National Louis Launches Criminal Justice Program
National Louis University is pleased to announce it is launching a new Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program. This new program will prepare students to work in fields addressing the effects of criminality on individuals, communities, and society. Available to students beginning Fall 2012, this program adds to the university’s extensive list of degree offerings in the fields of education, human services, counseling, management and others concerned with human and community development.
“The curriculum of this program was developed in consultation with leaders in law enforcement, security and corrections, and based on best practices from other exceptional criminal justice programs,” said Richard Schak, National Louis Criminal Justice Program Director. “Students will get hands-on experiences at the FBI crime lab, Cook County Medical Examiner office and other municipal offices, along with guest lectures, to give them a realistic understanding of the field and the expectations of hiring managers today.”
National Louis will offer the program in two concentrations. The first is criminal justice administration, which will include community policing, probation, parole, etc. for current police officers who want to advance their careers at the supervisory level. The second concentration is forensic social service and focuses on crisis intervention, child abuse and theories of the personality. Special topics will include terrorism response, homeland security, criminal investigation, transportation security and forensics.
National Louis identified a strong student interest in a criminal justice program, with more than 300 students having pursued a criminal justice minor. Additionally, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that jobs related to criminal justice (police officers, detectives, etc.) are expected to grow nearly 10 percent by 2018 and specialist jobs (probation officer, correctional treatment, etc.) will see an anticipated 19 percent growth during the same time frame.
“For more than 125 years, National Louis has been committed to serving the community by preparing students to become change agents to impact social good,” said Dr. Nivine Megahed, National Louis president. “The university’s new program, with its focus on social service and criminal justice administration, exemplifies this ongoing commitment to serving the community.”
The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program equips graduates to give back to the community in the law enforcement, courts, or corrections systems, or to work in related private industries. The degree requires 180 quarter hours and, depending on prior college work and experience, may include general education coursework, courses in business support areas, elective coursework and coursework in the major. Instrumental in the curriculum design was Program Director Richard Schak who brings 43 years of experience in the criminal justice field, including 27 years as a homicide detective and director of field operations and other university criminal justice programs.