College of Education, Arts & Sciences and Nursing
P.O. Box 7751
Havre, MT 59501-7751
Cowan Hall 105A
A criminal justice degree from Montana State University-Northern prepares you for a career in a diverse and challenging field. From jobs in police services to adult and juvenile corrections to homeland security, MSU-Northern's criminal justice program offers exciting professional and educational opportunities for students.
Criminal Law – Study the underlying doctrines and selected rules of criminal law; the sources of substantive criminal law and historical development of common law principles of criminal responsibility; and constitutional constraints on the decision to define behavior as criminal.
Criminology - Explore the various sociological, psychological, and biological theories that seek to explain criminal behavior, examine the problem of crime in contemporary society and study conflict resolution skills utilized in the criminal justice system.
Law Enforcement – Examine the different law enforcement jobs within the criminal justice system, analyze their duties and responsibilities, the investigation of crimes, and discuss current topics and trends.
Corrections – Explore the functions of the Federal, State and local Correctional systems; including Probation, Parole and Juvenile detention.
Policy and Procedure – Learn how cases are adjudicated in the justice system, the creation and implementation of criminal justice policies and procedures, and the role the public plays in effecting change in governmental agencies.
Graduates of our Montana criminal justice program go on to pursue careers in state, county, and city agencies as well as federal and private organizations. Nationwide growth estimates in fields related to criminal justice, including police detectives, correctional officers, probation officers, security officers, and private investigators, range from 5-21%.
Office: Cowan Hall 306D
Phone: (406) 265-4173