May 2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jun 27, 2022  
May 2022 Undergraduate Catalog

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Homeland Security and Counterterrorism

Program Description

This program provides students with a comprehensive academic knowledge of public safety; including criminology, law enforcement, courts, fire science, corrections, and industrial security as it relates to the coordination of homeland security activities between public safety agencies at various levels of government as well as the skills and techniques used in these disciplines. This degree can also provide advancement opportunities for law enforcement personnel requiring a bachelor’s degree when applying for or advancing within the profession. (Some states, including but not limited to Minnesota, require additional federal, state, local or private certification, licensing, and/or training academy completion to be eligible for employment in a homeland security, public safety, or law enforcement position.)

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of their program, the student should be able to:

  1. Explain the inter relationship between law enforcement, our judicial system, and correctional agencies.
  2. Evaluate social and ethical issues affecting public safety personnel.
  3. Evaluate civil liability issues faced by public safety personnel and how this applies to their decision making.
  4. Differentiate investigative techniques, evidence collection, and criminalistics for various criminal offenses.
  5. Describe public safety issues created by acts of terrorism including public preparedness and response.
  6. Evaluate strategies for the prevention of domestic and foreign attacks.

Potential Occupational Outcomes

Potential occupational titles for this program include, but are not limited to, first line supervisor of correctional officer, first-line supervisor, police officer, and detective.

Program Content

A minimum of 120.00 semester credit hours is required for graduation.

Required Courses in Criminal Justice and Homeland Security

All courses, 72.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Open Elective Courses

A minimum of 6.00 open elective semester credit hours is required. Qualified students will have the opportunity to elect to take masters-level courses as a part of the Dual-Credit Master of Business Administration (MBA).

Required Capstone or Internship

All courses, 4.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses in General Education

Students enrolled in this bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 36.00 semester credit hours in general education distributed among the following disciplines. Refer to the General Education section of the catalog for specific information about courses within each discipline.

12.00 Semester Credit Hours in Communications

9.00 Semester Credit Hours in Humanities (must include 3 semester credit hours of cultural diversity)

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Mathematics

3.00 Semester Credit Hours in Science

6.00 Semester Credit Hours in Social and Behavioral Sciences

Personal and Professional Development

A minimum of 2.00 semester credit hours is required.