Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic ScienceMS-B1805Hamline University1536 Hewitt AvenueSaint Paul, MN 55104
Shelly SchaeferDepartment Chair651email@example.com
Completing a criminal justice major at Hamline provides students with a social science approach to the study of crime. The required courses provide a broad foundation in crime and justice, and social research methods to understand criminal justice policy and interventions. Criminal justice majors develop a working knowledge of the key components of the criminal justice system. Students learn how policy impacts both the institutions and individuals working within the system. Majors gain a solid methodological foundation to critique policy and correctional interventions being used by professionals today. Hamline University is unique in offering students the opportunity to complement their criminal justice major with a forensic science minor.
In addition, Hamline’s criminal justice department has been approved by Peace Officer Standards and Training Board (POST) as a provider of academic training for individuals seeking to become a peace officer in the state of Minnesota. Students interested in pursuing a career in law enforcement at the city, county, or state level can complete the necessary POST educational requirements at Hamline either as an undergraduate student or as a post-baccalaureate student.
To complete a major in criminal justice, a student must complete forty (40) credits using the guidelines described below.
Six (6) required courses for the major:
One (1) required course from the following list of courses: (It is strongly recommended that students choose more than one of the following to complete their elective credits).
Twelve (12) Additional Credits
Students majoring in criminal justice choose at least twelve (12) credits from the list of approved electives, with at least eight (8) credits numbered 3000 or above. (LAW 5450: Wrongful Convictions, 2 credits; taught in the Law School may be substituted with special approval.)
View Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Courses.
CJFS 5660-Capstone and Internship in Criminal Justice should be taken your senior year. The prerequisites for this course include CJFS 1120, CJFS 1140, CJFS 3750, LGST 3810 and LGST 3820. This course also includes a minimum 120 hour internship to be completed concurrently with the course.
Hamline forensic science students and a faculty member were featured in a story on KARE 11 News that illustrated the physical evidence a person leaves behind in a given day and how forensic scientists might collect and examine those clues.
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American Academy of Forensic Sciences
Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory
Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office Crime Laboratory Unit
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