Department of Criminal Justice Studies

As an undergraduate or graduate student in Criminal Justice Studies you will join a distinguished program whose faculty are known for studying, teaching and leading research on the latest criminal justice issues while preparing and producing leaders of criminal justice agencies across the country.

Our bachelor of arts in criminal justice exposes students to all aspects of crime and criminal justice through courses on crime and other deviance and the responses of police, courts, corrections and other organizations. You'll explore contemporary criminal justice issues and ethical concerns. Students are prepared for graduate studies or professional schools as well as for careers in criminal justice.

We offer two graduate programs that study the larger context of crime, why it exists and its impact on society, and provide a detailed understanding of the concept of justice and how it’s applied.

Our extensive Student Opportunities and Resources help you navigate our popular online and on-campus programs. We operate a Criminal Justice Advising Center, offer scholarships and help with internships and jobs and preparation for your required senior thesis.

All about us

  • Undergraduate & Graduate

    Earn a bachelor's or master's degree or complete advanced work in executive leadership of public safety organizations.
  • P.O.S.T. licensing

    We're certified. We collaborate with other programs. And, we get the job done.
  • Need help transferring

    Find out how St. Cloud State's programs can help you round out the work you've done at other schools.
  • Criminal Justice Online

    We deliver academics when and where you want it. Some graduates complete all their courses online.
  • Outstanding in the field

    Book and textbook authors. Researchers. Speakers. Our faculty are engaged in producing and knowing the latest data and insight on criminal justice issues.
  • Internships

    We partner locally, nationally and internationally to provide students with meaningful opportunities to practice their craft.