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.



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
  • FIRE101 Introduction to Fire Science 3
  • FIRE111 Hazardous Materials 3

Required Support Courses (21 credits)  Choose from:

(No more than 15 credits from one discipline area)

  • ACTG230 Fundamentals of Accounting 4
  • BIOL121 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
  • BIOL126 Interpretation of Maps and Aerial Photography 2
  • BIOL230 Introduction to Soil Science 4
  • CHEM108/109 Applied Chemisty and Lab 4
  • CHEM115 General Chemistry I
  • CJUS243 Investigation 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
  • COMM320 Public Relations 3
  • CSCI103 Survey of Computer Science 3
  • EVRN131 Introduction to GIS & GPS 3
  • EVRN231 Intermediate GIS 2
  • FIRE102 Wildlife and Rural Fire Control 3
  • FIRE211 Tactics and Strategy 3
  • FIRE219 Firefighter Essentials 3
  • FIRE220 Fire Science Certification 4
  • FIRE312 Hazardous Materials Management 4
  • FIRE315 Company Level Supervision and Management 3
  • GEOL121 Physical and Historical Geology I
  • NSCI102 Introduction to Geology 4
  • NSCI103/104 Environmental Science and Lab
  • NSCI105 Physical Geography:  Earth, Sun and Weather 3
  • NSCI107 Physical Geography: Landforms and Soils 3
  • NSCI110 Chemistry in Society 4
  • NSCI116 Introduction to Oceanography 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
  • SOCY103 Cultural Diversity 3
  • SOCY214 Criminology 3
  • SPAN161 First-Year Spanish I 4
  • SPAN162 First-Year Spanish II 4
  • SPAN165 Spanish for Public Safety 4

Electives (5 credits)

General Education:  All LSSU Associate’s degree candidates must complete the LSSU general education core requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students).

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 Core Requirements.