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Criminal Justice

at Bemidji State University

Program Details

  • Award: Bachelor of Science
  • Credits: 120
  • Delivery: Offered entirely online with face-to-face options available for some/all sections.
  • Emphases:
  • Corrections, Credits: 30
  • Victimology, Credits: 30
  • Tribal Justice, Credits: 30
  • Law Enforcement, Credits: 30

About this Program



The Criminal Justice major provides students with knowledge about the nature and causes of crime and delinquency, law and the legal system for juveniles and adults in American society, and the decision-making processes of criminal justice agencies. The purpose of a Criminal Justice major within a liberal arts framework is to develop the knowledge, values, and ethical consciousness that are essential for becoming successful managers and leaders in criminal justice and related human service vocations.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice is a generalist degree preparing students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, and other public and private agencies concerned with the prevention and investigation of crime. The program allows majors to choose one of four areas of specialization within the discipline that best prepares them for their career choice. This preparation includes a combination of course work, internships, and special research projects. Students considering this major are encouraged to develop a proficiency in writing. The degree is also appropriate for students who choose to pursue advanced study in criminal justice or law.

Completion of the Criminal Justice degree at Bemidji State University satisfies the Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) academic requirements.

Program Locations

  • Bemidji State University 56601

Labor Market Information

  • Supervisors of Correctional Officers

  • Median wage: $35.04/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • Supervisors of Police Officers

  • Median wage: $41.58/hour-Well above the median
  • Employment outlook: Average
  • College Criminal Justice Teachers

  • Median wage: $59,516/year-Above the median
  • Employment outlook: Below statewide average
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Bemidji State University
Bemidji State University
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