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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts


The Criminal Justice BA (CJ-BA) Program is designed for students who desire to enter or are newly entering a Criminal Justice System (CJS) profession, and those already established who are seeking long-term career growth.


Program Length

44 Credits


On Campus

The program provides an overarching view of the criminal justice system; highlighting foundational and evolving changes, current research trends, professionalism, ethics, creative decision-making, and leadership development as central themes. CSP graduates enter their careers equipped to help shape a positive future for criminal justice in our communities.

The Criminal Justice program has been approved by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) academic licensure requirements, and continuing education (CE) credits toward annual licensure requirements.



Program Details

From the first courses in the CJ-BA program, students immerse themselves in the foundations of criminal justice and modern research. Students gain job-specific knowledge along with a depth of understanding of Constitutional, cultural, and ethical considerations associated with roles in the criminal justice system.

Advanced coursework goes beyond the basic knowledge required to enter law enforcement. The program aims to foster new leaders in criminal justice that align with modern challenges and opportunities. Upon graduation, students will find themselves equipped to make a real difference in the positions which they serve.

For professionals who have already earned a regionally accredited degree and are looking to transition into the Law Enforcement field of service, we offer a fast-track Criminal Justice MN POST Licensure Eligibility Certificate. The certificate consists of six-courses to complete the POST academic requirements, which prepares you for the tactical SKILLS component and MN POST Licensure exam.

Interested in the online version of this program? Click here.


CSP was ranked in the Top 10 “Career Ready” Institutions & Top 10 “Career Ready” Feedback for First-Generation College Students in the 2021 SkillSurvey Career Readiness.

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career support

The support system you’ll enjoy at CSP continues far past the day you receive your diploma. Our Office of Career Development helps students and alumni find meaningful work through job & internship assistance, networking opportunities, interview prep, and much more.

Meet Our Faculty

Our world-class faculty use their decades of experience to nurture your success from the first day of class all the way to graduation— and beyond.

Janina Cich

Chair - Department of Criminal Justice, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Human Services Forensic Behavioral Health and Trauma, Resilience

Elizabeth Glynn Chambers, PH.D.

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice

Jason Mereness

Criminal Justice Adjunct Professor