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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Law Enforcement

Page address: http://sbs.mnsu.edu/government/brochures/le.html

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
Department of Government
109 Morris Hall
507-389-2721

Chair: Avra Johnson, Ph.D.

Program Director:  Tamara Wilkins, Ph.D.

Program Advisor:  Trudy Kunkel, M.A.

Faculty:  Bruce Biggs, Ph.D., Susan Burum, J.D., Colleen Clarke, Ph.D., Thor Dahle, Ph.D., Trudy Kunkle, M. A., Carl Lafata, Ph.D., Pat Nelson, Ph.D., Tamara Wilkins, Ph.D.

Program Description:  Minnesota State University, Mankato's Law Enforcement is one of the best in the state.   We offer two options in Law Enforcement degrees: Option I and Option II.  Option I is the path to take if you are interested in becoming a licensed peace officer in the state of Minnesota. .All peace officers in the state of Minnesota must be licensed under the regulation of the Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T) board.  While admission into the Law Enforcment major is open to any student who is admitted into the University, admission into the Law Enforcement Option I program is a separate step and only open upon the completion of the Core Courses (with a grade of C or better), and sucessful criminal background checks, psychological test and physical test. In addition, Option I requires the completion, of a "skills" or clinical portion of the licensure path. Upon completion of Skills, students will be prepared to take the P.O.S.T. test

Option II is the path chosen by a variety of students who are interested in the major but not in licensure.  Some of those students  may be working as peace officers with the Associate's Degree and want to complete the four-year program.  Others might be taking Option II as preparation for career choices in law, federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, as well as jobs in the non-sworn administration support side of local law enforcement

Law Enforcement B.A., B.S.

Program Requirements:

The following lists the requirements for a four year degree (Option I or II) in law enforcement. Note: If Option II is selected then a minor is also required.  The complete degree will consist of the following:

Option 1                                                                                                                                                                                       
General education classes                                                                                                                                                                    Cultural diversity classes
Major requirements
General electives
Total = 120 semester hours

 Option II
General education classes
Cultural diversity classes
Major requirements
Minor requirements
General electives
Total = 120 semester hours

Law Enforcement Major (B.A. or B.S.)
Option I

(Pre-Professional-Leads to Minnesota Licensure When Combined with Skills Component):     
LAWE 131(3)            Introduction to Law Enforcement
LAWE 231(3)            Criminal Law and Procedures
LAWE 232(3)            Victims/Survivors: Police Response
LAWE 233(3)            Criminal Investigation
LAWE 234(3)            Policing in a Diverse Society

Successfully apply for admission to Option 1 program before taking any 3/400 level classes.
See Law Enforcement office for details.

LAWE 331(3)            Police Stress
LAWE 332(3)            Police Juvenile Justice Procedures
LAWE 335(3)            Police and the Community
LAWE 343(4)            Police Emergency Response Procedures
LAWE 344(4)           Tactical Communications
LAWE 431(3)           Police Patrol: Theory and Practice
LAWE 432(3)           MN. Criminal Code (criminal code and traffic law)
LAWE 433(3)           Senior Seminar (POST review, ethics and other selected topics)

POLS 221(3)           Introduction to Political Analysis
or
POLS 260(3)           Introduction to Public Administration
or
POLS 371(3)           State and Local Government

Six credits of LAWE electives, three at the 300/400 level; six credits of other approved electives. Total -- 56 credits

Students must also complete POLS 111, U.S. Government, which can be applied toward category 5 and category 9 of the University's general education requirements.

All listed required classes and listed electives, except LAWE 492, must be taken for a grade by Option I majors. A 2.5 GPA must be maintained in the major for admission to the program and graduation.

To be licensed in MN, student must be certified in first aid and CPR (Red Cross Emergency Response, First Responder or EMT currently qualify).

Option I is a broad major and does not require a minor.

Electives for Option I:

HLTH 210(3) (First Aid), CHEM 131, CHEM 134 or any class from law enforcement, speech, women's studies, ethnic studies, Spanish, computer Science, sociology, social work, political science, psychology, corrections, recreation, parks and leisure services that is not already required for the major.


Law Enforcement Major (B.A. or B.S.)
Option II (Generalist, does not lead to MN licensure):LAWE 131(3) Introduction to Law Enforcement
231(3) Criminal Law and Procedure
232(3) Victims/Survivors: Police Response
233(3) Criminal Investigation234(3) Policing in a Diverse Society
or
ETHN 100(3) American Racial Minorities LAWE 331(3) Police Stress
335(3) Police and the Community POLS  221(3) Introduction to Political Analysis
POLS  371(3) State and Local Government
or
451(3) Administrative Law
or
452(3) Jurisprudence
or
454(3) Civil Liberties
or
475(3) Judicial Process Three credits of LAWE electives and six credits from other approved electives. Total -- 36 credits

Students must also complete POLS 111, U.S. Government, which can be applied toward category 5 and category 9 of the University's general education requirements.

All listed required classes and listed electives, except LAWE 492, must be taken for a grade by Option II majors. 

A 2.5 GPA must be maintained in the major for graduation. Option II requires a minor. Electives for Option II:HLTH 210(3) (First Aid), CHEM 131, CHEM 134 or any class from law enforcement, speech, women's studies, ethnic studies, Spanish, computer Science, sociology, social work, political science, psychology, corrections, recreation, parks and leisure services that is not already required for the major.

Transfer Credits

If you are transferring credit from a community college, the number of credits which may be transferred is limited to 64 semester hours or 96 quarter credits. For questions of transferability of law enforcement or criminal justice classes, please contact the law enforcement program director. If you have questions regarding transferability of other classes, please contact the Office of Admissions at 507-389-1822 or fax inquiries to 507-389-5114 or call
800-722-0544.

Additional information is also on the World Wide Web at www.mnsu.edu and/or www.mntransfer.org/

How To Get Started...

Former Minnesota State University, Mankato State student:
If you wish to complete a degree, obtain another degree or become a certified peace officer, contact the Law Enforcement Program Director and start taking the classes required for your program.

Transfer Student:
Apply to Admissions for admission to Minnesota University, Mankato, forward official transcripts from college/universities attended to Admissions, consult the Law Enforcement Program Director regarding classes; required, attend orientation and start taking the required for your program.

New Students:
Apply to Admissions for admission to Minnesota University, Mankato, attend orientation and start  the classes required for your program.

Plagiarism Policy

Departmental Plagiarism Policy (Adopted on February 15, 2013)

  • All faculty members in the Department of Government agree to inform students in their classes that our department has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic dishonesty and that these types of violations of academic conduct can result in serious consequences, including the maximum penalty of failing the course, expulsion from the program, and/or referral to the Office of Student Affairs for further action at the university level.  The manner and format of this announcement remains at the discretion of each individual faculty member.
  • Each faculty member retains full discretion as to the initial determination of whether or not plagiarism occurred and which sanction(s) to use against the student found in violation of this policy.
  • If a faculty member determines that plagiarism took place and makes a decision to fail the student in the course and/or expel the student from the program, he/she should also notify the department chair.  The department chair will keep this information on record for future reference and/or appeal, if necessary.

Questions???

Drop by, give us a call or contact us on the web.

Law Enforcement Program Director
109 Morris Hall · (507) 389-1118
Minnesota State University, Mankato      
Department of Government
109 Morris Hall
Mankato, MN 56001

Office Manager: Judie Bjorling

(507) 389-2721   Fax 389-6377 e-mail  judith.bjorling@mnsu.edu 

For general admissions questions, please contact admissions.
Toll Free in Minnesota:
1-800-722-0544
or
1-507-389-1822
TDD phone 1-507-389-1915
e-mail:admissions@mnsu.edu

Write:
Admissions
209 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Minnesota State University, Mankato is an affirmative action equal opportunity educator and employer. Information in this publication will be made available In alternative format such as large print or cassette tape, upon request. Contact the Department of Government at (507)389-2721.