A more security conscious society, along with population growth, will contribute to an increasing demand for law enforcement services, with employment of police officers expected to grow 9 percent through 2018. Jobs for detectives and criminal investigators are expected to grow 17 percent. Source:"Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-2011," U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Real World Preparation
A well-ordered society depends on a fair criminal justice system that both defends its citizens and protects their rights. At Governors State University, criminal justice studies cover traditional aspects such as law enforcement, courts and the judiciary, corrections and juvenile justice. It also recognizes the interdependence of social traditions, values and legal structures that necessarily impact policy questions in a democratic society.
Real World Challenges
GSU's criminal justice program helps you to develop the knowledge, skills and qualifications that lead to careers in law enforcement, the legal profession, government and education. Through course work and practical, real-life experiences, you will become an analytical, influential and conceptual thinker prepared to positively address today's challenges for the greater good. The program provides solid foundations in restorative and community-based approaches to crime and social problems.
Choice of Concentrations
Concentrations are offered in law enforcement and security, corrections and punishment and community-based and restorative justice. GSU's highly-trained criminal justice faculty has extensive experience in criminal justice, law enforcement, research, corrections, social justice, juvenile justice and law. You will become familiar with the technology of law enforcement. Internships and a senior seminar put you in the field and sharpen the communications skills you need for a career in criminal justice.Off-Campus Opportunities
As part of the program's commitment to provide flexible, adult-centered education, undergraduate criminal justice classes will be offered starting in Spring 2016 through Harper College’s University Center. GSU CJUS classes will be held at the Harper Professional Center, 650 East Higgins Road, Room HPC121, Schaumburg, IL. Please see the Harper College University Center for additional details.
Please contact Nancy Kaczmarczyk, GSU External Programs Manager at 708.235.3983 for questions.
Program Fact Sheet
Applicants must meet the university admissions requirements. For a listing of recommended coursework, please see GSU transfer guides.
Students must meet the university requirements for a baccalaureate degree found in the GSU catalog. Please meet with your faculty or academic advisor after admission to complete your study plan.