Criminal Justice

Why study criminal justice?

At Augustana, criminal justice extends beyond the traditional approach by combining insight into the legal system with critical and ethical perspectives that enable graduates to be leaders in the world of law.

  • Classes provide students with a deep understanding of the United States legal system, focusing on the laws, policies and procedures that govern it. 
  • The curriculum emphasizes critical thinking through analyzing complex problems and systems and making difficult, proactive decisions.
  • Students develop a strong sense of ethics by going beyond the surface level of complex topics and looking at issues of fairness and justice.
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Graduates pursue diverse career paths that include law, law enforcement, forensic analysis, courts, corrections, policy reform, advocacy and many related fields.

Hands-On Learning

Internship opportunities include:

  • Minnehaha County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Minnehaha County State’s Attorney
  • Sequel Transition Academy
  • South Dakota Department of Corrections
  • South Dakota State Penitentiary

More than 50% of Augustana students study away by the time they graduate, with programs exploring more than 70 countries.

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Classes provide a deep understanding of the legal system. Courses also foster critical thinking skills by analyzing the complex problems and systems, as well as a strong sense of justice by considering ethical dilemmas that arise in the legal system.

Criminal justice students often participate in:

  • Anthropology Club
  • Augustana Student Association (ASA)
  • Government Club
  • Psychology Club
  • Serving and Learning Together (SALT)