Roosevelt's Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice prepare students for leadership roles within the criminal justice field. Our courses explore the tensions and challenges in the criminal justice system from a social justice perspective, seeking to improve our current system for the benefit of all. Graduates can expect to pursue successful careers in policing, courts, corrections, security and more.
The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice prepares students to become criminal justice professionals.
Courses in the Criminal Justice major cover contemporary issues facing decision-makers in the American criminal justice system. Students learn how a society maintains social control while protecting individual rights, and how the Constitution applies to everyday life. Students discuss what causes criminal behavior and what makes effective crime policy. They learn how justice systems deter, control and punish crime, and they understand the role of police, prosecutors, courts, defense attorneys, juries and prisons in criminal justice outcomes.
Ours is the only criminal justice program in Chicagoland devoted to social justice. We offer transformative learning classes in which students work collaboratively with community organizations to achieve a common social justice goal. Students may mentor at-risk youth, design meaningful social activities and assist organizations in developing programs.
Roosevelt offers a dynamic study abroad program allowing students to spend one week abroad studying the justice system in another country.
The criminal justice minor consists of 18 hours of classes. In addition to Introduction to Criminal Justice, the student must complete three 200-level courses and three 300-level courses. Many psychology majors find the criminal justice minor to be an excellent academic strategy.
Graduates can expect to pursue careers in policing, homeland security, courts, corrections, juvenile justice, child and victim advocacy, security, and associated support agencies.
Roosevelt also provides a foundation for law school and continuing lifelong professional development as a policy-maker, and prepares you for advanced education in graduate school.
Criminal Justice Society
Over the last four years I have had the privilege to be a part of Roosevelt’s Criminal Justice department and feel that my education has prepared me to meet the rigorous demands of graduate school. I have been accepted into Seattle University’s Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program and I look forward to what lies ahead of me after graduation.