The Criminal Justice major provides students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, understanding of the law, law enforcement, corrections, courts, and victims and victim services in American society.
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 professions.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is a generalist degree preparing students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, victim services, and other public and private agencies concerned with public safety. 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.
The Criminal Justice degree at Bemidji State University Minnesota is a Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) accredited program.