Criminal Justice
Why Study Criminal Justice?

Advance your career and increase your earning potential in a competitive field where most positions require a college degree. This major offers preparation in all facets of criminal justice, and is designed for professionals who desire leadership positions in law enforcement and related organizations. You’ll gain knowledge and practical skills in structure and process; understand causes, prevention, and control of crime; learn effective management techniques; and apply theory to real-life situations and work experience.

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Why North Park?

Grounded in an urban context, our criminal justice major helps you apply theory learned in the classroom to real-life situations in a variety of work settings. You’ll gain firsthand knowledge of the criminal justice field through connections with local organizations and faculty that bring extensive experience to the classroom. Your transition back to school will be smooth and successful with convenient schedule and location options that allow you to maintain your work and family commitments while earning your degree.

Find out more about completing your degree at North Park.

Credit for Life Experience

In the School of Professional Studies, you may earn academic credit for life experience through the Prior Learning Assessment process. Credit is earned if you are able to demonstrate learning, whether from informal life experience, law enforcement training, licensure, certification, or any other source.

Learn more about transferring and earning credit for life experience.

Careers in Criminal Justice

Graduates find jobs in law enforcement, correctional treatment facilities, and more. Many students also continue on to graduate programs in criminal justice, psychology, sociology, and public policy.

Learn more about North Park's Career Development Office.

Learning from the Pros

“The best part about majoring in criminal justice was interacting with the current and retired law enforcement personnel I had as my instructors,” says Jessica Michelini C’12. She believes that their firsthand experience helped her see what her career could hold, and was much more meaningful for learning and discussion than simply reading the information from a textbook.

Read more about Jessica's experience.

Criminal Justice Alumnus Jessica Michelini 
Meet the Faculty

Pam Ransom oversees the criminal justice and nonprofit management majors. She has more than 30 years of experience with nonprofit organizations, government, and juvenile justice, and has served as president of a national consulting firm promoting technology access for people with disabilities.

Learn more about Pam.

Pam Ransom 
Location Options

A degree in criminal justice can be earned through classes offered at the Chicago and Grayslake campuses or a combination of online and in-person classes.

Program Flexibility

Flexibility is built right into the School of Professional Studies. New classes start every two months, with seven-week accelerated courses that meet just once a week at one of our two campus locations–evenings or Saturdays–or online.

By taking at least six courses a year, most students finish their degree in 2.5 years or less, depending on transfer credit (students can transfer as many as 90 hours).

Explore the courses and requirements for the criminal justice major.