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Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science!

We are pleased that you have an interest in exploring these exciting and timely fields of study.

About the Department

Our department serves over 325 undergraduate students and 20 graduate students.  The department offers bachelor's degrees and minors in criminal justice and political science.  Political science students also have the option to pursue an emphasis in pre-law or public service.  Additionally, we offer an M.S. in criminal justice administration and a Ph.D. in criminal justice.   Undergraduate criminal justice students in their junior year may apply to our accelerated master's program.  This program allows exceptional undergraduate students to complete the master's degree in 3 semesters after completion of the bachelor's degree by taking select coursework which counts for credit in both the bachelor's and master's degrees.   

The department also hosts a couple of popular students clubs; namely, the Criminal Justice Club and the Pre-Law Club.   All students are welcome in these clubs.  You do not have to be a criminal justice or political science major to be active in these clubs.

About the Faculty

Faculty members in the department represent a wide array of expertise.  On the criminal justice side, we have faculty focused on policing, corrections, theories of crime, juvenile justice, and federal law enforcement to name a few. 

In political science, the faculty have expertise in international relations, political violence, American elections, public policy, the politics of gender, comparative politics, and more. 

Across the board, the department faculty are serious scholars.  In fact, our 11 fulltime faculty members collectively have authored 17 books, 24 invited book chapters, and over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles. 

Career Paths for our Students

Students graduating with a degree in criminal justice have found rewarding careers in policing, federal law enforcement, parole and probation, corrections, and victim advocacy just to name a few.

Political science graduates have entered careers in politics as staffers for political parties and elected officials.  Others have gone on to work in municipal, state, and federal government service as policy analysts, program specialists, and administrators.  Many students from both majors have successfully pursued graduate study in their respective disciplines or entered law school. 

In sum, the content knowledge, the analytical and communication skills, and the capacity for critical thinking (all of which are delivered and nurtured through our programs) prepare students for a multitude of career paths.

For More Information

I invite you to browse through our website for more information.  Particular information about the criminal justice and political science programs can be found under their respective headings on this page. Also, be sure to check out our department Facebook page.  We use that page to post announcements relating to internship and job opportunities for students, information about events sponsored by the department, as well as student and faculty accomplishments.

Please do not hesitate to contact me or another faculty member in the department if you have any questions.  Additionally, Terence (Jack) Jackson, the department's Administrative Assistant is a terrific resource for connecting you to information about the programs in our department.

Alums of our programs are especially encouraged to touch base and let us know where you're at and what you're up to!

Thomas Ambrosio, Ph.D.
Professor and Dept Head

Donating to the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science

Thank you for your support of the NDSU Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science.  Your contribution, no matter the amount, will be put to use to promote student learning and success in the department.  If you would like to contribute financially to the department, please do so by clicking on this link.

Please contact Thomas Ambrosio, Department Head, with any questions (701) 231-7097.

Alumni Survey Form

Dear Criminal Justice and Political Science Alumni,

We would be very grateful if you would take a few seconds to complete the form below.  As a department, we are very interested in learning what our graduates do and where they go after leaving NDSU.

Please know that your information is for internal tracking purposes only and will not be shared outside this department, nor will it be used for donation requests or other solicitations.

Thank you in advance for keeping in touch!

(Please note required fields are marked with an (*). 

Contact Information:
Department Administrative Assistant

Terence "Jack" Jackson

Phone:  701.231.8567

Mailing Address:
NDSU Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science
NDSU Dept. 2315
P.O. Box 6050
Fargo, ND  58108-6050

Delivery Address (for courier deliveries):
NDSU Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science
104A Putnam Hall
1349 12th Avenue Northwest
Fargo, ND 58102


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North Dakota State University
Phone: +1 (701) 231-8567
Campus address: 104A Putnam Hall
Physical/delivery address: 1349 12th Avenue North, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 2315 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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