A degree in Criminal Justice exposes students to methodological, theoretical and practical issues, preparing you for myriad criminal-justice related occupations. Grounding students in these areas equips them to serve in careers in criminal justice, law, corrections, social services, public relations, government and other related fields.
Our qualified and devoted faculty whose educational, career and research backgrounds are directly related to the interests and needs of those pursuing an inter-disciplinary degree. Our courses will allow students to critically analyze how institutions that deal with issues of Criminal Justice impede and promote social justice.
General Course Overview
Most courses in the Criminal Justice program derive from sociology and political science. You will be required to take courses that set the foundation and build upon your theoretical background, research methodology, and practical application of law and justice issues.
To fulfill the remaining requirements, you can choose from many different electives that are areas of emphasis such as Sociology of Corrections, Law & Society or Procedural Criminal Law. Students specifically interested in designing a pre-law course of study should consult with their academic advisor.
You will also participate in an internship. The internship is a supervised criminal justice related work experience. Not only do students experience, first-hand, the possibilities and limitations of engaging in justice-focused fields, but internships often provide networking which could lead to future career opportunities. Former students have completed internships at local police departments, the state attorney’s office, juvenile detention centers and law firms.
Sociology and Criminal Justice Club
This student-led group provides the forum for students to meet fellow majors, discuss issues relating to Criminal Justice, plan future events and interact with faculty.
Annual Paper Writing Contest
The Criminal Justice program holds an annual paper writing contest. Aside from a monetary reward, students benefit from being formally announced at the annual Alpha Kappa Delta international sociology honor society event and are able to include this accolade on their resumes.
Global Justice Series
Every year, faculty schedule events of particular interest to Criminal Justice majors. Past speakers have included law enforcement professionals, probation officers, prison ministry staff, gang members, and academic researchers studying in areas such as prisons, the military and gangs. Events also include documentary screenings and discussions on pertinent films including those related to military operations, prison torture and human rights.
American Correctional Association (ACA)
In 2010, Concordia University Chicago welcomed our first ever chapter of the American Correctional Association. The ACA is the largest international organization interested in correction-related scholarship, networking, research and professional standards. This group receives information and field trip invitations to state and national prisons not available to regular classroom groups. Interested students can attend full-day, extended field trips and even participate in correctional officer, warden and counselor job shadowing.
Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD)
Concordia University Chicago is a chapter member of AKD, an international sociology honor society started in 1920. Its purpose is to connect faculty and students interested in the scientific study of society.