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Department of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice

Criminal justice students
Department of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement

Criminal Justice

  • Bachelor of Science
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

PSEO/Early college online classes

Examine the policies, principles, and social dynamics that shape the system of law and justice in the United States. Approach topics with a heart of public service and ministry. This major builds on a foundation of psychology in addition to practical knowledge of law enforcement and criminal justice. This degree also lays the foundation for further graduate study in law or social work.


of Northwestern’s criminal justice graduates felt professionally prepared by their education


POST-certified—Police Officer Standardized Training program


of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible

Why study criminal justice at Northwestern?

You can choose from two different tracks: General Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement. Northwestern’s criminal justice program is POST-certified (Police Officer Standards and Training). This certification is also necessary for students who wish to work for the Department of Natural Resources. After you complete your coursework through Northwestern, you will be approved for the academic component of the Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) and ready to move on to skills training.

Our criminal justice professors are former or current practitioners ready to help students build professional contacts and explore areas of interest throughout the criminal justice network. You will be required to participate in an internship class, which collaborates with federal, state, county, and local agencies to provide hands-on training and experience.

Past internships include: Minneapolis Police Department, Roseville Police Department, St. Paul Police Department, Juvenile Detention Center, St. Paul, Anoka County Juvenile Probation, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, United States Postal Investigation Service, Hennepin County Adult Field Services/Family Court Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s criminal justice industries.

Our small classes enable our caring faculty to encourage you to grow in your faith while ministering to others who have previously engaged in criminal acts.

If you have a passion for serving the public, desire to understand the minds of criminals, and want a career working in law enforcement, this might be the right degree for you.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze and develop critical thinking skills and an appreciation for the law.

Some classes include:

  • Criminology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Corrections
  • Deviance
  • Criminal Law
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From the dorm life, to the classes, to chapel, to the relationships I developed between other students and faculty, I simply cannot say enough good things about this school. My faith grew exponentially while at Northwestern, and I have to attribute that to the teachers, chapel, and time spent in the dorms growing and fellowshipping with other students. I also had the privilege of receiving a first class criminal justice degree while learning from some of the very best professors around. The really neat thing about Northwestern, too, is the fact that I am still in good communications with a couple of my former professors. Finally, I was also able to develop some lifelong friendships with a number of people I met while at UNW.
Caleb Davis, Criminal Investigator in the Secret Service
Department of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement - Class of 2012

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Professors at Northwestern are focused on their students first. Our faculty include experts in their respective fields who want to help you grow in your faith while you earn your degree.

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Melissa Baartman Mork, Psy.D.

Department Chair of Psychology, Criminal Justice, & Law Enforcement...
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Lyle E. Larson, M.A.

Adjunct Instructor

Lyle Larson has been teaching at University of Northwestern for over 25 years. He continues to be involved in...

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