Program Overview

The Law Enforcement Major for Minnesota Licensed Peace Officers is designed for those who wish to earn a bachelor's degree and enhance their knowledge, skills and potential for professional advancement. The Law Enforcement Major may be completed on campus or online.

Declare Your Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Law Enforcement Major for Minnesota Licensed Peace Officers program, students must submit a School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when the following is completed:

  • Licensed peace officer (active or inactive) with an associate degree earned from an accredited college or university
  • 30 credits, including two writing courses, with a minimum GPA of 2.25
  • Admission to Metropolitan State University
  • SLC Pre-major Advising Workshop (PAW) for on-campus students, or an evening program orientation for online students

Declare Your Program

Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right hand column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

All Metropolitan State University students must complete at least 30 credits in residency at Metropolitan State. All law enforcement students must complete 24 major credits at Metropolitan State University which can be applied toward the 30 credit university residency requirement. Students must complete at least 40 upper division credits and 120 credits total in order to graduate. All major courses must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Major Electives

Major electives are selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. In general, electives may include law enforcement or criminal justice courses, courses in other disciplines focusing on professional development, course requirements for a minor or certificate, and/or evaluation of prior learning.

Online Program

The online Law Enforcement Major Completion Program (LEMCP) is a cohort program which begins in fall semester of each year. Students are required to attend an orientation/Pre-major Advising Workshop (PAW) at Metropolitan State University SLC in August to meet instructors and fellow students, learn about Web-based courses, and finalize degree plans with an advisor. This is the only required travel to campus during the program.

The eight core courses required for the law enforcement major are offered online in a cohort schedule in fall and spring semesters. Students are encouraged to work on major electives and other degree requirements during the summer. Although the major courses are available online, remaining degree requirements are not guaranteed to be offered using an online delivery format.

Commitment

Students must make a commitment to complete these courses in sequence with their cohort. If it is necessary to withdraw during the sequence, students may need to re-apply for admission to a subsequent cohort.

Completing Degree Requirements

In addition to the courses above, students must also meet the University's degree requirements which vary depending on individual transfer credits. Cohort program advisors will help identify ways to meet these requirements, including classroom courses, online courses, and/or prior learning.

Questions? Contact Mary Schober Martin at 763-657-3751 or mary.schobermartin@metrostate.edu.

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Course List

Prerequisites

No Prerequisites

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Requirements ( 50 total credits)

Required Courses (31 credits)

CJS 201 is a prerequisite for all core CJS and LAWE courses; CJS 301, CJS 320, CJS 360, and CJS 375 are prerequisites for CJS 490. CJS 490 should be completed during the student's last semester.

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Law Enforcement Major Completion Program Online Course Schedule (31 credits) - First Semester

Online cohort courses are offered in the following sequence: (subject to change)

  • CJS 201 Foundations in Criminal Justice
    3 credits

    This course introduces students to the fundamentals of academic research and professional development related to the discipline of criminal justice and law enforcement. Students learn to search, locate, retrieve, evaluate, and document research sources as well as prepare research papers using writing and citations styles expected in criminal justice and law enforcement courses. The course will also broaden students' understanding of the direct and indirect criminal justice professional opportunities and equip students with the tools to begin to pursue careers in the field.

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  • LAWE 431 Police Culture
    4 credits

    This course will explore the complex interactions between police culture and issues relating to integrity and ethics for the police. It will examine the underlying values of the police culture and how those affect police behavior. Loyalty, racism, and use of force issues will be examined.

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Second Semester

Program note: Additional REQUIRED course CJS 360 Diversity in Criminal Justice

  • CJS 375 Ethics and Professionalism in Criminal Justice
    4 credits

    Examines a range of moral dilemmas which criminal justice practitioners are likely to face in their duties. Using both moral theory and detailed case examples, students learn to apply moral principles and concepts to a given situation, recognize the relevance of moral principles and concepts, and apply their individual moral philosophy to resolving these situations in a satisfactory manner. This course meets corresponding learning objectives of the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training.

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Third Semester

  • CJS 301 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
    4 credits

    This course examines the scientific research methods used in criminal justice research. Students learn a variety of research methods and apply them to various types of research being conducted within the criminal justice system. This course examines both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

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  • LAWE 445 Law Enforcement Leadership: Contemporary Issues
    4 credits

    The course explores contemporary leadership, motivation, teambuilding, change, and working with difficult people, along with the roles and responsibilities of the first line supervisor within a law enforcement agency.

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Fourth Semester

  • CJS 320 Criminology and Public Policy
    4 credits

    This course focuses on theories, concepts, narratives, and myths of crime and delinquent behavior. Contemporary issues and controversies within the criminal justice field are explored in social, political, and economic context. Special emphasis is placed on the role of race, class, gender, and culture in relation to the etiology, prevention, control, and treatment of crime and delinquency. This course is committed to general theoretical debate, examination of the interrelation between criminological theory and research, and empirical analyses of policy and practice.

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  • CJS 490 Criminal Justice Capstone Research
    4 credits

    Using both a theoretical and practical framework, this experience is designed to help students integrate and synthesize their undergraduate experiences. An applied project demonstrates discipline mastery of a subject and serves as a vehicle for future work and study in the criminal justice field. Note: This course should be taken the semester the student graduates.

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Electives: Online Program (19 credits)

Electives are selected in consultation with the student's faculty advisor. In general, electives may include law enforcement or criminal justice courses, courses in other disciplines focusing on professional development, course requirements for a minor or certificate, and/or evaluation of prior learning.

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