Criminal Justice

About the Program

In UMFK’s criminal justice program, you’ll prepare for entry-level positions in local, state, and federal law enforcement and criminal justice. With a focus on ethical and critical thinking, courses are taught by professionals with decades of experience in the field. Much of what you learn will be put to the test in real-world learning environments, including a required internship.

Officer Jess Combs speaks with dispatch over her cruiser's CB radio

Criminal Justice – Bachelor of Science

Gain the knowledge and skills you need for employment and advancement in a multitude of public safety professions including police officers, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies, game wardens, customs and border protection, corrections, emergency management and many others with the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice – Associate of Arts

Earn an Associate of Arts degree in Criminal Justice online or on campus for employment or advancement in the criminal justice system and with various law enforcement agencies at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. This degree may be used as a gateway to the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Program Requirements

  • CRJ 100: Criminology
  • CRJ 101: Introduction to Criminal Law
  • CRJ 105: Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CRJ 108: Constitutional Law
  • CRJ 215: Principles of Investigations
  • CRJ 326: Introduction to Forensic Science
  • PSA 100: Introduction to Public Safety Administration
  • PSA 221: Ethics And Community
  • PSA 310: Introduction to Public Management
  • PSA 311: Homeland Security & Emergency Management
  • PSA 315: Public Policy
  • PSA 319: Interviewing Concepts in Modern Policing
  • PSA 322: Terrorism
  • PSA 333: National Incident Management Systems
  • PSA 397: Public Safety Internship
  • PSA 419: Case Preparation & Resolution
  • PSY 334: Crisis Identification & Intervention
  • PSY 362: Abnormal Psychology

Forensic Science Minor

Students take at least three forensic science courses, with the option of earning a minor in forensics. In addition, you’ll benefit from real-world learning in the form of mock trial prep, interviews, and crime scene investigations.

Criminal Justice Minor

The Criminal Justice Minor allows the student to explore the legal, social, and practical aspects of the criminal justice field.

Career Opportunities in Criminal Justice

Graduates have careers as:

  • Game Warden
  • Conservation Law Officer
  • Marine Patrol
  • State Trooper
  • Sheriff Deputy
  • Police Officer
  • Chief of Police
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Customs and Border Officer

Employers who have hired our graduates in recent years include:

  • Maine Warden Service
  • Maine Forest Rangers
  • National Park Service
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Maine Department of Conservation
  • Fish & Game
  • Bureau of Land Management
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Bureau of Parks and Lands
  • Maine State Police
  • Local Police Departments (various)

Career Outlook and Earning Potential

Bureau of Labor Statistics – Potential Occupations and Employment Outlook

7 Career-Oriented Outcomes

Professionalism, Safety, Practitioner, Critical Thinker, Communicator, Leader, Teamwork, Advocacy

Federal Bureau of Prisons

An example of where our graduates work

Bureau of Parks and Land

One of our many internship opportunities

Next Steps

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