• Criminology and Criminal Justice Major

    Major Program

    Hamline's criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) major provides students a social science approach to the study of crime. The required courses provide a broad foundation in crime and justice, and social research methods to understand criminal justice policy and interventions. CCJ majors develop a working knowledge of the key components of the criminal justice system. Students learn how policy impacts both the institutions and individuals working within the system. Majors gain a solid methodological foundation to critique policy and criminal justice interventions being used by professionals today. Hamline University is unique in offering students the opportunity to complement their CCJ major with a forensic science minor.


    CCJ Major Requirements

    A student majoring in criminology and criminal justice (CCJ) must complete 44 credits using the guidelines described below.

    The following 5 courses are required for all CCJ majors.

    Required Corrections Competency: Choose One.

    Choose one of the following corrections courses. Students can take both courses and count one towards their additional 16 elective credits.

    • - covers juvenile corrections
    • - covers adult corrections

    Required Policy and Practice Competency: Choose One.

    Choose one of the following courses that examines how the study of crime, policy, and practice intersect. Students are encouraged to take more than one course from this area towards their additional 16 elective credits.

    16 Additional Elective Credits

    To complete the major, students must complete 16 additional elective credits from the list below. At least 8 credits must be CJFS courses. Students are strongly encouraged to take more than 8 credits of CJFS designated courses.

    • CJFS 3980/5980 - Approved Topics Course
    • (Topic: Engendering Justice)
  • Law School Early Admission (3-3) Option

    Students seeking to enter law school may pursue this major through the Law School Early Admission (3-3) Program. If interested, meet with the Criminology and Criminal Justice Department Chair and a Legal Studies faculty member by the end of your first year at Hamline.

    Visit the Law School Early Admission (3-3) Program for more details.