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CJS 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice

This course provides an overview of the American criminal justice system with an emphasis on the roles and duties of police, courts, and corrections. Students examine current and future issues of the system such as due process, administration of justice, ethics, community policing, technology, and rehabilitation efforts. The course illustrates the criminal justice process from the initial violation of the criminal law, to the punishment and release of convicted persons, including juveniles.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 1, 1998 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Describe the various components of the criminal justice system including their origins, development, structure, functions, and goals.
  • Summarize the processes and rights of individuals from arrest through sentencing.
  • Describe the impact of crime on society and the obligation of the criminal justice system to respond.
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of local, state, and federal agencies in the criminal justice system and the limits of each.
  • Develop and improve critical thinking and communication skills.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Introduction to Criminal Justice Thompson, Kristin M Hahn, Stephanie A Books for CJS-101-50 Spring 2024 Course details for CJS-101-50 Spring 2024

Fall 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
50 Introduction to Criminal Justice Hilal, Susan M Books for CJS-101-50 Fall 2024 Course details for CJS-101-50 Fall 2024