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Criminal Justice

Department of Criminal Justice
Education-Art Building 218-755-2880


Dr. Michael Herbert (Chair;, Dr. Don Bradel, Dr. Troy Gilbertson, Ms. Janet Prater, Dr. Rodney Witt

Areas of Study

The Criminal Justice major provides students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, law and the legal system for juveniles and adults in American society, and the decision-making processes of criminal justice agencies. The purpose of a Criminal Justice major within a liberal arts framework is to develop the knowledge, values, and ethical consciousness that are essential for becoming successful managers and leaders in criminal justice and related human service vocations.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is a generalist degree preparing students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, and other public and private agencies concerned with the prevention and investigation of crime. The program allows majors to choose one of four areas of specialization within the discipline that best prepares them for their career choice. This preparation includes a combination of course work, internships, and special research projects. Students considering this major are encouraged to develop a proficiency in writing. The degree is also appropriate for students who choose to pursue advanced study in criminal justice or law.

Completion of the Criminal Justice degree at Bemidji State University satisfies the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) academic requirements.


See Section II, Enrollment for required high school preparation.

Recommended High School Courses
Social Science

Second Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to discuss with their advisor the option of a second major or minor that might strengthen or complement their major.

Career Directions

Asset Protection
Court Administration
Customs Inspection
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Law Enforcement
Parole Officer
Private Security Services
Probation Officer
Also: Graduate Study

Credit Requirement

Transfer Students: At least one-third of the credits to be included in the major must be successfully completed at Bemidji State University.

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