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Criminal Justice

Bachelor of Arts


The Criminal Justice BA Program (CJ-BA) at Concordia St. Paul sets a solid foundation for rewarding careers across the criminal justice system. From law enforcement to corrections and many other areas within criminal justice, CSP graduates enter their careers equipped to help shape a new future for policing and criminal justice in our communities.  Highly experienced professionals from the criminal justice field lead CSP’s core criminal justice programming. Students explore emerging trends and changes in law enforcement, professionalism, creative decision making, and leadership development for career-ready, promotable skills.  The CJ-BA 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.


Course Length

44 Credits


On Campus

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From the beginning courses in the CJ-BA program, students immerse themselves in the foundations of criminal justice and modern research into policing in the 21st Century. Students gain job-specific knowledge along with a depth of understanding of Constitutional, cultural, and ethical considerations associated with law enforcement positions. 

Up-to-date curriculum takes into account current-day challenges and trends in criminal justice – along with skills and knowledge relating to the integration of all aspects of criminal justice. 

Advanced programming goes beyond the basic knowledge required to enter law enforcement to foster new leaders in policing and criminal justice that align with the modern challenges and opportunities for students to make a real difference in the communities they’ll serve. 

The CJ-BA program also provides core Minnesota-specific instruction to prepare students for licensure and POST certifications required to work in their chosen field.