The Saint Mary's criminal justice and law enforcement major is designed to prepare students to serve in local, state, or federal law enforcement such as city policing, state highway patrol, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and other related professions.
Law enforcement track studies are structured around a core of criminal justice courses including topics such as law enforcement, the judicial process, drugs, crime, and the correctional system. Faculty at Saint Mary's offer students both academic and real-world experience and provide a breadth of understanding and working knowledge in these areas. Students are also exposed to a wide variety of other disciplines including human services, political science, psychology, and sociology.
Saint Mary's criminal justice program is certified by the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST), which means majoring graduates will be certified and comply with the first step in licensing required by POST. To complete this process, graduates are also required to pass a statewide POST-administered examination.
Border patrol; correctional officer; customs inspector; drug enforcement administration; Federal Bureau of Investigation agent; government lawyer; judge; paralegal; police officer; private practice lawyer; probation officer; treatment specialist; protective services; security.
This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.
In addition to this and the many other majors offered at Saint Mary's, you can enhance your education with a minor in a subject that interests you.
Integrated General Education Minors (an integrated minor is required for graduation):
- Creativity and Inquiry (21-23 credits)
- Environmental Sustainability (21 credits)
- Global Diversity and Social Justice (21 credits)
- Self, Society, and the Sacred (21 credits)
Disciplinary Minors (disciplinary minors are optional): Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Digital Media and Journalism, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Biology, Geographic Information Science, Global Studies, History, Leadership, Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Scientific Computing, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Business, Statistics, Theatre, Theology, Zoology
Providing an overview of criminal justice institutions, the causes of crime, and issues relating to social control with coursework in law enforcement, the judicial process, drugs and crime, correctional processes and additional coursework for becoming a law enforcement agent. Students complete either a research project or an internship.
For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.
Applicants must submit:
Completed application form
Official high school transcript
Official test scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
An essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
Letters of recommendation are optional.
If you choose to upload a document, please make sure your file is either a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx), an RTF file, or a PDF file. Any other format (including Google Docs) will not load into your application.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Tuition:||$37,650 Per Year|
Additional fee for the following residences:
Village Apts., Gilmore Creek Hall $200
Bishops Hall, Brother William Hall, Hillside Hall, La Salle Hall, and Brother Leopold Hall Doubles $400
Brother Leopold Hall Singles and All Apts. $600
The Saint Mary's Difference
The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.