Agreement with ND Partners offers new focus in Criminal Justice at Minot State
Posted on 2/8/2011
Minot State University, along with Dakota College at Bottineau and Turtle Mountain Community College at Belcourt, have a partnership agreement in place for a unique focus within a criminal justice degree. This focus addresses an unmet need in the state for well-trained fish and wildlife officers.
By combining the resources of MSU's criminal justice program with DCB's two-year fish and wildlife management degree and the criminal justice expertise of TMCC's faculty, the schools will provide just what students are looking for, and what the state needs, at little to no additional cost.
"What we've done is bring together the most effective and cost-efficient model possible in higher education by combining existing programs and resources into a new configuration, connected through technology," said William Archambeault, chair and professor within the MSU Department of Criminal Justice. "Each institution contributes a unique set of faculty expertise and resources to give the best college preparation possible for future North Dakota fish and wildlife officers."
The essential criminal justice and wildlife management courses in the first two years of the program will be delivered to students through interactive video networking connections. TMCC will provide freshman and sophomore-level criminal justice courses, and DCB will offer fish and wildlife classes. Students will then have earned an Associate of Science degree in fish and wildlife management from DCB.
As juniors, they transfer into the MSU criminal justice program. They will complete advanced courses in criminal justice and crimes against wildlife and fulfill remaining degree requirements leading to a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice. At MSU, many of the junior and senior-level courses will be available either online or through IVN to assist students living outside of Minot.
The focal point of this three-college collaboration is the protection of one of North Dakota's vital resources, its fish and wildlife. Through the collaboration, students will learn about fish and wildlife management, the enforcement of fish and game laws, the investigation of crimes against animals and the role of the American criminal justice system in protecting these valuable resources for future generations. Students will also learn about law enforcement careers in state and federal fish and wildlife protection agencies.
A student who earns this criminal justice degree will be an ideal fit to work in North Dakota as a fish and wildlife officer. This profession has an increasing need for highly trained candidates and employees in the state.
The agreement was signed by MSU President David Fuller, DCB Dean Ken Grosz and TMCC President Jim Davis.