Law Enforcement Associate's Degree

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Law Enforcement Associate's Degree Course List

Major and Core Courses

Lower Division

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • Domestic Violence
  • Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts
  • Policing in America
  • Ethics and Psychology for Law Enforcement Professionals
  • Juvenile Justice: Delinquency, Dependency, and Diversion
  • Special Populations: Law Enforcement Response
  • Traffic Enforcement: Managing Traffic Violators
  • Firearms I: Fundamentals of Armed Police Response
  • Firearms II: Tactics for Combat Gunfighting
  • Use of Force I: From Empty Hands to TASERs
  • Use of Force II: Winning Violent Confrontations
  • Crime Scene Response: The Real CSI
  • Minnesota Traffic Code
  • Minnesota Criminal Code
  • Patrol Practicals: Handling Calls in Progress
  • Capstone for Law Enforcement
  • Criminal Law and Procedures: Crime and the Courtroom
  • Communication and Problem-Solving in Law Enforcement

This course is an introductory course designed to provide students with foundational knowledge of the criminal justice field and U.S. legal system. Students will explore the different components of the criminal justice system and the role of professionals involved. Students will examine the sources and the purposes of law as an effort to regulate behavior of people in organized society. Topics covered will include elements of a criminal offense, the function and purpose of law enforcement, the structure of the judicial system, and the steps of a criminal case from investigation to conviction and appeal. Students will also examine the purposes and types of punishments and unique aspects of the juvenile justice system.

Prerequisites:None

Course ID: CCJ1000
Credits: 4


This course examines the categories of domestic violence. Students will apply theory to prevention and intervention programs. The roles of each component of the criminal justice system in response to domestic violence perpetrators and victims will be explored. The course includes an examination of community resources for domestic violence.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CCJ2685
Credits: 4


This course teaches students basic to advanced computer concepts and skills, including creating and modifying Word documents, designing databases, spreadsheet creation and analysis, using the Internet and E-Commerce tools, and creating presentations with enhanced features and web tools.

Prerequisites:None

Course ID: CGS1240
Credits: 3


Students will examine the historical roots of policing in the U.S., including events and policies that have shaped modern policing strategies. Students will study the purpose and organizational structure of law enforcement agencies and the unique challenges and risks associated with policing duties. They will explore the philosophy of public service and the importance of problem-solving, communication skills, ethics, and professionalism in carrying out law enforcement duties. Officer-citizen relationship issues will be explored, including incidents involving people of diverse populations. They will also study contemporary practices concerning crime prevention and police response, including community oriented policing and intelligence-led policing. Students will examine constitutional limitations on the authority of officers in criminal cases.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CJE1006
Credits: 4


This course will examine the ethical dilemmas encountered by law enforcement professionals. Students will analyze the roles of discretion, bias, and professionalism in the field. The course will also examine sources and effects of stress in law enforcement and explore preparation for and management of stress.

Prerequisites:Criminal Law and Procedure

Course ID: CJE2566
Credits: 3


This course will provide an overview of the juvenile justice system. Students will examine the history and theoretical foundation of juvenile justice. Students will learn how child development impacts delinquency and the categories of youth addressed in the system. The course will demonstrate how the juvenile justice system functions within all components of the criminal justice system and explore current and future trends.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice

Course ID: CJE2172
Credits: 4


This course will explore the role of law enforcement in serving special populations in our communities. It focuses on mental illness, substance abuse, and other disabilities. Students will examine law enforcement’s work with victims and explore cultural diversity in policing.

Prerequisites:Policing in America

Course ID: CJE1775
Credits: 4


Students will learn the skills for legal, effective, and safe traffic enforcement on city streets and major thoroughfares. They will examine implications of traffic codes and relevant court decisions through practical application. They will explore criminal and drug interdiction strategies through effective traffic enforcement, and special considerations in impaired driver enforcement. They will learn to operate enforcement tools such as speed detection devices and alcohol sensory equipment. Students will examine the writing and articulation of enforcement decisions, and potential court outcomes of enforcement actions.

Prerequisites:Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2081
Credits: 3


Students will learn the fundamental principles of marksmanship for firearms competency, and will progress to police specific skills needed for proficiency in firearms use. They will practice the care and maintenance of firearms.

Prerequisites:Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2124
Credits: 2


Students will build upon fundamental principles of marksmanship to gain firearms skills unique to law enforcement and officer survival. They will examine considerations related to use of force and deadly force, focusing on decision-making in force levels and articulation of force decisions. They will implement tactical considerations throughout training, including combat firearms skills and mental preparation for use of deadly force. Students will experience scenario-based and simulation training to help them synthesize shooting skills with proper use-of-force decisions in real-time situations.

Prerequisite:Firearms I: Fundamentals of Armed Police Response

Course ID: CJK2247
Credits: 2


Students will learn fundamental fighting principles, including technical and psychological aspects of physical combat. They will use tactical positioning, command presence, verbalization skills, and interpretation of body language in confrontational situations. Compliance and control techniques will be taught, ranging from empty-hand techniques, ground defense, and weapon retention to application of common police officer tools such as handcuffs, chemicals, batons, and electronic control devices. They will explore concepts of physical fitness and mental survival.

Prerequisites:Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2339
Credits: 2


Students will build on fundamental police defensive tactics to synthesize physical knowledge with use-of-force decision-making. They will learn decision-making skills in ambiguous use-of-force incidents, demonstrating their ability to assess situations, respond appropriately, apply reasonable force, and articulate their reasoning. They will use practical application exercises and scenario-based training to maximize training effects.

Prerequisite:Use of Force I: From Empty Hands to TASERS

Course ID: CJK2406
Credits: 2


Students will examine the investigation processes for crime scenes and crashes. They will explore issues of scene security, evidence collection, handling, and processing, and documentation. They will discuss legal issues of crime scene processing, and review basic investigation and reporting forms and the reporting requirements established by statute and policy.

Prerequisites:Communication and Problem Solving in Law Enforcement or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2563
Credits: 3


This course will explore motor vehicle laws and statutes related to traffic enforcement in Minnesota. Students will examine rules pertaining to driving, equipment, motor vehicle insurance, driver licensing and will identify unique circumstances and vehicles in traffic law, including commercial motor vehicles, implements of husbandry, boats, and all terrain vehicles. Students will also review alcohol and drugs impairments to driving, and enforcement of related laws.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2640
Credits: 2


Students will examine the Minnesota criminal code and related statutes to gain a thorough understanding of peace officer responsibilities under Minnesota law. Students will review specific Minnesota crimes and their elements, level of offenses, charge process, applicable statutes concerning sentencing and punishment.

Prerequisites:Introduction to Criminal Justice or enrolled in certificate

Course ID: CJK2724
Credits: 2


Students will synthesize learning from all areas of training. They will respond to realistic calls for service and apply their knowledge of law enforcement to achieve resolution of a variety of common policing scenarios. They will discuss fire, arson, and explosives response. They will learn principles of good judgment and decision-making, and will articulate their enforcement choices and the potential legal implications of each. Students will also learn fundamental driving principles for routine and high-speed pursuit driving, and will apply these principles in laboratory exercises. They will discuss the legal and policy aspects of police pursuits and effective call response.

Prerequisites:Use of Force I: From Empty Hands to TASERS; Firearms I: Fundamentals of Armed Police Response; Traffic Enforcement: Managing Traffic Violators; Crime Scene Response: The Real CSI or enrolled in Certificate

Course ID: CJK2881
Credits: 4


This course will focus on demonstrating mastery of the knowledge and skills needed for a successful law enforcement career.  Students will evaluate criminal laws, procedures, and professional standards, and will reexamine learning about diverse community populations.  Students will also review licensing requirements, and the application and hiring processes to prepare for their future career.

Prerequisites:Students must be enrolled in the Law Enforcement program and in their last or second to last quarter.

Course ID: CJE2990
Credits: 2


This course introduces definitions and terminology of criminal law and procedural elements of prosecution of a criminal case. Students will examine prosecution of criminal cases in the federal and state court system. They will study crimes against persons, property, against public order, public health and safety, and defenses that may be raised in a criminal case. This course will prepare students to explore suspect’s procedural rights at all steps of a criminal case.

Prerequisites:Policing in America or Introduction to Law and the Legal System

Course ID: CJL1381
Credits: 4


Students will explore the various communication and problem-solving skills required to be successful in law enforcement. They will examine effective interpersonal skills, written skills, and communication techniques appropriate for the incident or audience. Topics covered in this course are crisis intervention and crisis management techniques, the importance of effective listening, and interviewing skills. Students will demonstrate proper report writing skills as they prepare a variety of law enforcement-related documents and explore use of technology by law enforcement officers.

Prerequisites:Special Populations: Law Enforcement Response

Course ID: CJE2422
Credits: 4

General Education Courses

Lower Division

English Composition (Required Course)

  • English Composition

This course is designed to guide students in understanding the writing process and developing their ability to write and express ideas in an organized, unified, and coherent manner. Students will produce college-level writing that reflects awareness of rhetorical strategies, writing purpose, student voice, and appropriate grammar, punctuation, and usage skills. Through reading, writing, discussion, research, and collaboration, students will practice effective writing and apply course concepts.

Course ID: ENC1101
Credits: 4

Communication (Select 1 Course)

Humanities (Select 2 Courses)

Math/Natural Sciences (Select 2 Courses)

Social Sciences (Required Courses)

  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Sociology

This course will provide students with a general understanding of basic methodologies, concepts, theories, and practices in contemporary psychology. Areas of investigation may include the goals and research methodologies of psychology, the science of the brain, theories of human development and intelligence, concepts of motivation and emotions, the science of sensation and perceptions, and the current practices pertaining to psychological disorders, therapies, and treatments.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: PSY1012
Credits: 4


This course introduces students to basic sociology terms and concepts. Students will understand how to apply sociological concepts and theories and analyze the structure and relationships of social institutions and the process of social change. Students will explore a variety of topics of sociological interest, including socialization, social inequality, social movements, and the impact of technology and social change on society.

Prerequisite:None

Course ID: SYG1000
Credits: 4

Total Associate's Degree Credits

General Education Credits: 32

Major and Core Credits: 58

Total Degree Credits: 90

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