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    Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104


    Shelly Schaefer
    Department Chair

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  • Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

    The Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science offers a major and minor in criminal justice, a certificate and minor in forensic science, and a post-baccalaureate forensic science certificate. Students pursuing a major in criminal justice and/or 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.

    The criminal justice 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 crime and justice. Graduates pursue careers related to local, state, or federal law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, social services, criminal justice research and policy. The criminal justice minor provides an overview of the criminal justice system 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 is interdisciplinary and 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 criminal justice, legal studies, psychology and other related disciplines by providing students with a concentration of forensic science coursework.

    Courses are taught by professors with experience and expertise in juvenile corrections and juvenile justice policy, privacy and data security, criminal law and procedure, 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, and questioned documents.

    As part of the curriculum, students 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. Students are required to observe a variety of legal and criminal justice proceedings.

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