A more security conscious society, along with population growth, will contribute to an increasing demand for law enforcement services, with employment of police officers expected to grow 9 percent through 2018. Jobs for detectives and criminal investigators are expected to grow 17 percent. Source:"Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Real World Preparation

A well-ordered society depends on a fair criminal justice system that both defends its citizens and protects their rights. At Governors State University, criminal justice studies cover traditional aspects such as law enforcement, courts and the judiciary, corrections and juvenile justice. It also recognizes the interdependence of social traditions, values and legal structures that necessarily impact policy questions in a democratic society.

Real World Challenges

GSU's criminal justice program helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and qualifications that lead to careers in law enforcement, the legal profession, government and education. Through course work and practical, real-life experiences, you will become an analytical, influential and conceptual thinker prepared to positively address today's challenges for the greater good. The program provides solid foundations in restorative and community-based approaches to crime and social problems.

Choice of Concentrations

Concentrations are offered in law enforcement and security, corrections and punishment and community-based and restorative justice. GSU's highly-trained criminal justice faculty has extensive experience in criminal justice, law enforcement, research, corrections, social justice, juvenile justice and law. You will become familiar with the technology of law enforcement. Internships and a senior seminar put you in the field and sharpen the communications skills you need for a career in criminal justice.

Off-Campus Opportunities

As part of the program's commitment to provide flexible, adult-centered education, undergraduate criminal justice classes will be offered starting in Spring 2016 at Harper College, (1200 W. Algonquin Road, Palatine, IL).
The next information session will be on Monday, November 16, 2015. Please visit between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at Harper College in the hallway near room H144. Please contact Nancy Kaczmarczyk, 708.235.3983 for details. Download a flyer.

Program Fact Sheet

Required Preparation

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended coursework, please see GSU transfer guides.

Degree Requirements

Degree Requirements

Students must meet all university requirements for a bachelor's degree. In addition, students must earn a minimum grade of C in all the upper-division criminal justice core and selective courses at Governors State University.

I.    General Education Requirement (37-41 Hours)

See GSU Catalog for general education requirements.

II.   Foundation Courses (15 Hours)*

The following courses should be taken at either the lower- or upper-division level. (Substitutions are allowed with the permission of the student's advisor.)

CJUS 2100 Criminal Justice Organizations and Process (3)

CJUS 2200 Correctional Process (3)

CJUS 2300 Juvenile Justice (3)

CJUS 2400 Law Enforcement and the Community (3)

CJUS 2500 Criminal Law and Procedure (3)

II.   Core Courses (27 Hours)*

The following courses must be taken at the upper-division level:

CJUS 3090  Junior Seminar (1)

CJUS 3100  Foundations of Social Justice (3)

CJUS 3530  Computer Apps for Criminal Justice (3)

CJUS 3600  Judicial Process and Constitutional Issues in CJUS (3)

CJUS 4411  Theories of Crime and Deviance (3)

CJUS 4415  Justice System Research Design (3)

CJUS 4440  Exploring Ethics in the Justice System (3)

CJUS 4565  Comp. International. CJUS Systems (3)

CJUS 4800  Internship (3)

CJUS 4990  Senior Seminar in Criminal Justice (2)

III.  Selectives (15 Hours)

Students must also take 15 credits of selective courses in any of the following concentrations. Students may take courses in different concentrations.

Law Enforcement and Information Security Concentration:

CJUS 3550 Computer Security, Law and Justice (3)

CJUS 4120 Policing and the Community (3)

CJUS 4500 Race, Gender and the Justice System (3)

CJUS 4545 White Collar Crime (3)

CJUS 4616 Quantitative Research Applications in Law Enforcement (3)

CJUS 4770 Management of CJUS Organizations (3)

CJUS 5300/CPSC 4540 Digital Forensics (3)

Corrections and Punishment Concentration:

CJUS 3200 Corrections Policy and Practice (3)

CJUS 3300 Juvenile Justice Policy and Practice (3)

CJUS 4130 History of Corrections and Punishment (3)

CJUS 4210 Alternatives to Institutional Corrections (3)

CJUS 4220 Institutional Corrections (3)

CJUS 4230 Health Issues in Corrections Systems (3)

CJUS 4250 Death Penalty in America (3)

Restorative and Community Justice Concentration:

CJUS 4140   Restorative Justice (3)

CJUS 4350   Victims and the Justice System (3)

CJUS 4360   Mediation and Conferencing (3)

CJUS 4361   Mediation and Conferencing Lab (1)

CJUS 4380   International Peace Initiatives (3)

CJUS 4520   Substance Abuse in the CJUS System (3)

CJUS 4750   Justice Systems Planning (3)

SOCW 3300  Diversity and Social Justice (3)

IV.  Elective Credits (22-27 Hours)

In addition to the core and selective credits required, students must take an additional 22-27 hours of elective credits in criminal justice or related courses.

Students in this major are encouraged to complete a minor in addictions studies, business administration, gender studies, public administration, psychology or another field that complements their degree and career objectives.

VI.  Total - 120 Hours

Graduation Requirements

Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

Advisor Information

Michelle Sebasco
Academic Advisor