Established in 1968, the Criminal Justice program at Minot State University has been in existence for over 45 years. During that time, the program has changed from a vocational curriculum geared almost entirely toward in-service training for employed police officers or students interested exclusively in law enforcement careers with a consideration towards a broader criminal justice orientation. The changes, for the most part, reflect both change in the demographic characteristics of students as well as changing professional interests of faculty.
Criminal justice graduates work in a variety of settings:
- Police departments
- Sheriff departments
- State law enforcement offices
- Customs offices
- Correctional facilities
- Crime labs
- Juvenile courts and probation
- Federal Probation
- Attorney general offices
- Loss prevention
- Private detective agencies
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Federal Bureau of Prisons
- Food and Drug Administration
- Department of Transportation
- Juvenile treatment facilities
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
- Minor in Criminal Justice
- Master of Science in Criminal Justice
- Ph.D. in Criminal Justice (joint program with University of North Dakota)
The program incorporates a well-balanced curriculum that addresses issues in each component part of the criminal justice system. Students are also required to augment their studies with coursework in sociology, psychology, political science, humanities, science, math, English, and physical education. Consideration should also be given to coursework in business, foreign language, computer science, counseling, and other academic areas which best correspond to the student's established career goals.
Minot State also offers a master of science (M.S.) degree in criminal justice for students who wish to continue their studies at the graduate level and a collaborative doctorate (Ph.D.) program with the University of North Dakota.
Our master's program in criminal justice is designed for people who want to be leaders and scholars in criminal justice. The MCJ degree enables graduates to:
- Compete effectively for supervisory and management levels in federal, state and local criminal justice departments, agencies and institutions
- Be promoted or advanced more quickly than individuals with bachelor's degrees
- Teach college-level courses and provide agency in-service training
- Perform and apply criminal justice research and policy analysis
- Pursue doctoral or advanced graduate study in criminal justice or criminology
Our department and faculty
Department of Criminal Justice faculty members are dedicated to delivering students the best possible education and supporting student success. Our faculty includes graduates of some of the top criminal justice and criminology programs in North America. Some have taught at major universities and published extensively, choosing to teach at Minot State University because of its student centered approach. Many of our instructors bring real world experience in law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice, the courts and policy analysis to the classroom.
Rural Crime and Justice Center
Members of the criminal justice faculty direct grant-funded criminal justice research in the Rural Crime and Justice Center on the Minot State campus. The RCJC offers employment opportunities for criminal justice students.
Dr. Richard Seklecki
Associate Professor and Department Chair,
Department of Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 701-858-4029 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 4029