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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
2019-2020 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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CJS 2099 - Criminal Justice Capstone

Credits: 2
Hours/Week: Lecture 2 Lab None
Course Description: This capstone course is the culmination of the criminal justice student’s academic experience. It serves to synthesize the knowledge gained from each course taken within the criminal justice curriculum and better prepare the graduate to continue on to upper-division studies in the discipline or for entry-level career positions in the criminal justice system. In this course, students will identify and discuss current issues and trends in criminal justice and develop a research project based on their interests in the field. Students will prepare a written report and present their project to the class. This course requires fifteen completed credits in criminal justice or sociology with a grade of C or higher in each course.
MnTC Goals

Prerequisite(s): CJS 1020  and CJS 2089  and instructor consent.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: The capstone course is designed to integrate the students learning experiences across his/her entire criminal justice studies. In order to gain the most from this class it is recommended the student take this class at or near the end of his/her program of study.

Major Content
  1. Research designs appropriate for criminal justice
  2. Research ethics and professionalism
  3. Criminal justice research topics
  4. Writing a criminal justice research paper
  5. Presentation of criminal justice research paper
  6. Current issues and trends in criminal justice
  7. Educational and career pathways and strategies for success in criminal justice
  8. History and future of the criminal justice system
  9. Literature review of criminal justice sources
  10. Report writing for different criminal justice audiences

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. demonstrate fluency with the current literature and trends in criminal justice theory, research, and practice.
  2. discuss the history, currency and future of the criminal justice system.
  3. examine academic and professional career pathways in criminal justice.
  4. identify and discuss current issues and trends in criminal justice.
  5. research topics regarding the criminal justice system.

Competency 1 (1-6)
Competency 2 (7-10)

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