News Release

Criminal Justice Program at the U of M Crookston Certified by the Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards & Training

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, April 23, 2009

The Minnesota Board of Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) has approved the certification of the criminal justice program in the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Department at the University of Minnesota, Crookston. The certification means graduates from the U of M, Crookston are eligible to become licensed police officers in Minnesota. The program, under the direction of David Seyfried, is the only certified criminal justice program in the University of Minnesota system.

Understanding the criminal justice system and the law, while gaining skills in communication and management, are important aspects of program. Whether new to the field or currently employed in it, students can earn a bachelor of science degree with either a corrections or law enforcement emphasis.

 “The Crookston campus offers a criminal justice degree focused on application and one that provides an interdisciplinary approach,” said Jack Geller, Ph.D., head of the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Department. “Our students will be equipped to become licensed police officers or move into a graduate degree program to pursue further study.” Students who are interested will be prepared to continue graduate study in fields such as political science, law, criminology, public administration, psychology, forensics, and social work.

 For the past ten years, the Crookston campus has offered criminal justice classes through its degree programs in law enforcement aviation and natural resources law enforcement. The Crookston campus decision to offer a bachelor of science in criminal justice was approved by the U of M Board of Regents in May 2008. Providing in-depth, hands-on learning in research, theory, management, and intervention that are unique to the criminal justice field are a focus of the program.  

 As the program’s director, Seyfried brings experience as a licensed police officer in Minnesota. He has served as a deputy with both Ottertail and Polk counties in the state and as director of public safety at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D.  Seyfried completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Minnesota, Morris and his graduate degrees at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.

To learn more about the criminal justice program at the U of M, Crookston, visit

Today the University of Minnesota, Crookston delivers more than 25 applied-science undergraduate degree programs and 50 concentrations, including several online degrees, in agriculture; arts, humanities and social sciences; business; math, science and technology; and natural resources. To learn more, visit



David Seyfried, program director, 218-281-8370 (