criminal justice

Criminal Justice

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Protect. Serve. Lead. with our Criminal Justice Program

In a time of social change, you can answer the call and be a leader in the justice system. Join a career where community relationships are in the forefront and make a difference in the lives around you. Criminal justice prepares you for a variety of careers. Get ready to study it all: law, psychology, sociology, public administration, and more.

Criminal Justice is a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree.

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Ethan Christopherson

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Admissions Counselor | (218) 281-8569



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    Average Salary: $55,010
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    Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) certified
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    Work in law enforcement at any level
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    law enforcement or corrections emphasis

Major in the making of you

Matt Johnson from White Bear Lake talks about his experience at UMN Crookston.

Emphasis Areas:

  • Corrections
  • Law Enforcement

Career Options:

Police Officers and Deputy Sheriffs, Probation Officers, Federal Law Enforcement Agent (FBI, DEA, ATF, Boarder Patrol), Detectives/Investigators, Game Wardens and Conservation Officers, Compliance Officers and Inspectors, Forensic Science Technician, Fraud Investigators


Criminal Justice


  • Criminal justice majors choose either law enforcement or corrections emphasis.

  • Only POST-certified criminal justice program in the University of Minnesota system.

  • The Criminal Justice program combines the strong disciplinary traditions of social science, communications, statistics, technical writing, and the humanities.

  • This program is unique in how we embed licensure and certification
    so that our students can go directly from graduation to the workforce.


At the U of M Crookston, you won’t spend all your time behind a desk. Our curriculum is designed around experiential learning, which means we want you to have as much hands-on learning as possible. Depending on your major, you’ll find opportunities to be in the field, the lab, the classroom, or engaging in simulated scenarios that give you a competitive edge when you enter the workforce or head to grad school. You’ll learn the concepts and then actively apply them through projects, field trips, site visits, internships, and interactions with professionals in the field.

Meet your future professors

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    David Seyfried

    Senior Lecturer
  • Michael Hedlund

    Teaching Specialist
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    Mitchell Borneman

    Teaching Specialist
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    Mark Ellerbusch

    Teaching Specialist
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    Stephen Larson

    Teaching Specialist

Student Stories

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    Richard Cobble
    Children dream of becoming astronauts, dancers, actors, or doctors when they grow up. For a young Richard Cobble, he knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: an officer. One day when Cobble was in first grade, a local police officer came to his elementary school...