Department of Criminal Justice Studies - St. Cloud State University

Department of Criminal Justice - School of Public Affairs


Criminal Justice is the study of how society deals with crime and other forms of injustice and victimization. It is an academic, career-oriented program wrapped in the liberal arts and sciences for the purpose of educating and training students for employment. These areas may include law enforcement, courts, corrections, juvenile justice, private security and various service agencies.


The baccalaureate and graduate programs in criminal justice emphasize numerous justice issues. Students may specialize in subfields, but first must study the general administration of justice. After comprehensive study, the student may pursue the specialization through independent study, formal instruction, internships, individual research and seminars. The criminal justice department's professional peace officer education program is certified as a provider of the academic law enforcement licensing core by the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board.

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