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Criminal Justice Major

Criminal Justice Major

Majoring in Criminal Justice involves the study of how criminal conduct is investigated, arrests are made, evidence is gathered, charges are brought, defenses are raised, trials are conducted, sentences are rendered and punishment is carried out. You’ll explore the criminal justice system within the realm of social and behavioral science. What are the benefits of community policing? What constitutes cruel and unusual punishment? How can juvenile offenders be rehabilitated? You’ll gain knowledge and skills that are important for careers in law or law enforcement as you take 44 credit hours towards a Bachelor of Arts degree, and the criminal justice curriculum meets the requirements for Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certification.

You'll also have real opportunities to learn beyond the classroom via a 12-credit internship, Criminal Justice Club activities, service-learning projects and more. Because we design our criminal justice program to be responsive to the exact needs of the marketplace, it will be a relevant degree if you’re considering a career as a correctional officer, criminal psychologist, criminologist, law enforcement officer, probation or parole officer or private security officer.

Careers and Internships

Correctional Officer
Criminal Psychologist
Federal Law Enforcement
Local Law Enforcement
Probation Officer
Parole Officer
Private Security Officer
State Law Enforcement
Prison Guard

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