Chicago State University

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Department

Emmett Bradbury, Ph.D. Chairperson
Emmett Bradbury, Ph.D. Chairperson
The Criminal Justice, Philosophy and Political
Science Department

Undergraduate Program

The Department of Criminal Justice offers the Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. The undergraduate 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 in the undergraduate program must complete twelve credit hours of core courses including Introduction to Law, Survey of the Criminal Justice System, Introduction to Criminology, and Research Design in Criminal Justice. Students must complete twelve credit hours of required cognates including Essentials of English Grammar, Writing and Editing Nonfiction, Critical Strategies for Writing and Research or Business Writing, and Basic Speech Communication. Students must complete twenty-seven credit hours of electives through which one can focus on policing, law, corrections, or juvenile justice. The program culminates with an internship or a service learning 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.

Upon graduation students are especially prepared for entry level positions across the range of the criminal justice field. Graduates are also well prepared to continue their study of criminal justice in graduate programs leading to the master’s degree or Ph.D.

Graduate Program

The Department of Criminal Justice offers the Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice. The graduate program provides advanced examination of critical issues regarding crime and justice. It encourages students to develop and apply their knowledge and understanding of criminology and criminal justice to solve problems in the criminal justice system. A broad foundation in the social sciences is provided, with emphasis on sociology, psychology, and law.

Course work allows emphasis in policing, corrections, probation and parole, juvenile delinquency, and criminal justice research.

Students must complete thirty-three graduate criminal justice hours which must include the twenty-one credit hour core. At least eighteen hours must be at the 5800-level. Students must complete and pass a comprehensive examination. The program culminates in an internship practicum or a thesis.”