An intensive, professionally supervised placement in a selected criminal justice organization for the
purpose of providing the student with an experience that integrates knowledge, methodology, and skills
in a practical setting. Prerequisites: admission to Sociology: Criminal Justice Program; at least junior
standing; and/or instructor's permission. Offered each semester. P/NC only.

* Note all field courses have an additional fee to cover malpractice insurance.   

ELECTIVES

          5 s.h. at the 300 or 400 level within the Department

NOTE: Law violations may limit employment opportunities (consult with your advisor).

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