Why earn a criminal justice major?

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Dec. 15
May 1

From enforcing the law to protecting your community to advocating on behalf of victims, a criminal justice major opens the door to a world of opportunities. The criminal justice major puts you on the front lines of public safety and justice.

Our interdisciplinary program incorporates resources from forensic science and sociology. The criminal justice degree integrates a variety of different approaches. You will gain:

  • Expertise in many different aspects of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile justice and legal reasoning
  • A deep understanding of how to enforce the law, apprehend criminals and protect your community
  • A broad view of the field of criminal justice

You'll also learn the strategic skills you need, including:

  • Strategic Planning
  • Justice Research
  • Communication
  • Ethical Leadership

Accelerated Law Degree

Shave off a year of law school while earning your Criminal Justice major. With the Law (Accelerated Bachelor's/J.D.) program you can double count credits from your first year in law school to complete your undergraduate degree. Learn more by contacting Roni Mayzer, Criminal Justice Pre-Law Coordinator.

UND's Criminal Justice Degree

What can you do with a criminal justice degree?

A Criminal Justice degree prepares you to work in any aspect of the criminal justice system. Our students have gone on to a variety of dynamic careers, including:

  • Probation
  • Corrections
  • Courts
  • Law Enforcement
  • U.S. Customs
  • U.S. Border Patrol
  • U.S. Immigration Service
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Victim Advocacy
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Our students have also gone on to graduate studies or law schools at institutions including:

  • UND
  • Florida State University
  • NDSU
  • Michigan State University
  • University of Utah
  • University of Minnesota

Criminal Justice Classes You Could Take

Lead Your Way

Stephanie Clarke is a member of Track & Field, a double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice, and the first in her family to earn a college degree.

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