Criminal Justice Undergrad


You will learn all aspects of the criminal justice system, from policing to corrections and everything in between.

Beyond the basic required courses, you can pursue advanced courses in many areas including the historical, international, social science, and legal facets of criminal justice studies, including juvenile and criminal justice processes of our local, state and federal government.


Criminal Justice: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Criminal justice graduates shape policy and improve lives, from the city street to the park patrol, from immigration to litigation.

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Online & Off-Campus Options

Four-Year Program Guides

The Classroom & Beyond

  • Our active internship program lets students work up to 320 hours in a criminal justice agency and earn college credit. Each summer, we place around 20 students in internships in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota.

  • If you are thinking about a criminal justice or political science major and would like to utilize vital analytical thinking skills while improving your public speaking and trial abilities, think about joining to the nationally known USD Mock Trial Team. 

  • This active club organizes trips, brings speakers to campus, and sponsors other social and academic activities throughout the year. 

After Graduation

Our graduates work for a variety of agencies in numerous fields.

Potential Careers

  • Law enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation, court services and court administration
  • Juvenile justice
  • Law
  • Social services
  • Other government services
  • Private sector
  • Education
Success Stories

Success Stories

College is a difficult yet rewarding transition to independence. Sami Zoss, 2016 Graduate