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Criminal Justice Bachelor's Degree Program

Four year degree; Bachelor of Science, BS
Program Advisor: Tim Schuetzle

Serve your community and succeed as a professional in all facets of the criminal justice field. In the criminal justice bachelorís 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 bachelorís degree program, you will also have opportunities to gain real-world experience from professors with more than 100 years of field experienceóthrough internship opportunities with local criminal justice organizations and facilities, and in programs such as the Emerging Leaders Academy.

Criminal Justice Bachelorís Degree Program Highlights

Graduates of the criminal justice bachelorís 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.
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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.

Course Requirements for Your Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice

Requirements for the criminal justice major:

  • CRJ 201, 210, 212, 307, 310, 312, 320, 390, 410, 420; ADC 311; MAT 180 or MAT 204; POL 101, 414; PSY 201, 406; ANT 171; SWK 350
  • One of the following CRJ electives: CRJ 325, 425, 490
  • Two of the following electives: POL 302, SOC 302, SWK 311, or SWK 330; ADC 318: PSY 308, 332; SOC 210, 305, 404, or SWK 303

Requirements for the criminal justice minor:

  • CRJ 201, 210, 212, 310
  • Two of the following courses: CRJ 307, 312, 320, 325/425, 410, 420; ADC 311, POL 302, 414; PSY 308, 332, 406; SOC 302, 305; SWK 303

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Related Degrees

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




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