Bachelor of Arts inCriminal Justice

Program Overview

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.

Students have the opportunity to explore the criminal justice system within the realm of social and behavioral science. The knowledge and expertise of the faculty, small classes and individual attention allow students to develop a deep understanding of the subject matter. Some key topics in the coursework include juvenile justice, community policing, the judicial process, and criminal law. The educational outcomes in combination with the internship experience prepare students to enter a career of choice or graduate school.

Required Courses

View Criminal Justice required courses on our academic catalog website.

Career Potential

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