Criminal Justice Undergraduate Program

Hands-on

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

You'll find our graduates at work anywhere issues of justice and law enforcement arise.

Our program has close working relations with other disciplines to provide qualified personnel for all segments of the criminal justice system, as well as many related agencies of government. We provide a sound basic education in criminal justice for graduates who choose to pursue master, doctoral and law degrees. Our faculty have considerable experience as probation or corrections officers, prosecutors and police officers at every level of government.

Our program will prepare you to work in the following areas:

  • Law firms
  • Federal agencies
  • Child welfare
  • Private investigation
  • National defense
  • Police stations
  • State patrol
  • Border patrol

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.

View Curriculum

View Minor

Online & Off-Campus Options

Four-Year Program Guides

After Graduation

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

Potential Careers
Law enforcement Social services
Corrections Government services
Probation and court services Private sector
Juvenile justice Education
Local government State government
Success Stories

Success Stories

I’ve always had an interest in combining criminal justice and psychology, but I soon discovered that “criminal profilers” only exist in Hollywood. Dawn O’Neill, 2009 Graduate

Contact Us

Dakota Hall Location
Criminal Justice Program
Dakota Hall
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069

Phone:605-677-5706
Fax:605-677-8808

criminaljustice@usd.edu

usd.edu/criminaljustice

Campus Map