The Department of Criminal Justice Studies (CJS) was founded as a one faculty member department by Dr. Robert Prout in 1972.
Today, CJS has eight full time faculty members and 14 part time faculty members. Full time CJS faculty are active in research, journal article and book publication, and national and international professional criminal justice organizations.
All part time faculty work in criminal justice-related jobs and have graduate or law degrees. Part time faculty offer up-to-the-minute courses in their areas of expertise, and career contacts for students. Part time faculty have included law enforcement managers, prosecuting attorneys, defense attorneys, correctional officers, women’s advocates, people of color, judges, probation officers, private security executives and others.
The first CJS graduating class in 1975 had 15 students. Since then, CJS has graduated more than 2280 CJS Bachelors Degree recipients and 300 Masters Degree recipients.
As of Spring Semester 2010, there were 219 admitted CJS majors and 74 enrolled CJS graduate students.
CJS was the first department at SCSU to require an independent Senior Thesis research project with a required oral defense of that project.
CJS students are eligible to participate in more than a dozen SCSU study abroad programs, including England, Germany, Australia, South Africa, and a criminal justice summer program in Croatia.
CJS was the first department at SCSU to offer all of its courses required for the CJS Bachelors degree online, and all of its courses required for the CJS Masters degree online.
Some CJS Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree holders have done all of their CJS classes online.
During Academic Year 2009-2010, more than 2100 students enrolled for CJS online courses.
A minimum 2.65 GPA is required for admission to the undergraduate Criminal Justice major.
CJS has more than 130 undergraduate internship sites in Minnesota.
CJS has articulation agreements with Alexandria Technical College, Hibbing Community College, Mesabi Range Community and Technical College, Rasmussen College, Ridgewater College, St. Cloud Technical and Community College and Pine Technical College.
CJS now hosts Ph. D. courses taught by University of North Dakota by interactive television on the SCSU campus.
CJS has been approved for 30 years by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (MPOST) Board to teach courses preparing students for the statewide MPOST Knowledge Examination. CJS students have had a 96 % pass rate on the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training statewide licensing examination.
CJS is now hosting Alexandria Technical College’s ten week Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training (MPOST) Skills Course on the SCSU campus during the summer. In the first three summers, enrollment has grown from 37 to 56 to 63 students.
CJS hosts the annual F.B.I. Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar (LEEDS) on the SCSU campus in May each year. More than 252 regional law enforcement managers have completed the LEEDS course.
CJS staffs its own Undergraduate Academic Advising Center year round with Graduate Assistants trained by the SCSU Office of Records and Registration.
CJS has a year round Graduate Assistant computer specialist who solves CJS student D2L online instruction computer problems, manages digital audio and video recording, creates faculty videopodcasts and other materials for online classes, and updates the CJS web page.