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Lake Superior State University

Criminal Justice-Homeland Security

Program Description

This emphasis provides students with the knowledge and information related to careers in law enforcement and investigation with agencies such as Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), municipal, county and/or state emergency management, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Internal Revenue Service, Transportation Security Administration (TSA), US Secret Service and numerous other agencies.  Students are strongly encouraged to continue their studies to complete a Bachelor's degree to be successful in today's competitive labor market.

Program Learning Outcomes:

Graduates of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders Programs will be able to communicate effectively at a professional level, both orally and in writing.

USE OF EVIDENCE (UE): Graduates of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders Programs will complete a Senior research project that demonstrates professional level inquiry, analysis, and presentation of a relevant issue in the field of criminal justice.

ANALYSIS AND SYNTHESIS (AS): Graduates of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders programs will demonstrate professional level critical thinking and problem solving skills.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY (PR): Graduates of the Criminal Justice and Emergency Responders programs will demonstrate professional responsibility in teamwork, civic engagement, intercultural knowledge and competence, ethical reasoning, and practical applications of those responsibilities while interning in a professional setting, student projects, and group work.

Degree Requirements

Departmental Requirements (18 credits)

  • CJUS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
  • CJUS103 Introduction to Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
  • CJUS203 Cyberterrorism 3
  • CJUS204 Domestic and International Terrorism 3
  • CJUS243 Investigation 3
  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science 3

Complete one of the following two options:

Generalist Concentration (21 Credits) chosen from list.  Must include at least 6 credits in Criminal Justice:

  • CJUS302 Hate Crimes 3
  • CJUS303 Critical Infrastructure Protection 3
  • CJUS313 Crisis Intervention and Deviant Behavior 3
  • CJUS319 Substantive Criminal Law 3
  • CJUS321 Ethical Issues in Public Safety 3
  • CJUS325 Homeland Security and Emergency Services 3
  • CJUS384 International and Comparative Criminal Justice Systems 3
  • CJUS484 Futures Research 4
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS & GPS 3
  • FIRE102 Wildlife and Rural Fire Control 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials 3
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management 4
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management 3
  • NSCI102 Introduction to Geology 4
  • NSCI103/104 Environmental Science and Lab 4
  • POLI120 Introduction to Legal Processes 3
  • POLI130 Introduction to State and Local Government 4
  • POLI201 Introduction to Public Administration 3
  • POLI241 Introduction to International Relations 4
  • PSYC259 Abnormal Psychology 3

Certification Concentration (19 Credits) Note:  Requires Admission to MCOLES academy - courses are taken in final spring and summer:

MCOLES Academy Admissions Requirements:

  • Age 21 minimum
  • U.S. Citizen
  • Resident of Michigan
  • Valid MI Drivers Licenses
  • Complete and pass Reading and Writing test as prescribed by MCOLES (National Standardized screening test)
  • Meet MCOLES physical fitness entrance standards within 120 prior to start
  • Meet MCOLES health and vision minimum standards
  • Successfully pass the entrance interview and background screen
  • No Felony convictions
  • Honorable discharge from Military with 2 years full-time duty service as a military police officer within 2 years of discharge with a minimum placement at the B-Band on the MCOLES reading and writing pre-screening test or meet the MCOLES minimum education standard of Associates degree (62 semester credits minimum)

Students apply for admission in the fall for the academy sequence that runs from January-June.

General Education: All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Requirements.

A minimum of 62 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Requirements.

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