Criminal Justice Major

The Saint Mary’s criminal justice major is designed for students seeking careers in juvenile or adult corrections, law enforcement, and other related professions.

Criminal Justice and Corrections Track

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 and Law Enforcement Track

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.

Career Options

Border patrol; correctional officer; customs inspector; drug counselor; drug enforcement administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation agent; government lawyer; judge; paralegal; police officer; private practice lawyer; probation/parole 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 services, psychology, sociology, theology, and other social sciences.

Are you an adult looking to finish your bachelor's degree? Please visit our B.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership program page.

Criminal Justice Minor

A criminal justice minor from Saint Mary’s complements many fields of study within the social sciences and other areas.

An awareness of how our system of criminal justice functions and interplays with other disciplines enriches, broadens, and deepens understanding and awareness for the way in which our society operates and each individual's circumstances.

Students who minor in criminal justice are exposed to topics such as police and correctional processes and the problems caused by drugs, crime, and delinquency. Other areas to explore involve criminal law, victimology, law enforcement, ethnicity, class, and gender issues.