Admission to this academic program is limited and is based on space availability and the competitiveness of the applicant pool. Factors that may be considered include, but are not limited to: courses completed, cumulative GPA, hours completed, personal interview or written statement, and samples of work completed. For additional information on minimum requirements for admission and the application and selection process, visit IllinoisState.edu/Majors or contact the undergraduate advisor for the intended major.
The Department of Criminal Justice Sciences reserves the right to maintain a balanced enrollment.
This may restrict the numbers of freshmen, transfer students, and continuing students who wish to be Criminal Justice Sciences majors.
Most Criminal Justice Sciences courses are restricted to Criminal Justice Sciences majors.
Criminal Justice Sciences majors must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.40 every semester. If, at any given time, a student’s GPA falls below a 2.40 that student may be removed from the major and reclassified as Undeclared. After a student is reclassified as Undeclared, all rights as a major are forfeited, including the right to be eligible to do the Criminal Justice Sciences internship.
Students who have been reclassified must meet regular admission requirements to be eligible for readmission to the major.
The Department offers honors study in Criminal Justice Sciences to highly qualified students who will pursue an individualized program of study. The Honors Program enables the student to focus on topics of the student’s own choosing in close consultation with a Criminal Justice Sciences Department faculty member.
Students must also fulfill the general education requirements for participation in the University’s Honors Program. Successful completion of the Honors Program will provide the designation of Honors in Criminal Justice Sciences upon graduation. The University will note the Honors designation on official transcripts and the diploma. Requirements include being in good standing with the Honors Program and are reviewed at the end of the final semester. These requirements include:
- 3.30 cumulative GPA
- 3.50 major GPA
- Fulfill Honors Program participation requirements: One (1) Honors Learning Experience per semester in the program, including the final semester. Please note: students are not required to complete an Honors Learning Experience when they are off-campus
- Complete three (3) Honors Learning Experiences in CJS courses, which may include: Honors Section, Honors Contracts for in-class honors, Honors Research, Honors Explorations (a maximum of 2)
- Complete an Honors Capstone Experience, which may include: Honors Independent Study (299), Honors Thesis (HON 395),
Students interested in participating in the Honors Program should inquire about admission in the Office of the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences or visit the Honors Program website.
Major in Criminal Justice Sciences
The purpose of the Criminal Justice Sciences program is to provide the student with a system orientation to the field of Criminal Justice. Study in Criminal Justice involves the application of the principles of Criminal Justice and the related behavioral and social sciences to problems and issues in the field of Criminal Justice. The program focuses on the building of 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. Finally, the program provides students with the opportunity to gain necessary skills in the area of interviewing, program development, community organization, planning and research to function in a professional position in the field of Criminal Justice.
Criminal Justice Sciences Sequence
Criminal Justice Sciences Accelerated Sequence
High achieving students with a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher may apply for admission to the accelerated sequence in the spring of their junior year. This sequence allows students to take up to 12 hours of approved graduate courses that will count for both the undergraduate and graduate program in criminal justice sciences. Students may then apply to the graduate program in the spring semester of their senior year. Enrollment in the Accelerated Sequence does not guarantee final admission into the criminal justice sciences graduate program. To graduate in the accelerated sequence, students must take two courses for graduate credit each semester during their senior year. Students must consult with their advisor prior to the start of each course to receive approval. All Graduate School admission deadlines and policies apply to courses for graduate credit. Students must consult with their advisor prior to the start of each course to receive approval.
Minor in Criminal Justice Sciences
21 total credit hours required
Take an additional 6 credit hours of CJS electives
Space in Criminal Justice Sciences courses is limited for non-majors. Please see the department website for specific criteria for admission and retention to the minor.