The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ) gives students the tools they need to become leaders in making our systems of social control more socially just. Across the globe, criminal justice systems are becoming more complex, and the need for thoughtful, serious leaders in the field is increasing. Roosevelt’s Criminal Justice program examines how to balance social control with individual rights. It compares the ideals of law with the realities of the streets and it studies the causes of criminal behavior and what makes effective crime policy. Students engage questions about how to control, deter, and punish crime, and they develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of police, prosecutors, courts, defense attorneys, juries, jails, and prisons in creating our modern criminal justice system.
The major is divided into three components: a lower division 15-hour core that serves as a basis for the fundamentals of criminal justice and is consistent with Illinois Articulation Initiative (AIA) guidelines; an upper division 18-hour core requirement; and a six-hour criminal justice elective component. The major includes a capstone course designed to identify and analyze “real-life” issues facing criminal justice agencies, as well as techniques for developing and proposing solutions to constituents.
Grade of C- or higher required in all major courses.