2016-17 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalogs

Department of Criminal Justice

Dr. Gary Rabe

Criminal Justice Mission Statement

The mission of the Department of Criminal Justice at Minot State University is to: (1) Prepare students for entry- and mid-level positions in the field related to Criminal Justice including law enforcement, courts, and corrections; (2) provide students with academic, philosophical, and practical exposure to functions, practices, and issues in fields related to criminal justice; and (3) provide a criminal justice degree opportunity to students off-campus through continuing education courses at Minot Air Force Base and Bismarck State College.

 Common Requirements for All CJ Majors:

  • Transfer students must complete a minimum of twenty-four credit hours in Criminal Justice course work in residency at MSU in order to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Residency credit includes all CJ coursework taken on the MSU campus, MSU off-campus locations, online, correspondence classes through MSU, or coursework taken as part of a formal MSU Articulation Agreement. At least half should be taken at the 300-400 level or above or Junior Senior level.
  • All transfer credit is subject to the aggregate limits established by Minot State University.
  • All Minot State University Criminal Justice majors are required to complete CJ 491 Senior Seminar.
  • All Minot State University Criminal Justice majors who intend to pursue the state certification should make application before the Spring semester of their senior year.

Articulation Agreement - Lake Region State College

Minot State University has the following Articulation Agreement for MSU students to attend one semester at Lake Region State College to enroll in their courses to complete the North Dakota Peace Officers Training Certificate. This agreement indicates how the LRSC credits will be applied to the MSU Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree.

Articulation Agreement – POTP (Peace Officer Training Program)

Minot State University Criminal Justice Department and Lake Region State College POST Program have formed a partnership to allow an entering freshman student who is majoring in Criminal Justice and who follows the suggested program of study to graduate in four years with both a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and be certified by the POST.

POST training is open to Minot State University Criminal Justice majors during the spring of their senior year. Students must make application to the Lake Region POST Program, meet physical and other requirements including a criminal background check. Following the suggested program of Criminal Justice study at Minot State University does not guarantee acceptance into the POST Program.

For more information contact the Criminal Justice Department at Minot State University. Curriculum requirements are posted on the Criminal Justice website at http://www.minotstateu.edu/cj/

Articulation Agreement – Fish and Wildlife Management

Minot State University, Dakota College at Bottineau, and Turtle Mountain Community College at Belcourt have a partnership agreement that creates a unique focus within a criminal justice degree. Through this agreement students complete the two year Associate Degree in Fish and Wildlife Management at Dakota College in Bottineau and basic criminal justice courses at Turtle Mountain Community College. Then, students transfer to Minot State University as juniors, where they will complete advanced courses in criminal justice, crimes against wildlife, and fulfill remaining degree requirements leading to a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Students interested in completing this Program should contact the Criminal Justice Department at Minot State University or the Fish and Wildlife Management Program at Dakota College. Curriculum requirements are posted on the Criminal Justice Department website at http://www.minotstateu.edu/cj/.

Bachelor of Science with a Major in Criminal Justice

General Education
General Education Courses38-40
Required Criminal Justice Core Courses
No substitutions; equivalent courses from other universities may be counted with advisor and department chair approval.
CJ 201Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 300Policing & Police-Community Relations3
CJ 322Criminal Law3
CJ 330Criminological Theory3
CJ 340Juvenile Justice System3
CJ 370Court Processing and Sentencing3
CJ 380Corrections3
CJ 491Senior Seminar3
Required Criminal Justice Elective Courses
Choose from any combination of the following; no substitutions; equivalent courses from other universities may be counted with advisor and department chair approval.
Select seven of the following:21
Introduction to Criminal Investigation
Children and Youth as Crime Victims
Interviewing and Interrogation
Special Topics
Probation, Parole, & Intermediate Punishment
Private Security and Private Justice Organizations
Policy Issues in Criminal Justice
Legal/Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice: Interface with Homeland Security and FEMA
Criminal Procedure
Women in the Criminal Justice System
Law & Society
Criminal Justice in Indian Country
Independent Study General CJ 1
Victims & Victimology
Administration of Criminal Justice Systems
Homeland Security Advance
White-Collar Crime
CJ Research and Data Analysis
Field Experience
Special Topics Criminal Justice 2
Elective Courses37
Total Hours120-122

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.


May be repeated once for 3 credit hours; consent of instructor. Prerequisite: all core courses must be completed.

Criminal Justice Minor

CJ 201Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 300Policing & Police-Community Relations3
CJ 322Criminal Law3
CJ 330Criminological Theory3
CJ 340Juvenile Justice System3
CJ 370Court Processing and Sentencing3
CJ 380Corrections3
Total Hours21

Certificate Program in Police Management and Investigation

This is a non-degree program for regular campus students which is generally designed for students to complete coursework within two semesters. This program will most specifically meet the needs of the Air Force military personnel as their need for knowledge in this specific area is in demand on a daily basis.

Required Courses
CJ 201Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJ 226Introduction to Criminal Investigation3
CJ 300Policing & Police-Community Relations3
CJ 322Criminal Law3
CJ 401Administration of Criminal Justice Systems3
CJ 499Special Topics Criminal Justice3
Total Hours18


CJ 201. Introduction to Criminal Justice. 3 Hours.

Survey of 21st Century US Criminal Justice including law, law making and court decisions, law enforcement, courts and prosecution, corrections, juvenile justice, and interface with Homeland Security, FEMA, private security, and contract justice services, and international criminal justice. Prerequisite for CJ 322, 300, 340, 370, 380, and 491. Recommended for all other CJ courses.

CJ 226. Introduction to Criminal Investigation. 3 Hours.

This course provides a broad examination of the basic principles involved in conducting a criminal investigation. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 227. Children and Youth as Crime Victims. 3 Hours.

This course will explore the recognized physical, emotional, and behavioral indicators of abuse and mistreatment of children and adolescents, and the factors and conditions which can influence their adult offenders. Potential intervention approaches will be examined regarding their suitability and desired outcomes while regarding the family relationship.

CJ 229. Interviewing and Interrogation. 3 Hours.

Examination of interviewing and interrogation knowledge, principles, interpersonal skills, methods and techniques for understanding the psychological, ethical, and legal aspects of obtaining information from subjects. Course provides the fundamentals used in law enforcement, probation, corrections, juvenile justice, and homeland security, as well as in other areas of application.

CJ 299. Special Topics. 1-8 Hour.

Independent investigations of topics of special interest related to criminal justice. Topics may vary to reflect contemporary criminal justice issues. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 300. Policing & Police-Community Relations. 3 Hours.

An historical examination of the evolution of the role of police in Western culture; included are the philosophical, social, legal, political, educational, and religious influences on the purpose of police power of the state; examines current and future trends, research, and pratices that are developed for the policing function; discusses the social and individual effectd of police work in Western society. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 320. Probation, Parole, & Intermediate Punishment. 3 Hours.

Distinguishes between probation and parole; examines community corrections options, including home confinement, electronic monitoring, intensive supervised probation/parole; uses of volunteers and paraprofessionals; presentence investigation report preparation; probation /parole officer work roles, duties; functions of jails; recidivism of clients; contemporary community correctional issues. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 322. Criminal Law. 3 Hours.

A critical examination of the development and function of western criminal law; analyzes current definitions of criminal acts and omissions, defenses, and justifications in the social and legal society of the United States.

CJ 330. Criminological Theory. 3 Hours.

Provides an examination of the majot criminological schools ot thought as well as the prominent theorists within each school; theories are presented that examine criminal motivation and the application of criminal law; additionally, the implicit theoretical assumptions regarding the punishment of offenders is examined. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 335. Private Security and Private Justice Organizations. 3 Hours.

This course introduces the areas of Private Security, Loss Prevention, Corporate Technology Security, Contract-based Private Sector Criminal Justice Organizations and their relationship to traditional components of American Criminal Justice and Homeland Security. Recommended: CJ 201.

CJ 340. Juvenile Justice System. 3 Hours.

Illustrated major components of juvenile justice system, including arrest, intake, adjudication, and disposition of juvenile offenders; examines transfer process for treating juveniles as adults; describes landmark legal cases extending rights to juveniles; examines juveniles court organization as an adversarial system; treatment of contemporary juvenile justice issues, including death penalty for juveniles and deinstitutionalization of status offenders. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 345. Policy Issues in Criminal Justice. 3 Hours.

Assessment of the development, efficacy, and politics of criminal justice policy. Emphasis on analyzing the formulation, implementation, and evaluation of criminal justice policy. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 348. Legal/Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice: Interface with Homeland Security and FEMA. 3 Hours.

The work in Criminal Justice Organizations (police, courts, corrections, and juvenile justice), Homeland Security, and FEMA are intricately related in the 21st Century, and sometimes involve the same organizations and personnel. Consequently, the challenges of legal and ethical issues are also similar. Using case analysis of actual and situational scenarios, this course explores a wide range of legal philosophies and ethical issues in decision making and agency operations. Included are conflict in standards, decision making and operational priorities during routine and crises situations, professionalism in recognizing and dealing with questionable behavior of individuals, and the consequences of failing to deal effectively with them. Recommended: 201.

CJ 350. Criminal Procedure. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to expose students to the rules and procedures in which criminal prosecutions are governed. The course begins with examining the rules and procedures of police investigations and continues throughout the process of the criminal justice process. Examples of questions that criminal procedures addresses are: When can a police officer conduct a search of a home? When can a probation officer enter probation's home without notice? Students will also examine the historical foundation of these rules and procedures.

CJ 362. Women in the Criminal Justice System. 3 Hours.

Examines the nature and extent of female offenders, victims in the criminal justice system. The course will provide students with and understanding of the processing of women offenders through the criminal justice system. Students will also become familiar with the theoretical concepts focusing on female criminality and victimization. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 365. Law & Society. 3 Hours.

Examination of the various perspectives on th development and implementation of law and assessment of the various facets of law in action. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 370. Court Processing and Sentencing. 3 Hours.

Provides students with a comprehensive analysis of the U.S. court system; the function of state and federal district, appellate, and supreme courts is reviewed; students are introduced to the influence of extra-legal factors and their differential impact on offender processing; contemporary criminal justice issues facing the court system are also examined. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 375. Gangs. 3 Hours.

Explores gang phenomena in U.S.; concentrates in recent research about formation and gang related violence including the various criminological theories that explain the social, economic, political, and environmental reasons for the rise of gangs in various American urban centers. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 380. Corrections. 3 Hours.

Examines institutionalization of convicted offenders; describes jails and prisons; investigates issues including privatization of prison operations, inmate rights; correctional officer duties/training/ responsibilities are described; examines post-institutionalization experiences of released inmates in community programs; examines classification systems used to determine one's level of custody; describes different types of prisons/jails and their functions. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 385. Terrorism. 3 Hours.

Explores terrorism from an international and national perspective; examines the social, political, and cultural reasons for terrorism including the law enforcement's fight against terrorism in the U.S. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 390. Criminal Justice in Indian Country. 3 Hours.

Course examines historical and contemporary issues of crime, delinquency, justice, and public safety on American Indian Reservations and Alaskan Native Villages in the US. Specific focus will be given tribal justice systems; tribal interactions with Federal Justice Organizations (FBI, Federal Courts and Probation, Federal Bureau of Prisons), as well as tribal interface with local/county/state police, courts and corrections in 280 states such as ND. Tribal law and order reforms under PL 111-211 are examined along with reform policies for dealing with domestic violence, substance abuse, and gang violence. Recommended: CJ 201.

CJ 394. Independent Study General CJ. 1-6 Hour.

Intensive study of sustantive interest areas of students; major literature review leading to analytical paper; topics chosen collaboratively by student and instructor/advisor. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

CJ 395. Victims & Victimology. 3 Hours.

The course provides a student's overview of the characteristics and trends of victims in a variety of settings, and the criminal justice system's perception and response to these individuals. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 401. Administration of Criminal Justice Systems. 3 Hours.

Overview of organizational theory as it applies to the administration of Criminal Justice agencies. Emphasis on criminal justice management theory and policy development. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 420. Homeland Security Advance. 3 Hours.

This course builds on a student¿s knowledge about the American Criminal Justice System and its relation to Homeland Security. Course examines Homeland Security¿s history, legal foundation, national infrastructure and interface with criminal justice. Specific focus is given: intelligence and counterintelligence, weapons of mass destruction, cyber-crime, organized crime, domestic and border security, and immigration issues. Incident command and control systems, adopted in 2012 are discussed. Students completing the course satisfactorily may wish to obtain FEMA certificates. Prerequisite: CJ 201 or consent of Department.

CJ 450. White-Collar Crime. 3 Hours.

Categories of job offending are analyzed through criminological theory, law, and the criminal and regulatory justice systems, including corporate crime, professional crime, individual crime, and crime by state workers. Traditional and novel strategies for the social control of these offenses are also presented. Prerequisite: CJ 201.

CJ 480. CJ Research and Data Analysis. 3 Hours.

This course is designed for students interested in graduate studies in criminal justice. Specific emphasis is on applying scientific methodologies and analyses to current issues in criminal justice. Research designs, sampling populations (inmates, juvenile delinquents, and minorities) will be the primary focus. Students will also learn data analysis procedures/statistics appropriate to the type of data typically collected by CJ departments and agencies. Additionally, students will be provided with hands-on experience in developing a research proposal which incorporates methods and analyses for their criminology study.

CJ 491. Senior Seminar. 3 Hours.

Integration of program outcomes with application of knowledge, values, and skills necessary for field entry, value and ethical considerations, and the development and implementation of future career objectives. Provides application of core courses, provides students with current developments in key core areas. Prerequisites: CJ 201, criminal justice major, senior status and must have completed all CJ core courses.

CJ 494. Independent Study Honors CJ. 1-8 Hour.

CJ 497. Field Experience. 1-6 Hour.

Students practicum in a criminal justice or related agency; course may be repeated in either the same or different agency; designed to enhance these experiences, supplementary readings and written assignments are required. Prerequisites: CJ 201 or consent of instructor; all core requirements must be completed before enrolling; may be repeated once for 3 credit hours.

CJ 499. Special Topics Criminal Justice. 1-8 Hour.

Specialized topics offered as regular classes; topics vary depending upon student and faculty interest. Prerequisite: CJ 201.


Criminal Justice Faculty

Hasan Buker
Associate Professor

Wojciech Cebulak

Gary Rabe

Melissa Spelchen
Assistant Professor

Michael Wardzinski