required for program
PSEO/Early College online classes
A criminal justice degree builds on a foundation of psychology and practical knowledge of law enforcement. You will examine the policies, principles, and social dynamics that shape the system of law. You will be prepared with the foundation for further graduate study in law or social work.
At Northwestern, you'll approach law enforcement and criminal justice with a heart of ministry. Our small classes allow our faculty to encourage you to grow in your faith while you minister to others.
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). Northwestern is one of 30 schools in the state of Minnesota that offers this certification. After you complete your coursework through Northwestern, you will be approved for the academic component of the Professional Peace Officer Education (PPOE). Students will still be required to complete a fitness test with an outside agency after graduating.
Our criminal justice professors are former or current practitioners. They will help you build professional contacts and explore areas of interest. Through a required internship class, you'll collaborate 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, Metro Police Departments, Alexandra House working with victims of domestic violence, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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