Criminal Justice

As a criminal justice student at St. Cloud State, you'll learn how society deals with crime and other forms of injustice and victimization  and how to prevent it. The Criminal Justice Studies program emphasizes the intersections of corrections, courts, juvenile justice, law enforcement, private security and various service agencies.

Students may choose a concentration - 21st Century Policing, Corrections and Reentry, Victim Services - or broaden their learning with an electives option. 

Program Highlights

  • Close student-faculty interaction and mentorships.
  • Students are eligible to participate in more than a dozen Education Abroad programs, including England, Germany, Australia and South Africa.
  • St. Cloud State's criminal justice program has articulation agreements with Alexandria Technical College, Central Lakes College and Hennepin Technical College.
  • Course delivery methods may be on campus, online* or hybrid (synchronously online) formats. *Degree is not offered completely online. Online courses offered each semester vary, based on annual budgets.

Program Distinctions

  • Department adjunct faculty teach up-to-the minute courses from the perspective of advocacy professions, correctional officers, law enforcement officers, probation officers, prosecuting and defense lawyers, and other criminal justice-based agencies.
  • All CJS bachelor's degree holders have completed a senior thesis.

Student Organizations

Popular Careers

  • Security/risk management
  • Local, county and state law enforcement
  • FBI/Secret Service agent
  • Border Patrol/Immigration & Customs enforcement
  • Youth/probation counselor
  • Juvenile system advocate
  • U.S. marshal

University Facts & Stats

  • 1,538 enrolled in online criminal justice courses in 2015-16
  • More than 130 undergraduate internship sites in Minnesota

  • 1,100+ international students

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