Criminal Justice Studies

Program Description

Minneapolis College’s Criminal Justice Studies program provides you with a broad professional education in the criminal justice system, including an understanding of how the police, courts and corrections departments operate and work together. The curriculum equips you to understand the causes of and means to prevent crime and to work effectively in the criminal justice field.


  • Minneapolis College’s Criminal Justice Studies program gives you wide-ranging professional preparation for roles in law enforcement, corrections, the courts and the probation field.
  • The curriculum provides you with comprehensive training in the criminal justice system as well as training on specific topics such as drugs in the community, juvenile justice, family violence and intercultural communications.
  • A path to peace officer licensing – The A.S. degree in Criminal Justice Studies easily transitions to Minneapolis College’s Law Enforcement Certificate program which prepares students for the state peace officer license examination.

Program Details

Occupational Outlook

Job opportunities for correctional officers are expected to be favorable, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which states that employment of correctional officers is expected to grow 9 percent between 2008 and 2018. Mandatory sentencing guidelines calling for longer sentences and reduced parole for inmates are a primary reason for increasing incarceration rates. Some employment opportunities also will arise in the private sector, as it is becoming more common for State and Federal corrections agencies to use private prisons.

Potential Job Titles

  • Law enforcement officer
  • Correctional officer
  • Court clerk
  • Probation officer

Where You Could Work

  • Correctional institutions
  • Criminal courts
  • Community corrections departments
  • Nonprofit court diversion programs