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Examine the policies, principles, and social dynamics that shape the system of law and justice in the United States. Approach topics with a heart of public service and ministry. This major builds on a foundation of psychology in addition to practical knowledge of law enforcement and criminal justice. This degree also lays the foundation for further graduate study in law or social work.
You can choose from two different tracks: General Criminal Justice or Law Enforcement. Northwestern’s criminal justice program is POST-certified (Police Officer Standards and Training). This certification is also necessary for students who wish to work for the Department of Natural Resources. After you complete your coursework through Northwestern, you will be approved for the academic component of the Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE) and ready to move on to skills training.
Our criminal justice professors are former or current practitioners ready to help students build professional contacts and explore areas of interest throughout the criminal justice network. You will be required to participate in an internship class, which collaborates with federal, state, county, and local agencies to provide hands-on training and experience.
Past internships include: Minneapolis Police Department, Roseville Police Department, St. Paul Police Department, Juvenile Detention Center, St. Paul, Anoka County Juvenile Probation, Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, United States Postal Investigation Service, Hennepin County Adult Field Services/Family Court Services, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s criminal justice industries.
Our small classes enable our caring faculty to encourage you to grow in your faith while ministering to others who have previously engaged in criminal acts.
If you have a passion for serving the public, desire to understand the minds of criminals, and want a career working in law enforcement, this might be the right degree for you.
From the dorm life, to the classes, to chapel, to the relationships I developed between other students and faculty, I simply cannot say enough good things about this school. My faith grew exponentially while at Northwestern, and I have to attribute that to the teachers, chapel, and time spent in the dorms growing and fellowshipping with other students. I also had the privilege of receiving a first class criminal justice degree while learning from some of the very best professors around. The really neat thing about Northwestern, too, is the fact that I am still in good communications with a couple of my former professors. Finally, I was also able to develop some lifelong friendships with a number of people I met while at UNW.
of Northwestern’s criminal justice graduates felt professionally prepared by their education
POST-certified—Police Officer Standardized Training program
of seniors view the faculty as available and accessible