Degree type(s): Bachelor's; Minor
Degree field(s): Behavioral Science; Criminal Justice
Location(s): Bismarck, ND

Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Program Details

Serve your community and succeed as a professional in all facets of the criminal justice field. In the criminal justice bachelor’s degree program at the University of Mary, you will learn specific skills related to each of the three branches that form our criminal justice system: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections.

With a curriculum grounded in Christian, Catholic, and Benedictine ethics, you will gain personal and humanitarian skills to more effectively engage and serve your community. In the Criminal Justice bachelor’s degree program, you will also have opportunities to gain real-world experience from professors with more than 100 years of field experience—through internship opportunities with local criminal justice organizations and facilities, and in programs such as the Emerging Leaders Academy.

Criminal Justice Bachelor’s Degree Program Highlights

Graduates of the criminal justice bachelor’s degree program are lifelong learners, competent professionals, servant leaders, and critical and independent thinkers. After completing the required curriculum for the Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, graduates will be able to:

  • Evaluate the relative strengths of various approaches to criminal justice.
  • Understand the major areas of the Criminal Justice system, including:
    • Law enforcement and policing
    • The courts
    • Corrections (jails, prison, and probation)
    • Juvenile justice process
    • Criminology (the study of crime and criminals)
    • Homeland security
    • Private security
  • Demonstrate ethical and professional behavior in the criminal justice field.
  • Communicate effectively in written and verbal form.

Career Outlook for Criminal Justice Majors

Employment in Protective Service occupations (police officers, correction officers) is projected to grow about 7.9 percent between 2012 and 2022. Jobs in legal services are projected to grow by 10.7% between 2012 and 2022. Many job openings will result from the need to replace those who leave the occupation each year. Competition for jobs should be lessened as heavy workloads and high job-related stress deter some from seeking this kind of work.

For these reasons, job opportunities should be plentiful for those who qualify. As the prison populations grow larger, many states are emphasizing rehabilitation and alternate forms of punishment (such as probation) that will spur demand for probation and parole officers and correctional treatment specialists.

+ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-'15 Edition.

ADC 311; ANT 171; CRJ 201, 210, 212, 307, 310, 312, 320, 390, 410, 420; MAT 180 or 204; POL 101, 414; PSY 201, 406; SWK 350; one of the following CRJ electives: CRJ 325, 425, 490; two of the following electives: ADC 318; POL 302; PSY 302, 308; SOC 210, 302, 305, 404; SWK 303, 311, 330

CRJ 201, 212, 210, 310, and any two of the following courses: ADC 311; CRJ 307, 312, 320, 325/425, 410, 420; POL 302, 414; PSY 308, 332, 406; SOC 302, 305; SWK 30

Even as one of the most affordable private universities in the nation, the University of Mary does offer a variety of scholarships. In fact, 99% of main campus undergraduate students receive some form of scholarship! 

Some scholarships are available for specific academic programs, such as nursing, while other scholarships are available for certain student populations, such as military and veteran students

We strongly encourage you to contact your personal admissions representative to discover all of the options that might be available to you. In many cases, a program specific scholarship is just one component of a complete financial aid package. 

Our admissions professionals will work together with our Office of Financial Assistance to ensure that you get the best financial aid package possible to finance your education. 

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program.

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We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted, admitted provisionally, or denied admission to the program.

Program Advisor: Tim Schuetzle

If you are considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, you might also be interested in the following undergraduate programs offered at our main campus in Bismarck, North Dakota: