Majors and Programs

Thank you for your interest in our CJ major. At Minot State, our exemplary program will prepare you for your career of choice. 

Step out of the classroom while earning your criminal justice degree. Many of our courses allow you to follow a criminal case while learning the courtroom process from the courtroom benches; be exposed to prison and jail environments by touring the grounds; and by hearing from renowned guest lecturers from our local agencies all the way up to the FBI. You won’t even know you’re in class with the Criminal Justice Experiential and Applied Learning Lab room, which offers students hands-on training in police interviewing and interrogation as well as offender risk assessment.

Our new minors allow you to specialize in your key interest areas of criminal justice:

  • Police Management and Investigations
    • The police management and investigations minor will offer you, a student interested in pursuing a career in federal, state, and local law enforcement or policing, a more comprehensive study of interview and investigation, use of force, and police administration and management. The minor also responds to student demands and practitioner expectations related to knowledge and skill sets designed to adequately prepare you for a career in law enforcement.
  • Law & Legal Studies
    • The law and legal studies minor will offer you, a student interested in pursuing a law degree or career in the legal system, a focused study of the legal system through study of types of law, legal procedure, courts and legal systems juries, legal theory and field placement/internship. The minor also responds to student and practitioner expectations related to knowledge and skill sets to better prepare you for law school or a career path in the legal system.
  • Offenders, Risk Assessment & Corrections
    • The offenders, risk assessment, and corrections minor will offer you, a student interested in pursuing a career in probation, parole, and corrections, a comprehensive understanding of offender risk assessment, practices and policies in probation/parole, and community and institutional corrections. The minor also meets student and practitioner expectations related to knowledge and skill sets to adequately prepare you for a career path in corrections and offender rehabilitation.
As a transfer student, you can start any semester and work directly with an advisor to record credits for your previously earned credits. We award college credit for work, military, and academic experience.

You may be able to kick start your career while earning credit for your CJ degree through our field experience course. This course, which acts as an internship, allows you to apply what you learn in the classroom to real life agencies. Students often uncover job opportunities through this opportunity while working closely with law enforcement, prosecutors and attorneys, and probation and parole, just to name a few.    

Our Military Resource Center staff are available to guide active duty, transitioning active duty, veterans, dependents, and spouses through the application process and to direct you to an advisor.
 
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