Criminal Justice, Philosophy & Political Science (CJPPS) at Chicago State University

We’re excited you’re here! Whether a new or returning student, we applaud your commitment to further your education.


Major corporations, government and law enforcement agencies, community-based nonprofit organizations, schools, and hospitals all employ our graduates.  Join the many CSU Criminal Justice, Philosophy, and Political Science (CJPPS) graduates who have gone on to excel in their careers in a variety of fields as successful:

Law Enforcement & Corrections

  • Federal Agents & U.S. Marshals
  • Police Officers
  • Probation/Parole Officers
  • Corrections Officers

Law, Justice, & Social Services

  • Social Justice Advocates
  • Attorneys
  • Reentry Specialists
  • Restorative Justice Practitioners
  • Social Service Program Administrators and Managers


  • Loss Prevention Managers
  • TSA Agents
  • Security Company CEOs
  • Compliance Inspectors


  • Researchers & Teachers



CSU’s Department of Criminal Justice, Philosophy & Political Science (CJPPS) is also for students who excel as visionaries, strategic thinkers, leaders, and transformers.  

Your career success begins here!

  • Remarks by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield at Chicago State University


  • President's Cup Award: 2021-2022


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Graduates are also well prepared to continue their study of criminal justice in graduate programs leading to a Master’s degree or Doctorate.

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Degrees and Programs

CJPPS offers the following educational programs.

Degrees offered: 

  • Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science 
  • Criminal Justice, Master of Science degree  

Minors offered: 

  • Criminal Justice
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science


Student Opportunities

  • Internships and Career Development Opportunities
  • Law School 3+3 Accelerated Program
  • Pre-Law Society Student Organization
  • Pre Law Enforcement Student Association
  • Philosophy Club
  • NonTraditional Degree Option for Experienced Professionals



The CJPPS Department is committed to:

  • Providing a quality education for students
  • Ensuring students' educational experiences prepare them for a variety of careers
  • Developing students' leadership and service potential
  • Promoting Chicago State University as a place to obtain a quality higher education experience.

Our current diverse group of CJPPS faculty members are graduates of some of the nation’s top schools, bring local expertise and global experience, and have worked with the FBI, Chicago Police Department, FBI, Homeland Security, and the United Nations.

Over 90% of surveyed CJPPS Students reported:

  • Faculty who are Understanding of Students’ Unique Life Circumstances
  • Intellectual Growth
  • Excellent Quality of Instruction
  • Would Recommend the Program to Others*

* CJPPS student satisfaction survey conducted in the Spring 2020



Contact Us

Mr. Kevin Newell

CJPPS Undergraduate Academic Advisor

(773) 995-2108

Dr. Mohammad Salahuddin

CJ Graduate Advisor

(773) 995-2108