Criminal Justice Sciences
The Criminal Justice Sciences major provides students with a system orientation to the field of criminal justice. Study in Criminal Justice involves the application of the principles and the related behavioral and social issues in the field.
Students build knowledge in the areas of policing, courts, and corrections from a social science perspective. Students develop a knowledge base for an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the kinds of problems and circumstances that often result in criminality.
Students gain necessary skills in the area of interviewing, program development, community organization, planning and research so they can function in a professional position in the field of criminal justice.
Your degree will prepare you for entry-level positions in the justice system, as well as graduate or law school.
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?
Criminal Justice encompasses all areas of our justice system, beginning with the detection of a crime through the arrest, trial, sentencing and subsequent treatment and release of the offender. Criminal Justice as a field holds many varied career and interest options.
Many occupations today require a college-educated individual who has strong communication, problem-solving, critical thinking, leadership, and ethical decision-making skills. A major in Criminal Justice Sciences can provide you such a background.
Applying to Illinois State
Illinois State's preferred filing period for freshman students for the fall semester is September 1-November 15. Applying early is encouraged, as the University must limit enrollment due to space at the University and in specific majors/programs. Visit the Office of Admissions to apply today!