Why Study Criminal Justice?

Quick Facts

General Education Requirements
Foundation Courses: 15 hours
      Core Courses: 24 hours
Selectives: 18 hours
Electives: 26 hours
Total: 120 hours
Full Program Requirements

What makes Governors State University’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree unique is that it explores the causes of crime through an understanding of several theoretical approaches. The program explores how crime impacts multiple social groups within society – in particular, race, class, and gender.  

Reach your career goals.

With a degree in criminal justice, students will be qualified for employment in the fields of law enforcement and investigative services, community and institutional corrections, criminal court systems, advocacy, or in the private/non-profit field addressing crime prevention, research, or community engagement. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, criminal justice is a field with projected growth over the next decade. Between 2016 and 2026, policing and detective fields are projected to grow 7%, and the probation, court services, and correctional treatment field is anticipating a 6% growth rate.

Off-Campus Opportunities

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

Restorative Justice Concentration

GSU Criminal Justice majors have the option to choose a concentration in restorative justice, a relational model of justice which is founded on principles and practices that focus on addressing harm, inclusion and reintegration. This new and contemporary form of justice allows re-entry of formerly incarcerated citizens and youth back to society without causing further stigma and harm. Restorative justice addresses trauma and shame to those involved in and affected by transgressions, and can be a transformative model of justice at the community level.

Contact

Chastinee Nelson 

Academic Advisor
cnelson8@govst.edu
708.534.4573 ext. 4573
Room C3397

Dr. Daniel Cortese

Professor of Sociology and Program Coordinator
dcortese@govst.edu 
708-235-2804

Learn more at www.govst.edu/CriminalJusticeBA.

Full Program Requirements

Full Program Requirements

You can find the complete guide to graduation requirements for your degree in our catalog.

Program Faculty

Program Faculty

Our favorable faculty-student ratios ensure lots of individual attention from our dedicated faculty members.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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Cost and Financial Aid

Cost and Financial Aid

Our tuition estimator helps you calculate your cost of attendance. Our Financial Aid Office is dedicated to helping you find ways to fund your education.

Scholarships

Scholarships

At GSU, many scholarships are available and can make your education even more affordable!

All Academic Programs

All Academic Programs

We offer many options for undergraduate degrees and minors, and even several 5-year programs that lead to completion of a Masters degree as well!

Student Life

Student Life

Student Clubs and Organizations at Governors State University enrich your educational experience, allowing you to gain and hone skills applicable to the classroom and life beyond. Click here to explore additional student resources.

On-campus Residence

On-campus Residence

Prairie Place, our on-campus housing, provides many options to accommodate the needs of our diverse student population.

Campus Location

Campus Location

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