TRACK 1: PROFESSIONAL PEACE OFFICER EDUCATION (PPOE) This program is designed for the individual who wants to become a peace officer (City Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, State Trooper, DNR Conservation Officer) in the state of Minnesota. The student is awarded an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree from Ridgewater College upon successful completion of the prescribed curriculum of 69 semester credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.00. After completion of the program, the student will be authorized to take the POST Board licensing exam. Students who pass this exam are eligible to be licensed peace officers in the state of Minnesota.
 
Course Outline
 
Required Courses
(8 Courses)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
LAWE 1010 Law Enforcement Practicum 12 
LAWE 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice
LAWE 113 Minnesota Statutes
LAWE 201 Criminal Procedures
LAWE 223 Law Enforcement Communications and Employment Prep
LAWE 231 Law Enforcement Operations and Community
LAWE 251 Law Enforcement and Human Behavior
LAWE 295 POST Seminar
Total Credits: 31  
 
Elective Courses
(select 2 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
EMS 1016 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic
EMS 1033 Emergency Medical Responder
EMS 2008 EMT Blended Learning
EMS 2009 First Responder Blended Learning
Total Credits: 2  
 
Elective Courses
(select 1 credit from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
LAWE 105 Introduction to Corrections
LAWE 151 Self-Defense: The PR-24
LAWE 152 Self-Defense for the Peace Officer
LAWE 241 Criminal Investigations
LAWE 242 Terrorism and Homeland Defense
LAWE 290 Cooperative Education 4*
PE 114 Physical Agility
Total Credits: 1  
 
Goal Area 1: Communications
(select 9 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
CMST 121 Introduction to Communication
ENGL 121 College Composition I - Critical Reading & Writing
ENGL 122 College Composition II: Writing with Sources
Total Credits: 9  
 
Goal Area 3: Natural Sciences
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 4  
 
Goal Area 5: History and the Social/Behavioral Sciences
(select 7 credits from the courses below)
Minimum grade of C- required in SOC 240
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
PSYC 131 Introduction to Psychology
SOC 240 Juvenile Delinquency
Total Credits: 7  
 
Goal Area 6: The Humanities and Fine Arts
Choose one course
See your advisor to select courses that fulfill this requirement.
Total Credits: 6  
 
Goal Area 7: Human Diversity
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Minimum grade of C- required
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
SOC 105 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 107 Marriage and Family Living
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 8: Global Perspective
(1 Course)
Choose one course
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
SOC 242 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Total Credits: 3  
 
Goal Area 9: Ethical and Civic Responsibility
(select 3 credits from the courses below)
Course
Number
Course Title Credits
POLS 131 Introduction to Political Science
POLS 132 American National Government
POLS 133 State and Local Government
SOC 106 General Social Problems
SOC 241 Criminology
Total Credits: 3  
 
Total AAS Degree Credits: 69  

*Credits for this course are variable. See your Advisor about this course.