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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.

Faculty Spotlight:
Peter St. Jean

Peter St. Jean is the Director of the Criminal Justice program for the School of Professional Studies. A member of the American Sociological Association, Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, American Society of Criminology, and Division on People of Color and Crime, Dr. St. Jean is also the faculty founder of North Park’s student Criminal Justice Club.

Interesting Classes

Explore the key criminal justice topics, including:

  • Juvenile Justice System
  • Restorative Justice
  • Law Enforcement Administration
  • Criminal Justice Practicum
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure

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.

More About Jessica

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.

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.