Criminal Justice Sciences
The criminal justice minor at Illinois State gives you a basic foundation in law enforcement, courts, and corrections.
Our program focuses on learning from a social science perspective. As a student, you'll get an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the circumstances that often lead to crime.
You'll also gain skills that are beneficial in criminal justice and other fields.
Point of Pride
Each year more than 170 students from the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences are placed into internships with federal, state, county, and local agencies, as well as departments around the world. CJS students are consistently chosen for a competitive Washington, D.C., internship program.
Why study Criminal Justice Sciences?
A criminal justice minor can be useful as a supplement to several majors. You'll get a basic understanding of the criminal justice field and gain skills that will be helpful in any future career, such as:
- program development
- community organizing
- planning and research
Criminal justice majors get priority registration and blocks are placed on courses for the first parts of fall and spring registration. This helps ensure majors make timely progress towards their degree.
Criminal justice courses for minors are often full during the fall and spring semesters. If you are interested in earning a criminal justice minor, we recommend taking courses in the summer or a community college.
Applications for the minor are considered after courses are completed. Contact Tracy Hanson once you are registered for the final CJS minor course(s).
Applications for the criminal justice minor are always accepted. Getting the courses you need may be challenging during the fall and spring semesters. Please email Tracy Hanson to apply for the minor when you are registered for the final minor course(s).