• Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

    The Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science offers a major and minor in criminology and criminal justice (CCJ), and a certificate and minor in forensic science.

    The CCJ major provides a student with a social science approach to the study of crime. The required courses create the foundation to a broad understanding about the study of crime and criminal justice systems. Graduates pursue careers related to local, state, or federal law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, social services, and criminal justice research and policy. The CCJ minor provides an overview of the study of crime and criminal justice systems to students pursuing other academic majors.

    The forensic science certificate is paired with a natural science major for students interested in pursuing a career in the forensic sciences. This certificate exposes students to the application of scientific principles and analytical methods to criminal and civil investigations. Students intending to pursue a career in medical examiner offices or crime labs should complete the certificate.

    The forensic science minor complements majors in criminology and criminal justice (CCJ), legal studies, psychology and other related disciplines by providing students with a concentration of forensic science coursework.

    Students pursuing a major in criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) and a certificate in forensic science complete an internship that enables them to connect theory and practice and gain valuable professional work experience. The location of Hamline in the Twin Cities offers students diverse opportunities for exceptional internships in crime labs and medical examiner offices, and local, state and federal criminal justice, law enforcement, legal, social service agencies.

    As part of the CCJ and forensic science curriculum, students also have the opportunity to attend presentations from guest lecturers from criminal justice and forensic science professionals and tour criminal justice and forensic science agencies such as the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and correctional facilities.

    Courses are taught by professors with experience and expertise in juvenile corrections and juvenile justice policy, privacy and data security, victim advocacy, police practices, forensic anthropology, forensic toxicology, chemistry, and microscopy. Nationally recognized practitioners teach a variety of courses including crime scene investigation, DNA analysis, firearm and toolmarks, fingerprints, questioned documents, and criminal law and procedure.

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