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 disciplines within the social sciences such as human services, political science, psychology, and sociology.

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, the correctional system, and best practices in community reintegration. Faculty at Saint Mary's offer students both academic and real-world experience to provide a breadth of working knowledge in criminal justice and related 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
  • Customers inspector
  • Drug counselor
  • Drug enforcement administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation agent
  • Government lawyer
  • Judge
  • Paralegal
  • Police officer
  • Private practice lawyer
  • Probation/parole officer
  • Protective services
  • Security

*Some career paths may require state-issued licensure or certification. At this time, Saint Mary’s is unable to determine whether its Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement major will meet educational requirements for law enforcement licensure in any jurisdiction outside of Minnesota. For additional information about licensure, visit our Professional Licensure page.

High School Preparation

European history, government, psychology, 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? Explore out B.S. in Criminal Justice Leadership program.

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 advocacy, criminal law, cultural and social diversity, law enforcement and victimology.