Criminal Justice

Program Type: Major, Minor
Program Level: Undergraduate, Associate
Department: Social Sciences

PROTECT AND SERVE OTHERS WITH A CRIMINAL JUSTICE DEGREE FROM MOUNT MARTY. PREPARE TO BE A POLICE OFFICER, Juvenile Justice Professional, Probation or Parole officer, Social service worker, LAWYER OR work in other professions within our nation’s criminal justice system where demand is high.



Our criminal justice degree provides the foundation upon which to build a profession and career. Careers in criminal justice are highly diverse and include, but are not limited to: local, state, and federal law enforcement, juvenile justice, institutional and community-based corrections, social services, and criminal and civil law. At Mount Marty, you’ll gain an in-depth knowledge of criminal investigations, criminal law, criminal procedure, policing, corrections, juvenile justice, drugs, alcohol and crime, and private security. You’ll explore psychology, human services, and sociology to help you draw insights into human behavior—skills you need as a criminal justice professional. And true to our Catholic Benedictine values, we look at criminal justice as a way to serve others in an increasingly diverse population.


Police Officer or Detective - Protect lives and property. Gather facts and collect evidence of possible crimes. Average Salary: $61,600

Paralegal - Maintain and organize files, conduct legal research, and draft legal documents to support lawyers and attorneys. Average Salary: $49,500

Probation Officer - Monitor and work with probationers to prevent them from committing new crimes. Average Salary: $50,160

Lawyer - Advise and represent individuals, businesses, and government agencies on legal issues and disputes. Average Salary: $118,160



  • Learning from experience. Each student majoring in criminal justice completes a professional internship, participates in a service-learning project, has the opportunity to go on field trips to the prison, crime labs, and jails, and has the chance to do ride-alongs with police. These experiences help when choosing careers and building a resume.
  • One-on-one attention. With small class sizes, you’ll be part of a close family both in and out of the classroom. Faculty will get to know you and help you grow as a professional and as a person.
  • Two degrees. You can choose a bachelor’s degree or an associate’s degree in criminal justice at Mount Marty.


Students studying criminal justice here at Mount Marty College complete professional internships, participate in service-learning projects, have the opportunity to go on field trips to the prison, crime labs, and jails, and have the chance to do ride-alongs with police.

Dr. Dana C. DeWitt
Professor of Criminal Justice
Phone: 605-668-1465
Building: Bede Hall 
Room: BEDE-460



Dr. Alan R. Ferris
Professor of Psychology
Phone: 605-668-1599
Building: Bede Hall 
Room: BEDE-452



Lori Lincoln
Associate Professor of Psychology
Phone: 605-668-1460
Building: Bede Hall 
Room: BEDE-454


Major Course Requirements

  • CJU 133 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJU 233 Policing in America
  • CJU 236 Criminal Investigation
  • CJU 310 Service Learning (one credit)
  • CJU 340 Criminal Procedure
  • CJU 341 Introduction to Counseling
  • CJU 358 Institutional and Community-Based Corrections
  • CJU 444 Juvenile Justice
  • CJU 460 Criminal Law
  • CJU 475 Criminology
  • CJU 485 Internship (one credit)
  • CJU 490 Senior Seminar


Choose at least six credits from the following:

  • CJU 240 Criminal Courts
  • CJU 343 Introduction to Group Counseling
  • CJU 348 Drugs, Alcohol and Crime
  • CJU 365 Principles of Private Security


Choose one of the following courses:

  • SOC 225 Foundations of Human Relations
  • SOC 360 Minority Studies
  • SOC 377 Human Relations


Related Course Requirements

  • POS 120 American Government

Criminal Justice majors often take on a second major to help round out their studies. Popular choices include forensic science, psychology, and English. Students can also decide to pursue these as minors! 

Forensic science students have the opportunity to be a member of the Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Club and participate in activities that the club is involved with and sponsors!