Criminal Justice and Corrections Major

Within the criminal justice program, Saint Mary’s offers a corrections track for students seeking careers in juvenile or adult corrections and associated fields within various correctional settings. 

Corrections track students study subjects organized around a core of criminal justice courses with topics including law enforcement, the judicial process, drugs, crime, and the correctional system. They are also exposed to a variety of other disciplines within the social sciences such as political science, psychology, sociology, and human services. With faculty who bring both academic and field experience right to the classroom, students receive an educational understanding along with real-world knowledge as they prepare for a career in the corrections field.

Criminal justice studies also include a law enforcement track for students who desire careers as police officers or in other law enforcement roles. For those seeking that path, Saint Mary’s is certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) and graduates comply with the first step in licensing by POST.

Are you an adult looking to finish your bachelor's degree? Please visit our bachelor's completion program page.

Career Options

Border patrol; customs inspector; correctional officer; drug counselor; drug enforcement administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation agent; police officer; probation/parole officer; protective service; security

High School Preparation

European History; Government; Psychology; Sociology; Statistics; U.S. History

Enhance Your Experience

Criminal justice and corrections majors often pursue majors in history, human services, psychology, sociology, theology, and other social sciences.