B.A. in Criminal Justice
National Louis University’s Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, with majors in Criminal Justice Administration or Forensic Social Justice, prepares students to work in fields addressing the effects of criminality on individuals, communities, and society. The degree equips graduates to serve in the law enforcement, courts, or corrections systems, or to work in related private industries.
For more than a century National Louis University has specialized in education and the social and behavioral science disciplines that underlay the practice of criminal justice. Our new criminal justice degree curriculum was developed in consultation with leaders in the law enforcement, security, and corrections fields so that graduates will be prepared to address the expectations of hiring managers today.
Directed by a former homicide detective who became an educator later in his career, NLU’s criminal justice degree program includes guest lectures, class trips and case studies that engage you with the newest developments in the field. Special topics will include terrorism response, homeland security, criminal investigation, transportation security and forensics. You will be guided to pursue special certifications and training to enhance your professional preparation.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, jobs appropriate to those with criminal justice degrees, such as police officers and detectives, are expected to grow nearly 10% between 2008 and 2018, while probation officer and correctional treatment specialist jobs are expected to grow 19% during the same time frame.
Criminal justice degree graduates can be found in a number of roles, including*:
*These careers may require fulfillment of additional federal, state, county or municipal requirements.
NLU offers online criminal justice degree options. A completely online course of study is available for students who major in Criminal Justice Administration, while students majoring in Forensic Social Justice may take a blended format of online and on-campus classes in the Chicago area.
The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree requires 180 quarter hours, including 60 quarter hours of general education, for completion. Working with an academic advisor, students will begin the program at a point that reflects their preparation and readiness. In addition to college courses, students may complete general education requirements through Credit by Portfolio, Credit by Examination or Credit by Proficiency.
Students entering the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree must select a major in either Criminal Justice Administration or Forensic Social Justice. The general education and core requirements are identical, but major course requirements vary for each.
NLU offers a Criminal Justice Minor through our Applied Behavioral Sciences program. The program studies the nature of humans, their conduct in society, and the institutions established to address antisocial behavior in the pursuit of the common good. This minor would be useful for those engaged in any professions like counseling, education, health care, law and law enforcement. Please see the Bachelor of Arts in Applied Behavior Sciences Program for details.
All applicants must meet NLU's general admission requirements as well as additional requirements specific to this program. Refer to the appropriate application checklist available online at nl.edu/applyonline.
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NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.
Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.
Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.
Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.
Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.
Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.
NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.