Characteristics of the U of M Crookston’s Programs of Study

All baccalaureate degree programs at the U of M Crookston:

  • lead to a bachelor of science or bachelor in an applied field degree.
  • are applied and career-oriented. Emphasis areas permit programs to match student interests and workforce requirements.
  • require a minimum of 120 total credits to permit graduation in four years.
  • require a minimum of 40 credits of liberal education and 3 credits of technology (ITM or CA).
  • require 40 upper division credits.

In accordance with the University of Minnesota Crookston mission, all programs are:


  • Prepare students to participate in and manage a diverse workforce.
  • Linked to employers in a variety of ways (such as field trips, on-site assignments, shadowing, and shared databases).
  • Require an internship or field experience.
  • Respond to changes in the workforce via interaction between faculty and employers.
  • Are evaluated by a Program Improvement Advisory Committee whose membership comes from business and industry.
  • Designed around active learning and responsive teaching.
  • Taught by team leaders and project directors.
  • Actively involve students in the learning process.
  • Emphasize application and solving real world problems.
  • Allow students to develop portfolios of their experiences to demonstrate their personal and career development.


  • Technology outcomes are central to every course.
  • Students gain technical competence that meets or exceeds the needs of industry.
  • Students use e-mail, interactive communication technology, and the Internet.
  • Interactive television and online course delivery enables students to take courses offered by other higher education institutions.
  • Students develop the ability to adapt to technological change—an essential ability for career success.

Focused on three core competencies

Every program has curriculum focused on developing skills in the following core areas:

  • Communication
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Speaking
    • Listening
    • Using technology
  • Critical Thinking
    • Problem solving
    • Applied learning
  • Working With Others
    • Teamwork
    • Diversity

Note: Expanded definitions and performance indicators of the core competencies are described in this document PDF File Icon


  • Learner outcomes are published for each course.
  • Program outcomes are published for each program.
  • Active assessment of outcomes guides curriculum decisions.
  • Quality is judged through annual assessment reports and comprehensive program reviews that occur every six years.

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