Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement

  • Credits: 36
  • Degree Type: Diploma
  • Campus: Thief River Falls

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement diploma is intended to provide a Criminal Justice-Law Enforcement degree to students who have previously completed a degree (Associates (AA, AS, AAS), Bachelors or Masters) at an accredited college or university and are seeking a professional peace officer's license. This diploma would include criminal justice electives, mandated by Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE), with the addition of the skills component as mandated for Minnesota Peace Officers.


Graduates are finding employment with Federal Law Enforcement agencies, State Patrol, State Conservation, County Sheriffs' departments, City Police departments, Dispatchers, Correctional Officers, and Security Guards.

According to CAREERwise, the median hourly pay as a Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers in the state of Minnesota is $29.78 per hour. The employment outlook through 2024 is expected to grow approximately 2.5%, a high-growth career.

Program Courses

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Required Courses

Course # Course Name Credit(s)
CRJU 1104 Juvenile Justice & Delinq 3 credits
CRJU 1109 Behavioral Sciences 3 credits
CRJU 2201 Criminal Law 3 credits
CRJU 2202 Criminal Procedures 3 credits
CRJU 2208 Criminal Investigations 3 credits
CRJU 2215 Traffic Law 2 credits
CRJU 2221 Law Enforcement Skills I 6 credits
CRJU 2223 Law Enforcement Skills II 6 credits
HPER 1125 Fitness & Conditioning 1 credits
HPER 2244 First Responder 3 credits
SOCI 1106 Intro Criminal Justice 3 credits

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