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SLC advising

The School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice advisors recognize that students are in various places in their academic careers and advising needs vary greatly. All academic planning and decisions are ultimately your responsibility. We look forward to working closely with you on your academic journey.

Pre-major Advising Workshop

Information and dates for the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice's pre-major advising workshop (PAW).

Forms and handouts

Both the SLC Enrollment Request process for CJS 101 and CJS and the SLC Closed Class Petition process have been discontinued. For enrollment in full classes, use the waitlist.  If extenuating circumstances exist, contact the instructor(s)


Note: Program worksheets/checklist, course sequences  are found on the program pages.


Credit for prior learning

After you are admitted to the major completion program, an advisor from the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice will review your continuing education records. Your advisor will help you create a plan that will incorporate your training, organize your experience and demonstrate your knowledge in the academic area.

Some law enforcement continuing education programs that students have used to fulfill some elective requirements are:

  • Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) continuing education
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Academy continuing education
  • Investigation courses
  • DARE continuing education
  • Intoxilyzer continuing education

If you have questions, contact Susan Hilal at 763-657-3767 or

Careers and internships in criminal justice

Educational programs offered through the School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice prepare students for employment and career advancement in a range of challenging and exciting careers. These include municipal, county and state law enforcement, criminal investigation, corrections supervision and administration, correctional treatment specialist and court administration.

The school's degree programs are designed for individuals interested in preparing for careers as well as for current practitioners who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills. Many of these career areas are projected to have marked growth in coming years.

Frequently asked questions

Q. What is the difference between the law enforcement and criminal justice majors?

A. Law enforcement is for those interested in becoming licensed peace officers in the state of Minnesota. It is also a good choice for currently licensed peace officers who wish to complete a bachelor's degree.

Criminal justice is for those interested in a broad range of careers in the criminal justice system including juvenile justice, parole, probation, law enforcement, courts and corrections.

CJS 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice and CJS 201: Foundations in Criminal Justice provide students with a good overview of the system and may help students make decisions about their educational and career goals. As students take criminal justice and law enforcement courses, they will also have the opportunity to interact with instructors and other students to gain additional insight into these areas.

Q. Can I complete my entire degree program online?

A. The criminal justice and law enforcement majors consist primarily of on-campus instruction. These are not online degree programs. However, we offer individual online courses subject to availability.

Q. Where are classes held?

A. Most criminal justice and law enforcement classes are held at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center in Brooklyn Park, co-located with Hennepin Technical College. Any courses that you take outside of your major may be located at other university locations. Be sure to confirm class locations in eServices when you register.

Q. Can I tour the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center?

A. Due to increased security in this building, we do not offer tours.

Q. What is a "cohort course" or "cohort code"?

A. The School of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice has cohort certificate program for students who already possess a baccalaureate degree

A cohort program has a special admissions process and, once admitted, students enroll in courses together as a cohort. Only cohort students may register for cohort courses unless otherwise indicated on the class schedule.

Q. How do I get into a full or closed class?

A. SLC faculty and community faculty are not permitted to grant capacity overrides. Students are expected to use priority registration; when a class fills, students should use the waitlist function when available.