Why Study Criminal Justice?
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.
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.
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Dr. Daniel Cortese
Professor of Sociology and Program Coordinator
Governors State University's partnership with Triton College offers transfer students a seamless transition into the final semesters of their undergraduate program. Learn more about our university partnership with the videos below: