National Louis Launches Criminal Justice Program

September 11, 2012

 

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.

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  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    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.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
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  • ELGIN

    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.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
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  • NORTH SHORE

    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.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
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  • LISLE

    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.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
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  • WHEELING

    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.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
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    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.

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard Suite 102
    Tampa, FL 33634
    (800) 366.6581
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    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.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
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