Criminal Justice

A professor talking with criminal justice students

Legally Speaking

Discover ways to use your talents for law, law enforcement, juvenile support, corrections, court reporting or many other ways that are a part of the United States legal system.  A Criminal Justice degree from DWU, at either the bachelor’s or associate’s level, will give you the tools and confidence you need to enter a law-related occupation or further your education.  Well educated, experienced graduates will find rewarding careers doing the vital work of our justice system. Become a part of the solution at DWU!

What's the difference?

  • Graduate in just two or four years, depending on your degree choice
  • Expose yourself to a variety of justice-related disciplines including law, law enforcement, juvenile services, courts, criminology, research and more
  • Find your area of interest with classes like forensic investigation, financial and white collar crimes; terrorism and Homeland Security; wildlife law enforcement; legal studies and more
  • Learn from experienced instructors with criminal justice backgrounds
  • Dive into a justice-related internship for real-world experience

What can you do with a criminal justice degree? 

  • Conservation officer
  • Criminologist
  • Juvenile counselor
  • Air marshal
  • Court reporter

Criminal Justice Courses

Study subjects such as:

  • Crime Scene and Forensic Investigation
  • Financial and White Collar Crimes
  • Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • Wildlife Law Enforcement
  • Legal Studies

Take a closer look at the classes you will take in the criminal justice catalog.

An associate’s degree in human services from Mitchell Technical College may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, nonprofit administration and psychology, allowing completion of this bachelor’s degree in two years.


Nothing can replace learning the justice system firsthand. By taking part in an internship, you’ll expand your hiring potential and earn valuable working experience. Take advantage of our many connections in the field of criminal justice. Let your adviser or the Academic and Career Services Center know you’re interested, and we’ll help you find an internship that’s right for you.

Take a look at some of the organizations our students have interned with in the past.

Do You Like A Challenge?

Join your professors in their research. When you become a research assistant, you'll gain an in-depth perspective on the world of criminal justice. Let this experience ignite your desire to learn more. Interested? Contact Assistant Professor Joel Reinesch for information on how you can get involved.

Get to Know Your Professors

Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors.

Any Questions?

Contact us anytime! Call admissions at 605-995-2650, or email us at

We would love to share information with you via email, or we will mail it right to your front door.