Police Science

The Police Science major teaches students the fundamentals of policing along with specialized knowledge including investigations, patrol operations, communications, intercultural competence and social scientific research.

This course of study explores the complexities of the justice system while integrating important social context. Students will learn how to make ethical decisions and the impact of policing on individuals, families and society. 


A degree in Police Science prepares graduates to serve in a wide range of careers such as:

  • police officer (Minnesota and other states).
  • conservation officer.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI).
  • Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
  • Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
  • border patrol.
  • correctional officer.
  • private security.
  • private investigations.
  • crime prevention.
  • court/justice services.

This bachelor’s degree also prepares students to continue their education in graduate and/or law school.

POST Licensure

WSU provides the required courses for graduates to become licensed peace officers in Minnesota. This service is offered with WSU’s accreditation and certification with the Minnesota Peace Officers Standards and Training Board (POST) and the university’s PPOE program.

The selection and standards requirements to become a police officer in Minnesota are among of the highest in the nation.

The core courses in the major follow the learning objectives set by the POST Board and serve to prepare students for the POST licensing exam after the successful completion of skills and the degree. 

Transfer Pathways

WSU’s Police Science major offers students with a Criminal Justice Transfer Pathways A.S. degree a powerful option: the opportunity to continue their education by obtaining a bachelor’s degree.

Qualifying students will have completed Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC).