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Criminal Justice

The criminal justice practitioner deals with the broad areas of law enforcement, courts and corrections. The work may include police work; juvenile probation or parole work; or counseling and correctional work in institutions, group homes or halfway houses. Within these broad areas, the practitioner enjoys exciting professional challenges and opportunities for serving society and helping people.

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The Program

During the past few years, the demand for professionals in this field has increased. Many criminal justice agencies and program administrators see a continuing need for qualified professionals. The criminal justice program at North Dakota State University has graduated students who have pursued criminal justice careers in local, state and federal agencies throughout the United States. The program is designed so our graduates will succeed in both beginning and advancing their criminal justice careers.

Faculty and Facilities

The criminal justice program is administered by the Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science. Faculty in the program provides teaching, research and practical expertise related to many issues in criminal justice. The Fargo-Moorhead community provides a rich source of criminal justice education through a wide variety of criminal justice agencies that work with student interns. The department is located in the Criminal Justice and Public Policy Building.

Pre-Criminal Justice Preparation

Students intent on pursuing an undergraduate degree in criminal justice are enrolled as pre-professional students and must first meet grade point average and course work requirements in order to be admitted to the criminal justice program. Once students satisfy all requirements, they complete and submit the criminal justice application form, available on the department website. This form must be submitted to the department’s academic assistant. After verification that the student meets the requirements for acceptance, he or she is accepted into the professional program and can continue to pursue a degree in criminal justice.

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from this program have experienced much success in pursuing their career goals. Our alumni work in law enforcement, courts, correctional agencies, probation and parole departments and do so at the local, state and federal level. Salaries are respectable and vary from agency to agency. Types of agencies that have employed our graduates include police departments, sheriff's departments, planning agencies, group homes, juvenile courts, family courts, probation and parole departments, juvenile and adult correctional institutions, halfway houses and virtually all federal agencies (e.g. U.S Marshals Service, Secret Service, and federal probation).

The Curriculum

The criminal justice curriculum is an interdisciplinary program drawing on the social sciences, behavioral sciences, humanities, computer sciences and managerial sciences. Course requirements are based on the idea that our students should have a curriculum that enables them to advance their long term specialized educational training and professional development. The department also offers a minor in criminal justice and partners with the Department of Accounting, Finance, and Information Systems on a fraud investigation minor.

Internship Program

Usually, students complete an internship in their junior or senior year. Internship opportunities exist in many agencies in North Dakota and Minnesota and can be done at any time during the calendar year. By completing an internship, the student is able to combine the theoretical and applied aspects of professional preparation. Internship experience is an important element of successful job placement.

Criminal Justice Club

Students may expand their knowledge of criminal justice and career opportunities through the Criminal Justice Club. This student association allows participants to increase their knowledge and clarify career interests through field trips and meetings with professionals.

Sample Curriculum

General Education Requirements
    First Year Experience
1     UNIV 189 - Skills for Academic Success
3     COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking
3, 3     ENGL 110, 120 - College Composition I, II
3     English Upper Level Writing Course
    Quantitative Reasoning
3     STAT 330 - Introductory Statistics
10   Science & Technology
6   Humanities & Fine Arts
    Social & Behavioral Sciences
3     ANTH 111 - Introduction to Anthropology
3     SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology
2   Wellness
    Cultural Diversity
3     ANTH 111 - Introduction to Anthropology
-   Global Perspective
40   Total
Credits   College/Department Requirements
3   Humanities Elective
3   Social Science Elective
3   Fine Arts Elective
9   Total
Credits   Major Requirements
3   ACCT 102 - Fundamentals of Accounting
3   CJ 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
3   CJ 210 - Introduction to Policing
3   CJ 230 - Criminology and Criminal Law
4   CJ 325 - Applied Research Methods or
       POLS 325 - Applied Research Methods
2 or 3   CJ 330 - Criminal Law and Procedure or
         POLS 431 - Constitutional Law-Criminal Justice
3   CJ 406 - Crime and Delinquency
3   CJ 407 - Deviant Behavior
3   CJ 460 - Criminal Court System
3   CJ 461 - Corrections
3   CJ 465 - Women and Minorities in Criminal Justice
1   CJ 489 - Senior Capstone in Criminal Justice
3   POLS 230 - Judicial Process
3   PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology
3   PSYC 211 - Introduction to Behavior Modification
3   PSYC 212 - Psychology Aspects of Drug Use and 
        Abuse or
         PSYC 380 - Clinical Psychology
3   PSYC 270 - Abnormal Psychology
3   Criminal Justice Elective
21   Electives
73-74   Total

This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.

*This sample curriculum enables a student to graduate with a criminal justice major and a minor in a chosen area. Students minoring in psychology will be able to double count the four psychology courses in their major for their minor requirements. If this option is chosen, students will need to enroll in more credit hours to achieve 122 credits.

Criminal Justice & Public Policy Bldg
Room 110

Criminal Justice & Public Policy Bldg is located at 1616 12th Ave N across from lot TA (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science
North Dakota State University
Political Science
Criminal Justice and Public Policy Bldg. 110
Dept #2315, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8567 / Fax: (701) 231-5877

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802



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