Criminology and Criminal Justice Major (BA)

Criminology and Criminal Justice Majors

Bachelor of Arts

If you're interested in understanding the complex roots of crime and the criminal justice system, then Hamline’s criminology and criminal justice major is for you. As you progress through the major you will examine crime through a theoretical lens, examine challenges in the criminal justice system, and learn about the various methods of collecting and analyzing criminal justice data. Hamline's programs are one of the only criminology and criminal justice bachelor's degrees in the Minnesota area and offer a wide array of courses from faculty and professionals in the field. You may also be interested in learning about Hamline's forensic science majors.

You will have the opportunity to dive deeper into specific topics like victimization, juvenile delinquency, mental illness, courts and sentencing, policing, and forensic psychology. Your bachelor's degree experience will culminate with an internship during your senior capstone to apply your academic studies in a professional setting.

Criminology and criminal justice program details

Student Research
Career Paths
Grad School

Student research opportunities

At Hamline, criminology and criminal justice majors have the opportunity to participate in research with faculty as early as their first year, something usually reserved for graduate students at other institutions. You'll design and conduct your own research project based on your individual interests and goals.

The list of possible research projects is as varied as our students. For example, picture yourself:

  • Collaborating with faculty to study the roots of mass shootings and designing programs to prevent school violence
  • Analyzing police and community engagement, and the efficacy of various community-based crime prevention programs
  • Designing and testing intimate partner violence screening tools for first responders and medical professionals to help identify people who need help
  • Writing a meta-analysis of pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing studies and proposing methods to prevent further victimization
  • Creating a curriculum for juvenile justice programming
  • Planning and organizing a conference on mental illness and the criminal justice system

During your research process, you’ll collaborate with professionals at major research institutions, publish your research in academic journals, and present your work at local, regional, and national conferences.

Learn more about student research opportunities at Hamline

Internships for criminology and criminal justice students

We make sure you leave Hamline with work experience in the criminology and criminal justice field on your resume. And the opportunities are boundless. Whether you want to explore a career in victim advocacy, criminal justice reform, statistical analysis, or more, we have internship opportunities for you.

Examples of past criminology student internships include:

  • Tubman, resource counseling advocate
  • Humanize My Hoodie housing intern
  • United States Postal Service, inspection service intern
  • Saint Paul Police Department, intern
  • St. Paul and Ramsey County domestic abuse intervention, legal advocate
  • AMICUS, re-entry service assistant
  • Hennepin County Department of Community Corrections, adult probation officer intern
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, intern
  • Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, investigative intern
  • National Alliance on Mental Illness, intern
  • Sexual Offense Services of Ramsey County, intern
  • Women of Nations, criminal legal advocate
  • Restorative Justice Community Action, assistant case coordinator

Explore career paths for criminology and criminal justice majors

Our innovative courses and one-on-one mentoring by faculty will give you the tools to succeed in a variety of jobs, such as:


  • Domestic violence survivor's advocate
  • Sexual assault prevention advocate
  • Juvenile probation officer
  • Police officer
  • Corrections officer
  • Reentry specialist
  • Youth prevention case worker
  • Crime statistician

You can also put your degree to work in any number of fields, including:


  • Victim advocacy
  • Crime prevention
  • Reentry case management
  • Research analysis
  • Carceral system
  • Law enforcement
  • Criminal justice policy

Take your studies further with graduate school

Our graduates have gone on to graduate schools across the country in the pursuit of master’s and doctoral degrees. Examples of programs and schools include:

  • Master's in public policy, George Mason University
  • Master of Science in criminology and criminal justice, Arizona State University
  • PhD in criminology and criminal justice, Florida State University
  • Master of Science in criminal justice, University of Cincinnati
  • Master of Science in forensic psychology, North Dakota State University
Jillian Peterson speaking about Hamline's Criminology and Criminal Justice program

Conduct invaluable national research at Hamline

Professor Jillian Peterson shares how Hamline’s criminology and criminal justice program provides students with an immersive, hands-on education that enables students to contribute to valuable research that is utilized across the nation.

Klaire Petersen, criminology major at Hamline

Studying criminology, I've learned about different aspects of the criminal justice system. It's fascinating to look at the criminal justice system through lenses of psychology and politics.

Klaire Petersen '22, criminology and criminal justice; of Lincoln, Nebraska
Jason Soles, Criminology and Criminal Justice program

Hamline provides you with the tools to positively affect your community

Community fellow Jason Sole shares how Hamline’s criminology and criminal justice program has students explore the challenges of the criminal justice system and provides them with tools and experiences to start making effective changes.

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