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Criminal justice exposes students to relevant social, political, economic, and philosophical issues confronting the justice system both within the United States and in other countries. In meeting the demands created by such issues as prison overcrowding, rising crime rates and violence, domestic abuse, and international and domestic terrorism, the demand for qualified graduates has increased significantly in recent years.
Enrollment Services

Criminal Justice

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:

Degrees offered

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.

Course Catalog

Master's degree
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:

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.

To learn more, visit our Criminal Justice Department web site. Better yet, schedule a campus visit so we can meet face-to-face and show you around.

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.

Contact Information
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