The Liberal Arts and Sciences curriculum with a Criminal Justice concentration offers a broad range of courses designed to provide foundational knowledge in areas such as English, mathematics, science, and history while providing specialized courses that explore topics ranging from children, juveniles and adults in the criminal justice system to past and present criminal law procedures.

This degree will prepare you for employment in various areas of law enforcement, corrections or private security, as well as being an excellent foundation toward pursing a baccalaureate degree.

The general education core for this degree complies with guidelines of the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI).


General Education Requirements 48
ENG 160 Composition I (4)
ENG 162 Composition II (4)
ENG 165 Speech (4)
MAT 200 Finite Mathematics OR MAT 225** Introductory Statistics (4)
BIO 102 Human Biology OR BIO 108 Anatomy and Physiology I (4)
CHM 115 Basic Chemistry OR

PHY 103 Earth Science

HUM 204 Music Appreciation OR HUM 205 History and Appreciation of Art (4)
PHI 220 Ethics OR any unduplicated Humanities or Fine Arts course (4)
SPA 222 The Hispanic-American Experience through Literature (4)
HIS 105 Survey of U.S. History from 1865 to Present OR HIS 104 Survey of U.S. History to 1865 OR PSC 103 American Government and Politics (4)
PSY 101 General Psychology (4)
PSY 210* Child Psychology OR SOC 101 ** Introduction to Sociology (4)
*Required for Early Childhood Education.
**Required for the Social Work degree and highly recommended for Addiction Studies.
Concentration Requirements Credit Hours
Concentration #9: Criminal Justice 12
CRJ 201 Criminal Justice in the United States (4)
CRJ 205 Corrections Systems and Services (4)
CRJ 211 Juvenile Justice OR CRJ 215 Procedures in Criminal Law (4)