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Experience, Opportunities & Results

The Experience

Your experience as a student in the criminal justice program will be characterized by instruction and personal guidance from a faculty of experts in the field. Instructors in the program include a chief of police, state’s attorney, retired judge, and police psychologist. Courses cover such areas as law, corrections, criminal theory, homeland security, law enforcement, the court system, and moral and ethical issues in criminal justice.


The Opportunities

The criminal justice program delivers a number of distinctive learning opportunities designed to give you a depth of understanding and hands-on training. Students in one of our classes visit the South Dakota state legislature to learn about lobbying. Another class visits the state prison system to learn about prison operations. Students have attended conferences on human trafficking. And through the city of Aberdeen’s Police Explorer Program, students can go on ride alongs to get an up-close view of what it takes to succeed in law enforcement.


The Results

As a graduate of the program you’ll find that you have a number of professional and academic opportunities. Our criminal justice graduates typically enter the fields of law enforcement, corrections, court services, social services, the military, and homeland security, among others. A bachelor’s degree in criminal justice also serves as a solid foundation for graduate study such as law school.

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