Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science

The Criminal Justice B.S. offers four emphases that will allow every student to choose the correct career path for them. From police science to tribal justice, there is an emphasis for everyone.

Corrections Emphasis

Prepare to be captivated as you delve into the fascinating world of corrections, where you will gain a comprehensive understanding of supervision, evidence-based practices, motivational interviewing, core correctional practices, reentry and rehabilitation, special populations in corrections, report writing and the captivating history that shaped this field. Through our engaging curriculum, you will be empowered to contribute to the transformation of lives, communities, and institutions. Our dedicated faculty, renowned experts in their respective fields, will guide you through immersive learning experiences that will sharpen your critical thinking skills, enhance your empathy and cultural competence, and equip you with the practical tools needed to effect positive change in the lives of those involved in the criminal justice system. Earning a criminal justice degree with a corrections emphasis is ideal for students pursuing careers as probation or parole officers, corrections officers, reentry specialists, corrections case managers, and truancy prevention specialists. Our students have gone on to work at the county, state, and federal level. The corrections emphasis also provides a solid foundation in understanding the criminal justice system and its challenges, making it a valuable pathway into graduate or law school for individuals interested in pursuing advanced studies in criminal justice or law.

For more information on the courses in this program, visit the course catalog.

Police Science Emphasis

This emphasis will prepare you for a career in becoming a licensed Peace Officer (Police Officer, Deputy Sheriff, State Trooper, Conservation Officer or other professions entrusted with upholding the law). Upon completion of the Criminal Justice program with a Police Science emphasis you will meet the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) academic requirements. Graduates will need to successfully complete the Skills program offered by Skills providers outside of BSU.

For more information on the courses in this program, visit the course catalog.

Tribal Justice Emphasis

The Tribal Justice emphasis is a collaboration with the Indigenous Studies program. This emphasis is designed to examine the justice practices and principals specific to the unique cultural, political and historical background of American Indians.

For more information on the courses in this program, visit the course catalog.

Victimology Emphasis

For more information about the Victimology Emphasis, visit Sociology and Communication Studies.