Criminal Justice Degree

Getting the Right Start in a Rapidly Changing Field

A criminal justice degree from Montana State University-Northern prepares you for a career in a diverse and challenging field. From jobs in police services to adult and juvenile corrections to homeland security, MSU-Northern's criminal justice program offers exciting professional and educational opportunities for students.

  • Understand many diverse topics, including crime prevention and enforcement, the legal system, corrections, conflict management, and psychology by taking courses in MSU-N's criminal justice program.
  • Focuses on practical knowledge as well as deeper, more complex issues that relate to law enforcement and the corrections system in MSU-Northern's criminal justice program.
  • Choose either a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice or a minor in the field.

Criminal Justice Faculty: Academic Foundation. Real-life Experience.

  • Learn from criminal justice professors who have decades of experience in law enforcement and in the courtroom.
  • Engage in classroom work with educators who focus on preparing Montana criminal justice program graduates for real-life work in the field.
  • Take classes from professionals who have worked in both rural and metropolitan areas, giving students a broad range of understanding of the criminal justice system.

Criminal Justice Degree Courses: Comprehensive and Engaging.

Criminal Law – Study the underlying doctrines and selected rules of criminal law; the sources of substantive criminal law and historical development of common law principles of criminal responsibility; and constitutional constraints on the decision to define behavior as criminal.

Criminology - Explore the various sociological, psychological, and biological theories that seek to explain criminal behavior, examine the problem of crime in contemporary society and study conflict resolution skills utilized in the criminal justice system.

Law Enforcement – Examine the different law enforcement jobs within the criminal justice system, analyze their duties and responsibilities, the investigation of crimes, and discuss current topics and trends.

Corrections – Explore the functions of the Federal, State and local Correctional systems; including Probation, Parole and Juvenile detention.

Policy and Procedure – Learn how cases are adjudicated in the justice system, the creation and implementation of criminal justice policies and procedures, and the role the public plays in effecting change in governmental agencies.

Career Outlook for Criminal Justice Program Graduates

Graduates of our Montana criminal justice program go on to pursue careers in state, county, and city agencies as well as federal and private organizations. Nationwide growth estimates in fields related to criminal justice, including police detectives, correctional officers, probation officers, security officers, and private investigators, range from 5-21%.  


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