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    Criminology and Criminal Justice Major (CCJ)

    In Fall of 2014, we changed the name of our major to Criminology and Criminal Justice (CCJ) to reflect the content of our program and the expertise of our faculty members. The CCJ 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. CCJ 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, Minnesota’s Peace Officer Standards and Training Board has approved our department 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 POST concentration at Hamline to meet the peace officer education (PPOE) learning objectives as an undergraduate student or post-degree seeking student.

    To complete a CCJ major, a student must complete forty-four (44) credits using the guidelines described below.

    Five (5) required courses for the major:

    • CJFS 1120 - Crime and Justice in America 
    • CJFS 1140: Introduction to Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Methods 
    • CJFS 3720 - Constitutional Issues in Criminal Procedure 
    • CJFS 3750 – Theories of Criminal Behavior
    • CJFS 5660 - Capstone and Internship in Criminology and Criminal Justice 

    Required Corrections Competency: Choose One. We strongly recommend that students choose more than one course from this area as an elective.

    • CJFS 3760-Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice 
    • CJFS 3770 – Punishment, Corrections and Society 

    Required Policy and Practice Competency: Choose One. We strongly recommend that students take more than one course from this area as an elective.

    • CJFS 3700-Policing in America 
    • CJFS 3710-Criminal Law and Practice
    • CJFS 3740-Courts and Sentencing
    • CJFS 3790-Crime Policy Evaluation

    Sixteen (16) Additional Credits. At least 8 credits must be CJFS 1150, CJFS 3400 or any combination of CJFS 3700 or above. CJFS 3980 or CJFS 5980 forensic science special topic courses do not count towards a CCJ major. Students can take two courses outside the major from the following approved courses.

    • CJFS 1150 – Drugs and Society
    • CJFS 3400 - Survey of Forensic Science 
    • CJFS 3700 - Policing in America
    • CJFS 3710- Criminal Law and Practice 
    • CJFS 3730 – Victimology
    • CJFS 3740 – Courts and Sentencing
    • CJFS 3760 - Juvenile Delinquency/Juvenile Justice
    • CJFS 3770 – Punishment, Corrections and Society
    • CJFS 3780 – International Crime and Justice
    • CJFS 3790 – Crime Policy Evaluation
    • CJFS 3980 – Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice (only 4 credit CCJ courses count as elective credit towards the major).
    • CJFS 5980 - Special Topics in Criminology and Criminal Justice
    • CFST 3100 - Approaches to Conflict Response 
    • PSY 1480 - Abnormal Psychology 
    • PSY 3640 - Theories of Psychotherapy 
    • PSY 3840 – Addiction Studies
    • SOC 3350 - Sociology of Racial and Cultural Minorities 
    • WSTD 3500 - Topics in Women's Studies: Engendering Justice 


    CJFS 5660-Capstone and Internship in Criminology and Criminal Justice should be taken your senior year. This course also includes a minimum 120 hour internship to be completed concurrently with the course. The prerequisites for this course include CJFS 1120, CJFS 1140, CJFS 3750, and CJFS 3720.