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    Undergraduate Admission 


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    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104

  • Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Programs

    If you’re a mystery buff, fascinated by crime solving and the criminal justice system, and want to work for the betterment of society, look no further than Hamline’s criminal justice major and forensic sciences certificate. Through Hamline's innovative program, you’ll examine the function of law in society, crime patterns, social policy on crime control, and the role of science in the criminal justice system. As one of the state’s leaders in the field, Hamline offers unique opportunities, including a partnership with the Anoka County forensic crime lab -- a new, $27.5 million, state-of-the-art facility where you’ll gain real-life experience through classes and internships.

    Students can choose to pursue a criminal justice major or minor and/or a certificate in forensic sciences. An interdisciplinary major, the criminal justice program requires courses in anthropology, psychology, philosophy, sociology, conflict studies, and law. Minors in any of these fields are well suited to criminal justice majors. Forensic sciences students will partake in topical labs, including Demystifying Fingerprints, Principles of Firearms and Tool Marks, Forensic Biology, Forensic Document Examination, Criminal Investigation, Introduction to Medico-legal Death Investigation, and Forensic Graphics. Students who want to pursue careers as police officers, deputy sheriffs, and/or state patrol officers may also earn Minnesota Peace Officer certification through Hamline’s criminal justice program.

    Internships are required for both the criminal justice major and the forensic science certificate. (Those pursuing both programs may complete one internship, or more if they choose.) In addition to opportunities through Hamline’s partnership with the Anoka County forensic crime lab, students gain internships with local, state, or federal law enforcement; corrections; social services; medical examiner or coroner offices; governmental and nongovernmental human rights organizations; private consulting firms; and law offices. Additionally, students engage in collaborative research with faculty members and often have opportunities to present their findings at national conferences where they network with professionals in the field. 

    With connections to Twin Cities’ local and state government organizations, private consulting and law firms, corrections facilities, and social service agencies Hamline criminal justice and forensic science majors have a broad array of employment options, which include: police officers and law enforcement, lawyers and judges, court counselors, pretrial officers, victim services counselors, clinical psychologist, FBI agent, Drug Enforcement agent, and U.S. Marshal. Read more about life after Hamline.  

  • Student Profile
    Tracy Stein '11 interned at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.