Criminal Justice

Department Chairperson: Emmett Bradbury

Faculty: Marc Cooper, George Knox, Marian Perkins, Mohammad Salahuddin, Douglas Thomson, Renee Williams

The Department of Criminal Justice offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. The program provides students with a broad foundation in the social sciences while emphasizing restorative justice, social and economic justice, fairness, community involvement, and public safety. Students are encouraged to think critically about fundamental issues regarding crime and justice as they learn about all aspects of the delivery of criminal justice services. Course work allows an emphasis in policing, law, corrections, or juvenile justice. Students who have a 3.25 GPA in the major, a 3.00 GPA overall, and have junior status are eligible for the department’s Honors Program. The program culminates with students completing an internship or service practicum in criminal justice. Students who have six months or more work experience in the criminal justice field may elect to write a bachelor’s paper on some topic in criminal justice. Upon graduation, students are especially prepared for careers across the range of criminal justice including corrections officer, juvenile probation officer, law enforcement officer, and more. Graduates are well prepared for law school as well as to continue their study of criminal justice in graduate school programs leading to the master’s degree or Ph.D. The department assesses the effectiveness of its program annually, and produces a report that can be found in the department office and on the CSU website.

General Requirements

A 2.0 GPA achieved after earning at least 45 hours of college credit is required for admission to the program. A 2.5 GPA must be achieved for courses required by the program (core courses, cognates, and criminal justice electives) taken at Chicago State University. Achievement of a C or better is also required in those courses. Completion of 120 semester hours of work:

6 hours in 1000-level English composition, 36 hours in general education (refer to the liberal arts curriculum outline) including 6 hours of a foreign language and 3 hours of mathematics, consisting of 9 hours in humanities; 6 hours in biological sciences, 9 hours in physical and life sciences, and 9 hours in social sciences 39 hours in criminal justice; 9 hours of required cognates in 2000-level English writing and 3 hours required cognate course in speech (to be applied to the humanities requirement, above); 30 hours of electives selected with the departmental advisor’s approval; and passing the examination on the state and federal constitutions. At least 21 credit hours of criminal justice courses must be taken at Chicago State University , with only a maximum of nine (9) extension and on-line hours (combined) counted toward the major.

Specific Requirements

Core courses (12 credit hours)

CJ 1200/200, 2309/309, 2316/316, 4350/350, 4390/390 or 4391/ 391 or 4392/392.

Required Cognates (12 credit hours)

ENG 1360/136, 2100/210, and 2790/279 or 2800/280; CMAT 2030/203

Criminal Justice Electives (24 credit hours)

24 credit hours including at least one course, taken at Chicago State University or as upper-level transfer courses from another four-year college or university, or other courses with consent of the department), from each of the following categories, with no double counting permitted:

Police: CJ 4325/325, 4326/326, 4334/334, 4335/335, 4363/363

Law: CJ 4318, 4343/343, 4344/344, 4345/345, 4361/361

Corrections: CJ 4318/318, 4321/321, 4336/336, 4352, 4351/351, 4353/353, 4354/354, 4356/356

Juvenile: CJ 4323/323, 4324/324, 4352/352, 4357/357

Culminating Course Options

CJ 4390/390 (Practicum/Internship in criminal justice field, or CJ 4391/391 (bachelor paper) or CJ 4392/392 (Service Learning Practicum in Criminal Justice. 

Courses in the minor must be completed with a grade of C or better, and an overall grade point average of 2.5 or higher in these courses must be achieved.

Honors Program in Criminal Justice

Admission requirements-Students accepted into the Honors Program in Criminal Justice must meet the following criteria:

  • Have a GPA of 3.25 or higher in the major after having completed at least 12 credit hours in the major;
  • Have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher;
  • Have an academic classification of Junior/ Second semester sophomores may apply for admission;
  • Identify a faculty member who will serve as a program mentor. Program mentors shall assess their students’ progress at the end of each semester, their students’ independent study projects, and their students’ practicum/internship or bachelor papers;
  • Complete an application for admission which must be signed by the student’s faculty mentor and approved by the department chair.

Program Requirements-Students must meet the following requirements to complete the Honors Program in Criminal Justice:

  • Complete two classes designated honors at the 3000-4000 level (6 credit hours);
  • Complete a two-semester honors project under the guidance of a faculty mentor (6 credit hours);
  • Earn a B or above in every course completed with the honors designation;
  • Maintain a GPA of 3.25 or higher in the major.

Honors Program Courses-All honors courses will be designated with an H as its section and will require a level of intellectual engagement over and above that of regular courses. Honors sections will require additional reading and one or more additional projects.

  • CJ 4302-Independent Study in Criminal Justice;
  • CJ 4303-Problems in Social Justice;
  • CJ 4329-Research Apprenticeship;
  • CJ Criminology Theory.

Honors Project-Students must meet the following criteria to complete their honors projects:

  • Develop a project under the guidance of a faculty mentor that contributes to the body of knowledge in criminal justice. Appropriate types of projects include publishable reviews of the scholarship in criminal justice and projects requiring empirical research. The project shall cover two semesters and will be completed through either CJ 3302 (Independent Study in Criminal Justice) and CJ 4390 (Practicum/Internship in Criminal Justice) or CJ 3302 (Independent Study in Criminal Justice) and CJ 4391 (Bachelor Paper) or CJ 3302 (Independent Study in Criminal Justice) and CJ 4392 (Service);
  • Defend the honors project before a committee consisting of the faculty mentor as primary reader and chair, plus one to tow secondary readers from the criminal justice faculty;
  • Submit a manuscript to the department that describes the project and follows ASA style.

Minor in Criminal Justice (18 credit hours)

The requirements for minors must be completed prior to graduation in order for the minor to appear on the transcript. For more information about minors, see the chairperson of the department.

Required Courses (12 credit hours)

CJ 1200/200, 2309/309, 2316/316, and one course from the law category (CJ 4318, 4340, 4343/343, 4344/344, 4345/345, 4361/361).

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Select one course each from two of these three categories:

Police : CJ 4325/325, 4326/326, 4334/334, 4335/335, 4363/363;

Corrections: CJ 4318/318, 4321/321, 4336/336, 4351/351, 4353/353, 4354/354, 4356/356;

Juvenile : CJ 4323/323, 4324/324, 4352/352, 4357/357.

Criminal Justice (CJ) Course Offerings

1099 FRESHMAN SEMINAR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (1)

This course introduces students to the university, university life, and promotes effective study skills and the effective use of university resources.

1110/110 INTRODUCTION TO GANG AWARENESS (1)

Introductory course in gang awareness to increase student familiarity.

1130/130 INTRODUCTION TO FORENSIC SCIENCE (3)

Overview and exploration of criminalistics and forensic science practice with reference to criminal justice issues

1150/150 PSYCHOLOGY OF URBAN YOUTH (3)

Techniques for relating to urban youth groups. Inservice training for outreach personnel.

1180/180 BIAS/HATE CRIMES AND EXTREMEST GROUPS (3)

An introductory level course; explores the dynamics of hate or bias crimes and the extremist groups and organizations often responsible for these offenses. Examines historical and contemporary aspects of bias crimes and their etiology, as well as the growing body of empirical data and scholarly work on enduring problems such as white racism in relationship to hate groups and extremist organizations.

1190/190 CRITICAL THINKING ABOUT LAW AND JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: None

Critical examination of issues related to law and justice. Focuses on development of skills in interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating law and justice issues.

1200/200 INTRODUCTION TO LAW (3)

The origin, philosophy, and goals of law and the legal system, and basic concepts of law as it relates to the criminal justice system.

1210/210 INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS (3)

Present treatment techniques, goals, practices, problems, and programs. IAI: CRJ 910

1212/212 INTRODUCTION TO POLICING (3)

Survey of policing, including historical development, structure and function, goals and objectives of law enforcement agencies, and current issues.

1220/220 INTRODUCTION TO PRIVATE SECURITY (3)

An overview of the growth and development of the private security industry in the context of the criminal justice system.

1800 FORENSIC CHEMISTRY (3)

Application of physical science to analyzing evidence in criminal investigations. Topics covered in this interdisciplinary lecture/laboratory course include organic and inorganic analysis of samples, forensic toxicology, forensic blood analysis, modern chemical instrumentation. Emphasis placed on understanding the science behind the techniques used in evaluating evidence. Additional course fee.

2245/245 INTRODUCTION TO RESTORATIVE JUSTICE (3)

Philosophy and practice of restorative justice, and its relationship to criminal justice

2309/309 SURVEY OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200; Sophomore standing (30 hours).

Overview of the American system of criminal justice, crime prevention, police and law enforcement, legislation, courts, corrections.

2316/316 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309, and second semester sophomore standing (45 hours).

Theories of social deviance, crime and criminality. (Writing emphasis course.) IAI: CRJ 916

3302/302 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 &2316/316; JR; ENG 1280/129 or EQE.

Independent examination and analysis (supervised by a faculty member) of a criminological issue.

4218/318 CORRECTIONAL LAW AND PRISONER RIGHTS (3)

Prerequisites : Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 &2316/316; JR; ENG 1280/129 or EQE.

Constitutional rights of prisoners and ex-offenders, and review of recent court decisions.

4302/302 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 and 2316/316; English 1280/128; junior standing (60 hours); consent of the instructor.

Independent examination and analysis (supervised by a faculty member) of a criminological issue.

4303/303 PROBLEMS IN SOCIAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department; junior standing (60 hours).

Investigation and report on an individually selected social justice problem.

4306/306 COUNSELING IN SOCIAL JUSTICE AREAS (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 &2316/316; JR; ENG 1280/129 or EQE.

Specific techniques for individual and group processes and therapy with delinquents and criminals.

4320/320 WOMEN IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisite : Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department. Survey of women in criminal justice: professional role; female offenders, victims, volunteers and institutions.

4321/321 THE CORRECTIONAL ORGANIZATION (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Theory, concept, and development of correctional organizations; classical and current perspectives.

4322/322 ORGANIZED CRIME (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Overview of organized criminal activities in the United States, including distinguishing characteristics, history, types of activities, modes of operation, and societal responses.

4323/323 YOUTH GANGS AND VIOLENCE (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 &2316/316; JR; ENG 1280/129 or EQE.

Analysis of youth gangs with emphasis on delinquent activity. Traces the historical development of gangs, the nature of gangs, characteristics of members, and theories of gang delinquency.

4324/324 YOUTH GANG INTERVENTION (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 &2316/316; JR; ENG 1280/129 or EQE. Theory, practice and evaluation of various approaches to youth gang intervention.

4325/325 POLICE OPERATION (3)

Prerequisites: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309 &2316/316; JR; ENG 1280/129 or EQE.

Analysis of the basics behind effective police operations including the context in which services are provided and the skills required to provide these services. Approaches to patrol, traffic, crime, violence, juveniles, and gangs are examined within the operational context.

4326/326 POLICE COMMUNITY RELATIONS. (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Analysis of the relationship between the police and the community in terms of mutual understanding, involvement, and commitment. Police responsiveness and accountability to the community in terms of the control of crime and disorder is also considered. 

4329/329 RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/200, 2309/309, 2316/316, and 4350/350; English 1280/128, junior standing (60 hours); consent of the instructor.

Supervised experience assisting in an ongoing research project.

4331/331 DRUG ABUSE AND THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Examination of the legal and social issues involved in the drug problem, including the problems faced by the criminal justice administration in dealing with the drug offender.

4332/332 VICTIMOLOGY (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Incidence and patterns in victimology and the role of the victim in the criminal justice process.

4334/334 COMPARATIVE POLICE SYSTEMS (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

The basic structure and functions of police systems in selected foreign countries.

4335/335 POLICE ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Organizational and management theory of police work.

4336/336 SOCIOLOGY OF CORRECTIONS (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

The culture that exists within correctional institutions; the relationship of the correctional system to American culture and society.

4337/337 CRIMINAL JUSTICE FROM AN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

History of criminal justice from ancient times to 20 th century.

4338/338 CRIMINOLOGY THEORY (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Reviews the history of criminological theory and existing paradigms for the explanation of crime.

4340/340 U.S CRIMINAL COURTS (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Examination of the state, federal, adult, juvenile criminal court in the U.S., their structure, process and function, their history and recent developments.

4343/343 CONSTITUTIONAL CRIMINAL PROCEDURE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department; junior standing (60 hours).

U.S. constitutional law governing what the police and courts can and cannot do in the investigation of crime and the arrest and prosecution of criminals. The development of this body of law through US Supreme Court decisions interpreting and applying the Bill of Rights. Particularly recommended for law enforcement and Pre-law students.

4344/344 TRIAL PRACTICE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department; completion of SPCH 203 or consent of the instructor.

Basic trial skills and techniques, including motion practice, opening and closing statements, direct and cross examination, impeachment, admissible evidence, and objections.

4345/345 LAW, JUDICIAL PROCESS, AND SOCIETY (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department; junior standing (60 hours).

The nature of law and its relationships to society; legal reasoning and the judicial creation of law and policy; law school, lawyers and the legal profession; political influences on the judicial process. Particularly recommended for prelaw students, preferably in their junior year.

4350/350 RESEARCH DESIGN IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department; junior standing (60 hours).

Sources of knowledge, developing research problem statements, methods for gathering data, and introduction to types of analysis.

4351/351 PROBATION AND PAROLE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

History of probation and parole, casework techniques, caseload handling, supervisory functions, and counseling techniques for field service workers.

4352/352 JUVENILE INSTITUTIONS (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department: completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 2357/357 or consent of the instructor.

Development of treatment concepts, treatment modalities, program planning, and service delivery systems in juvenile corrections.

4353/353 ADULT INSTITUTIONS (3)

Prerequisite Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Development of treatment concepts, treatment modalities, program planning, and service delivery in adult corrections.

4354/354 COMMUNITY BASED CORRECTIONS (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

History, philosophy and treatment modalities in community corrections, halfway houses, pre-release and work release programs, and urban minimum security programs.

4355/355 CRIME CONTROL AND PREVENTION (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Basic principles of crime prevention and control policies in the U.S.

4356/356 LOCAL DETENTION FACILITIES (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

An overview of American local detention facilities, e.g., city, county, and regional jails, work farms, and camps. History of jails, jail administration, uses of jails, work farms and, detention camps.

4357/357 JUVENILE DELINQUENCY AND JUVENILE JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Overview of the juvenile justice system; theories of delinquency; causes of delinquency; juvenile law; juvenile court operation and administration; delinquency prevention programs. IAI: CRJ 914

4359/359 FAMILY CRISIS INTERVENTION IN SOCIAL JUSTICE AREAS (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 200, 309 and 316, English 128, or consent of the department.

Training in use of family strengths to promote client’s behavioral change, increased sense of worth, and relationship and communications skills.

4361/361 ELEMENTS OF SUBSTANTIVE CRIMINAL LAW (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Study of the basic elements of substantive criminal law; philosophy of criminal law.

4362/362 COMMUNITY’S ROLE IN CRIME PREVENTION (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

An examination of roles the community plays in the prevention, deterrence, and control of crime, with a focus on private sector involvement.

4363/363 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the instructor.

Review of general knowledge and skill development from the social sciences focusing on investigation in criminal justice settings and legal and ethical considerations.

4368/368 TERRORISM (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Survey of literature on terrorism in America and abroad. Overview of theory, research, and action to confront terrorism.

4370/370 SECURITY ADMINISTRATION (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Introduction to the principles of administration and management of private security in the public sector. A study of security systems, their application, and the legal framework of their operation.

4378/378 COMPARATIVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

An analysis of the criminal justice systems of Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Consideration of basic philosophies of law and justice, arrangements for crime prevention, and law enforcement, dispute settlement structures, and methods of dealing with convicted offenders.

4380/380 RESEARCH ANALYSIS AND APPLICATION (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 4350/350 or consent of the instructor.

Analyzing, interpreting, and applying research evidence, especially archival and field materials and survey data.

4381/381 QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS (3)

Prerequisite: CJ 4350/350

Gathering and analyzing field and archival materials with attention to ethical concerns and policy applications

4389/389 SPECIAL TOPICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3)

Prerequisite: Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CJ 1200/ 200, 2309/309 and 2316/316, English 1280/128, or consent of the department.

Analysis of a contemporary criminological problem chosen by the instructor.

4390/390 PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE/ FIELD (3-6)

Prerequisite: Declared major; consent of the department; completion of 105 credit hours including CJ 1200/200, 2309/309, 2346/316, English 1280/128, 2280/228, 2790/279, and 2800/280; and required courses in mathematics and reading. Must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.5. 

Supervised experience in criminal justice setting. Students integrate theory, knowledge and practice in culminating experience of criminal justice program.

One hundred twenty-two clock hours for three credit hours. Six-hour option may be taken in one semester with the consent of the department. Writing emphasis course.

4391/391 BACHELOR PAPER (3)

Prerequisite: For declared majors who have worked a minimum of six months in a criminal justice agency. Consent of department. Completion of 105 credit hours, including CJ 1200/200, 2309/309, 2346/316, English 1280/128, 2280/228, 2790/279, and 2800/280; and required courses in mathematics and reading. Must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.5.

Writing intensive course culminating in a substantial paper. May be taken as an alternative to the practicum/internship. Writing emphasis course.

4392/392 SERVICE LEARNING IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-6)

Prerequisites: Declared major; consent of the department and instructor; completion of 105 credit hours including CJ 1200/200, 2309/309, 2316/316, English 1280/128, 2280/228, and 2790/279; and required courses in mathematics and reading. Must have an overall GPA of 2.0 and a major GPA of 2.5.

Supervised service learning/research class. With community partners, students participate in organized service activities that meet identified community justice-related needs. Integration of theory, knowledge, and civic action as culminating experience of criminal justice program. One hundred twelve (112) clock hours for three credit hours. Six-hour option may be taken in one semester with the consent of the department and instructor.