College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Criminal Justice Major (BA Traditional)

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 in the field or graduate school.

General Education Requirements

All degree seeking undergraduate students must complete the general education requirements.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts degree consists of a major of typically 32 to 44 credits or two minors, general education courses, and elective courses totaling a minimum of 120 credits.

Required
SOC 152Introduction to Sociology 14
SOC 256Introduction to Criminal Justice 14
SOC 351Juvenile Justice 14
SOC 352Police and Community 14
SOC 357Class and Community4
SOC 498Internship8
Electives
Select 16 credits of the following:16
Introduction to Psychology 1 (4)
Abnormal Psychology 1 (4)
Correctional Ministry (2)
Marriage and Family 1 (4)
Minnesota Criminal Codes and Statutes 1 (2)
Sociology of Law (4)
Minority Groups 1 (4)
Social Welfare as an Institution (4)
Social Psychology (4)
Social Organization (4)
Total Credits44
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 These courses are required for students preparing to enter the professional law enforcement certificate program and who plan to take the licensing examination for law enforcement positions in Minnesota. Students may choose either PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology or PSY 360 Abnormal Psychology.

**Program meets requirements for Minnesota POST Board certification. The certificate program also requires that students complete the following two general education courses:

COM 103Interpersonal Communication4
ENG 120College Writing4
First Responder or other approved first aid course