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
Employment opportunities are expected to be excellent in upcoming years. Positions can be found in government agencies (approximately 50 percent of jobs), the private sector, and nonprofit agencies. Advanced technology and increasingly complex legal issues have led to specialized work in technology, computer security and intelligence.
- 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)
Bachelor's degree advantage
Bachelor of Science graduates are prepared to enter the workforce as generalists or pursue advanced graduate education. They learn assessment and critical thinking skills, information analysis techniques and hone listening, speaking and writing skills. And they have many advantages over individuals with only associate degrees or certificates:
- More job choices and better pay
- Greater promotion and advancement opportunities
- Compete more effectively for many more federal entry level positions
Right for you?
People best suited to criminal justice work are those who have a strong background in academic criminal justice, a liberal arts base, good communication and critical thinking skills.
We provide expanded educational and training opportunities through collaborative or joint arrangements with other institutions, agencies and departments:
- Peace Officers Standards Training (POST): Qualified students at Lake Region State College, Devils Lake, N.D., can complete bachelor degrees and become certified as police officers in four years.
- Fish and Wildlife Officer Program: Students who complete Fish and Wildlife Management programs at Dakota College at Bottineau or Turtle Mountain Community College may transfer to Minot State as juniors and earn bachelor's degrees in criminal justice within in two years.
- Fraud Examination Minor: Business majors can earn a criminal justice minor with an emphasis on business-related crime and prevention.
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
The College of Arts and Sciences provides fundamental liberal arts education for all Minot State University students, giving them the knowledge, skills and values to help them think critically and creatively.
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.
William G. Archambeault, Ph.D
Professor and Chair,
Department of Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 701-858-4364 or 1-800-777-0750 ext. 4364