Criminal Justice Learning Opportunities
Your education will extend far beyond the classroom when pursuing a Criminal Justice degree at MSU Moorhead. Whether it’s a semester-long internship that leads to a job post-graduation or a weekly gathering with your peers, the opportunities to grow your knowledge and experience are nearly endless.
Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society, recognizes academic excellence of undergraduate Criminal Justice majors who maintain a 3.5 GPA or higher, are nominated by faculty and are in the top 35 percent of their class. The goals of Alpha Phi Sigma are to honor and promote academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity.
Criminal Justice majors are encouraged to join MSUM’s Criminal Justice Association, a student-run organization focusing on criminal justice in today’s world. The group discusses topics with experts from various organizations to give you the opportunity to increase your knowledge and gain insight on current criminal justice issues.
Students often work with local police departments, social service agencies, probation officers, district courts and other agencies to earn internship credits for their degree. Some of the agencies students have worked with in the past include:
- Cass County Juvenile Court
- Fargo Police Department
- Moorhead Police Department
- U.S. Marshal Service
- Lutheran Social Services Restorative Justice Program
- Elder Abuse Program
- Rape and Abuse Crisis Center
- Clay County Domestic Violence Court
The Law Enforcement Skills program at Alexandria Technical and Community College is designed to give prospective peace officers hands-on skill training necessary to qualify for licensure in Minnesota. You’ll be eligible to attend after completing your Criminal Justice degree from MSUM, which is a Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certified program.
You will definitely find a Learning Community that fits your interests and helps you achieve your goals. Don’t worry if you’re undecided about a major; we offer several themed communities that are open to any major, as well as an Exploration Community that will help you figure out what your major might be!
Are you interested in exploring new cultures while furthering your education? Studying abroad with your peers and professors takes education to a whole new level, opening your eyes to fresh experiences and allowing you to further your education somewhere you might have never considered traveling. See how Restorative Justice works in Norway or Ireland, among other destinations. Contact Dr. Geraldine Hendrix-Sloan for more information.