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Criminal Justice Major

Create a safer world while building a better future.

In today’s world, compassionate and well-educated criminal justice professionals are needed more than ever. They must be able to think quickly and rationally and be prepared for the unexpected. At Saint Mary’s, you’ll be empowered to think about crime and criminal justice from a multidisciplinary approach that incorporates social, economic, political science, and even historical perspectives. You’ll choose from two tracks; corrections or law enforcement. With either track, you’ll learn about the relationship between the criminal justice system and larger social and cultural institutions.

Gain practical, real-world experience and learn from faculty who are leaders in their field. Our Lasallian Catholic values are embedded throughout your coursework and demonstrated by faculty, staff, and the caring community of the Saint Mary’s campus. You’ll focus on ethical leadership and social justice while learning the virtues of determination, adaptability, and resilience.

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Choose from two tracks to pursue a career you’re passionate about:

      • Criminal Justice and Corrections Track
        • Core criminal justice courses focus on law enforcement, the judicial process, drugs, crime, and the correctional system. You’ll be exposed to various disciplines within the social sciences, such as human services, political science, psychology, and sociology.
      • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Track
        • Courses focus on law enforcement, the judicial process, drugs, crime, the correctional system, and best practices in community reintegration. Our faculty offer a breadth of working knowledge in criminal justice and related subjects from human services to psychology.


Saint Mary’s criminal justice – law enforcement program is approved by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST). Graduates of this program are eligible to take the MN Peace Officer Standards and Training Licensure Exam and, upon successful passage of the exam, obtain POST licensure in Minnesota.


Program Highlights

Whether you want a career responding to crime or preventing it, you’ll be prepared to be an ethical leader in the world of criminal justice. With two tracks, you’ll focus on either corrections or law enforcement. No matter your career path, you’ll be ready to make the world a better, safer, more just place.

Program Features

What Makes it Special:

  • Two tracks of study: Criminal justice and corrections & Criminal justice and law enforcement
  • Law Enforcement program certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST)
  • Dedicated faculty with real-world experience

What You'll Learn

What You’ll Learn

  • How various facets of the criminal justice system influence each other
  • Decision-making processes and how they impact the criminal justice system
  • management Principles of leadership and management to empower others
  • Ethical and professional behavior
  • Awareness, respect, adaptability, and inclusion for sociocultural diversity
  • Critical and creative thinking skills, self-evaluation, and resilience

Careers that look to the future.

Do you want to work in law enforcement, juvenile or adult corrections, or related fields? A major in criminal justice provides you with the foundational knowledge and skill set to pursue numerous careers*.

Probation officer


Private investigator


Correctional treatment officer

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