Criminal Justice

The Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice bridges crime and punishment, and the social sciences through an interdisciplinary, liberal arts-rooted program that incorporates theory, practice, and values. We understand the role of a complete and contextual understanding of social life in the dispensation of justice, and our curriculum connects social theory, qualitative and quantitative research and analytical methods, and understanding of contemporary, cutting-edge issues within the justice system. Our attention to the Franciscan values brings an understanding of the importance of servant leadership and community.

Criminal Justice at Stritch provides students with a well-rounded education that positions students competitively for career paths including law enforcement, corrections & community corrections, probation & parole, court agencies, Homeland Security, non-profit agencies, offender re-integration services, and graduate-level work in criminology and criminal justice.


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Program Details

●  Credits: 120
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A Real-World Education for Your Career

You will need rigorous practical and theoretical training to be successful at developing a career in the field of criminal justice. Unlike other programs that are only rooted in business, pre-law, or police training, the program at Stritch is comprised of four components: the Sociology Core, the Criminal Justice Core, Criminal Justice electives, and the methods/internship component. 

This will help you explore career fields, develop real skills, gain actual work experience and expand your professional network. When you graduate and begin your career, you will be up-to-speed with the latest developments and changes in the industry.


Explore the Program at Any Time

All undergraduate students at Stritch take a series of general education courses rooted in the liberal arts tradition and our Franciscan heritage. We call this our CORE Curriculum and its purpose is to help you find what you love about the subjects you study. As a Stritch student, you can choose to try out this field by taking the foundational Criminal Justice Core class, “Introduction to Criminal Justice” to see if this field is something you want to pursue.

Criminal Justice Major: 45 credits

A minimum of a C- grade is required in courses for the major
Sociology core required courses: SC 101 and SC 304
Criminal Justice core required courses: CJ 101, 230, 250, 260, 315
Must choose four electives from the following courses: SC 201, 203, 240, 300, CJ 270, 275, 280, 345
Methods and Statistical Analysis required courses: MT 120 (minimum grade of “C”), SC 380/CJ 380, SC 401/CJ 401
Required fieldwork or internship course (3 cr): SC 403 or CJ 403

Criminal Justice Minor: 18 credits

A minimum of a C- grade is required in courses for the minor.
Required courses: SC 101 and CJ 101
Must choose one of the following courses: CJ 250, Corrections, Introduction to Law Enforcement
Must choose three of the following courses: SC 201, 203, 240, 300, 315, CJ 270, 275, 280, 345 

NOTE: Auxiliary courses are required courses which do not have the major department designation and are therefore not reflected in the number of department credits required for the major or minor. Auxiliary courses may be used for other degree requirements, such as for general education (core) or elective requirements.

PLO 1 Understand foundational theory and concepts underlying criminal justice systems.
PLO 2 Recognize the rights and responsibilities of criminal justice professionals.
PLO 3 Analyze and evaluate the role of individuals and institutions in the criminal justice system.
PLO 4 Analyze data and draw conclusions, defending evidence-based practices within the field.

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A total of 120 semester credits are required for graduation, with at least 30 major course credits taken at Cardinal Stritch University. A maximum of 90 credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution and applied to fulfill major course requirements.

In the admission process you will need to provide transcripts from each college or university you attended. We will review the courses you already took to find out what will transfer to Stritch. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition or view a list of institutions we partnered with to establish articulation agreements.

Freshman Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official high school transcripts delivered directly to the Office of Admissions from your school. We will also review GED scores of 250 or above.

•  Send ACT or SAT Scores
Provide an official score report from the ACT or SAT. High school graduates out of school for over one year do not need to submit scores.


Transfer Student Applicant Admission Requirements

•  Complete the Admissions Application 
Submit the admissions application which is free to complete online.

•  Request Transcripts
Have official transcripts from each college or university delivered directly to the Office of Admissions

Information for International Students

If your prior education was not conducted in English, you must demonstrate proficiency with acceptable scores from the TOEFL, IELTS, or an ESL program. Review the  language and academic requirements to know if you are prepared for studying at Stritch. Review the We can also help you obtain an F-1 student visa.


Funding Your Education

The undergraduate degree programs are competitively priced to make your education affordable. Our counselors in the Financial Aid Office know how to help students identify all options available for funding their education. Learn more about our tuition and the financial aid process.

Alumni Network

More than 38,000 Stritch alumni are recognized worldwide for their leadership roles in businesses, health care organizations, corporations, educational institutions, entrepreneurial ventures and non-profit organizations. Responsive to the needs of their communities, Stritch graduates are critical thinkers, ethical decision-makers and lifelong learners.

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