Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Major

The Saint Mary’s criminal justice and law enforcement major is designed to prepare students to serve in local, state, or federal law enforcement such as city policing, state highway patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other related professions.

Law enforcement track studies are structured around a core of criminal justice courses including topics such as law enforcement, the judicial process, drugs, crime, and the correctional system. Faculty at Saint Mary’s offer students both academic and real-world experience and provide a breadth of understanding and working knowledge in these areas. Students are also exposed to a wide variety of other disciplines including human services, political science, psychology, and sociology. 

Saint Mary’s criminal justice program is certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST), which means majoring graduates will be certified and comply with the first step in licensing required by POST. To complete this process, graduates are also required to pass a statewide POST-administered examination.

Criminal justice studies also include a corrections track for students who want to pursue careers in the juvenile or adult correctional setting.

Career Options

Border patrol; correctional officer; customs inspector; drug enforcement administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation agent; government lawyer; judge; paralegal; police officer; private practice lawyer; probation officer; treatment specialist; protective services; security

High School Preparation

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

Enhance Your Experience

Criminal justice and law enforcement majors often pursue additional studies in history, human servicespsychology, sociology, theology, and other social sciences.