To avoid any problems with course requirements or any delay in your anticipated graduation date, it is recommended that CJS majors take the following required CJS courses in the following order:
- Math Prerequisite, ie: MATH 070 (If needed and as determined by math placement test)
- MATH/STAT 193 (STAT 193 is preferred)
- STAT 219 and CJS 486
- CJS 487
- CJS 415 and 488
Before any student can be admitted to a minor, they must be admitted to a major. If you are already admitted to a major field of study, you may contact the CJS Advising Office to fill out a form for official admission into the Criminal Justice Minor. This form needs to be filled out with an undergraduate advisor (SH 222) and then be signed by you, the advisor and the Department Chair. We will then process the completed form with Records and Registration.
- Typical CJS Degree Progression: Considering the pre-requisite courses for the CJS program, it is recommended that students generally follow the degree path in this order:
- General Education classes and CJS 111
- Math Prerequisite, ie: MATH 070 (if needed, based on placement exam)
- MATH/STAT 193 (STAT 193 preferred)
- STAT 219 and CJS 486
- CJS 487
- CJS 415 and 488
- General Education Requirements and CJS 111: with the exception of CJS 111, it is recommended that you complete all of your general education classes prior to focusing on Criminal Justice courses. The General Advising Office is best suited to advise on general education courses and requirements but the Criminal Justice Advising Center is also available to help with these questions.
- Math requirement: make this a priority in your first semester at SCSU. Depending on your math placement results, you may be required to take a course such as MATH 070 as a pre-requisite to your core math class, which is MATH 193 or STAT 193 (CJS prefers STAT 193). It is therefore recommended that students take their math placement test before or during their first semester at SCSU. This must be scheduled through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. This is important because your core MATH or STAT class is a pre-requisite for a required statistics course in the Criminal Justice major (STAT 219).
- Statistics requirement: STAT 219 is a required course in the Criminal Justice major and should be taken in your sophomore year.
- Other CJS pre-requisites are as follows:
- STAT 219 is a pre-requisite for CJS 487
- CJS 486 is recommended before CJS 487 but it is not a pre-requisite.
- CJS 487 is a pre-requisite for CJS 415 and CJS 488. Therefore, many CJS students take CJS 486 at the end of their junior year, followed by CJS 487 in the fall of their senior year and CJS 415 and CJS 488 in the second semester of their senior year.
- CJS 488 is the thesis requirement for a Bachelor of Arts degree in CJS from SCSU and this project is typically started in CJS 487.
- Students pursuing the law enforcement track: CJS 421, 422, and Skills are required for students pursuing the law enforcement track and will also count towards CJS elective credits. The total elective credits earned through these classes are more than the 12 CJS elective credits required for the major. Therefore, it is recommended that students pursuing the law enforcement track and that are planning on attending Skills should refrain from taking any additional CJS electives. Law enforcement students see question 25, “I want to become a police officer in the state of Minnesota. What is the procedure I must follow to become eligible for that career?”
Students interested in learning more about the general education requirements may view the current undergraduate curriculum.
- General Education Requirements: Under the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, SCSU considers all General Education requirements met with the transfer of an official Associate in Arts (AA) degree from an accredited MNSCU institution upon completion of SCSU’s PESS 122 class. The university’s PESS 122 class is a 1 credit physical education course required by SCSU for all students.
- Declare CJS Major When Applying to SCSU: When you apply for admission to SCSU, declare CJS as your major so that your Degree Audit Report reflects the CJS program requirements. This will also help you and your undergraduate advisor better evaluate if there are courses from your previous institution that meet any of our department’s course requirements.
- Contact the CJS Undergraduate Advising Center: Compare your Degree Audit Report with the CJS program to find out what requirements you have met and which ones you are still required to complete. Then stop by (SH 222), e-mail or call the CJS Undergraduate Advising Center (320-308-3016) to discuss your progress. If you would like further assistance, advisors can also help you customize an academic plan to meet your program goals.
A helpful resource for transfer students is the Transferology website
Transferology is an online tool for students and advisors for determining course equivalencies, program requirements and applicability of coursework when transferring between schools.
- Obtaining a list of your required textbooks and course materials may be found at Husky Books Express
Books may be purchased or rented in person or via the Internet from any campus bookstore:
A student may also obtain textbooks from any online resource, such as Amazon
To access your account, log in to e-services:
- Click on: Bills and Payments
- Select: Full account detail
You can either pay your bill online, by calling the Business Services Office, 320-308-4012, or by mailing your payment to: SCSU, Business Services Accounts Receivables-AS 122, 720 Fourth Ave S, St. Cloud, MN 56301. For further information, visit the Billing and Payment web page
- Verify your degree progress by accessing your Degree Audit Report located under the “Grades and Transcripts” section of the e-services website. If you have questions regarding how to read your Degree Audit Report, contact or stop by the CJS Advising office, SH222.
The office of Records and Registration
recommends that students Apply for Graduation
one to two full semesters prior to their expected graduation date, which allows time for a preliminary graduation evaluation to be performed. Please visit the CJS Advising Office (SH 222) for help filling out your application for graduation and to obtain an advisor’s signature on your form. Any deficiencies and recommended remedies will then be noted for the student.
SCSU’s Help Desk can solve many technology related problems with your HuskyNet. Ways they can assist you include:
- Activating your StarID (username)
- Configuring your laptop for HuskyNet Wireless
- Using and managing your SCSU e-mail and File/Web Space
- Learning how to use a computer or storage device
- Installing Symantec AntiVirus software
- Removing spyware and viruses from your laptop
- Using and troubleshooting software
- Recovering lost or corrupted files
To become a police officer in the state of Minnesota, one must be “eligible to be Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) licensed.” According to the Minnesota POST board website: “Eligible to be licensed means that you have completed all of the educational or Reciprocity requirements and passed the Minnesota Peace Officer Licensing Exam. Once you have passed the exam, you can be hired anytime within the following three years. After being hired by a law enforcement agency, you can work as a peace officer.”
- To become eligible to take the POST test, you must first complete a Professional Peace Officer Education program, such as the one offered at SCSU. This includes academic courses, such as SCSU’s CJS 421, CJS 422, and CJS 431, as well as a clinical skills component, which provides you with the technical tools needed for a career in law enforcement.
- Familiarize yourself with the Minnesota POST Board website and all information pertaining to licensure and education requirements. For questions regarding POST requirements, stop by the CJS Academic Advising Center (SH 222) and speak with the Skills Graduate Assistant.
- Be sure you have a good excuse, and adequate photographic documentation as you see here...
(Photo courtesy of Margrit, whose dog did eat the textbook!)