Law Enforcement Opportunities

I was wondering what jobs would be offered if I majored in law enforcement.  Also, is this the best choice for me if I want to be a police officer?

  1. If you want to become a police officer, then you should major in Criminal Justice.  If you want to be a Police Officer in Minnesota, you will need to major in Criminal Justice at a college in Minnesota that is Certified by the State of Minnesota. WSU has this certification.
  2. If you are looking for careers in criminal justice other than law enforcement/policing, you should still major in criminal justice. For careers with a criminal justice degree, check out the Criminal Justice: What can I do with this degree? document.

If you want to discuss these options or if you have other options, contact Dr. Norman at or 507-457-5670.


J. Mark Norman, Ph.D.
Dept. Sociology/Criminal Justice

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