With a degree in Criminal Justice, you will enjoy versatile career options in fields such as law enforcement and investigation, community and institutional corrections, and law and advocacy. While the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports an anticipated national growth of 7% for police officers, 6% for law-related careers, and 3% for correctional specialists, the shortage of criminal justice professionals in Illinois may result in higher demand.

 Governors State University’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice examines crime and its effects on society from a wide lens of social systems, values, politics, economics, and legal structures, providing graduates with a strong theoretical foundation and practical skills demanded of criminal justice professionals.

 Sources: :"Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and Chicago Tribune


Real World Preparation
A socially-just society depends on a fair criminal justice system that both defends its citizens and protects their rights. 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. Internships and a senior seminar put you in the field and sharpen the communications skills you need for a career in criminal justice.

 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 coursework 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.

Restorative Justice Concentration

Criminal Justice majors have the option to choose a concentration in Restorative Justice, a practice that focuses on the rehabilitation and re-entry of formerly incarcerated citizens and youth. Restorative Justice provides resolution to those involved in and affected by criminal behavior and can be a transformative practice at the community level. The course progression will take students from a foundational understanding to applied practices in the field.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Triton College
The program offers classes at the Triton College University Center, 2000 5th Ave, River Grove, IL.

Please see the Triton College Recruiting Schedule for information sessions and table visits at Triton College.

Program Fact Sheet

Admission, Degree ad Graduation Requirements

Degree Requirements

Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements

For a listing of recommended coursework, please see the GSU transfer guides.

Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.

Advisor Information

Daniel Cortese
Program Coordinator for Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice

Chastinee Nelson
Academic Advisor