• Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

    If you’re interested in why individuals commit crime and fascinated by crime solving and the criminal justice system, and want to work for the betterment of society, look no further than Hamline’s criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) major and forensic science certificate. Through Hamline's innovative program, you’ll approach the study of crime from a social science perspective, examining crime policies, evidence-based practices, the function of law in society, crime patterns, and the role of science in the criminal justice system. As one of the state’s leaders in the field, Hamline offers unique opportunities for internships with local and state criminal justice agencies.

    Students can choose to pursue a criminology and criminal justice major (CCJ) or minor and/or a certificate in forensic science and/or a forensic science minor. The CCJ major is a social science approach to the study of crime (criminology) and the study of criminal justice systems. The major requires coursework that includes criminal justice and forensic science methods, theories of criminal behavior, along with elective opportunities such as Punishment, Corrections and Society, Juvenile Delinquency, Victomology, and International Crime and Justice to match students career and academic interests. Forensic science certificate seeking students are strongly encouraged to complete a natural science degree in chemistry or biology to prepare for work as a forensic scientist in a lab setting. Both forensic science certificate and forensic science minor students can take coursework in topical labs, including Forensic Fingerprint Examination, Forensic Firearm and Toolmark Examination, Forensic Biology, Forensic Document Examination, Crime Scene Investigation, and Forensic Pathology. In addition to the above areas of study, Hamline is approved by the State of Minnesota Peace Officer Standards and Training board to offer a concentration of courses for students who want to pursue careers as police officers, deputy sheriffs, and/or state patrol officers.

    Internships are required for both the criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) major and the forensic science certificate. Students gain experience through 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 CCJ majors and forensic science students have a broad array of employment options, which include: corrections, police officers and law enforcement, crime policy evaluation, lawyers and judges, probation officer, pretrial officers, victim services counselors, clinical psychologist, FBI agent, Drug Enforcement agent, and U.S. Marshal. Read more about life after Hamline.

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