Major in Criminal Justice/Sociology

Bill Staudenmeier
Professor ‐ Sociology
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William Lally
Assistant Professor ‐ Criminal Justice
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William Connor
Lecturer ‐ Criminal Justice
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Kelly McConkey
Lecturer ‐ Criminal Justice
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Looking to make the world safer and more secure for future generations? Majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology provides a liberal arts education to students who wish to pursue a vocation in public service or in some part of the criminal justice system or related organizations. Eureka’s program is designed for those who wish to become practitioners in the field or further their education through graduate studies.

Criminal law, law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, victim advocacy, juvenile delinquency prevention, criminal justice reform, forensic science, pathology, criminal justice administration, and counseling are a few of the many careers that may be pursued by graduates with this major.

Why study Criminal Justice at Eureka College

Eureka College has an expansive criminal justice internship program. Students are placed in roles from policing and probation to federal law enforcement, which allows students to become immersed in the area in which they will seek employment.

Recent internships include: Peoria County Adult and Juvenile probation, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, Woodford County probation, Woodford County Sheriff’s Office, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Peoria City Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Pekin Police Department, East Peoria Police Department, LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, and the US Marshal’s Office, among others.

Also, Eureka is the only school in the midwest to offer a 3-week course for criminal justice majors to attend the National Forensics Academy at the University of Tennessee. This course will transfer 9 hours of internship credit.

What to expect

Expect the unexpected. Students will work in teams and individually to problem solve in and out of the classroom. Experiential learning includes opportunities to apply knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems or situations. Students delve into case studies, analyze mock traffic accidents and staged death scenes, gain experience working in a crime lab, practice crime scene documentation and reconstruction, and participate in fingerprinting workshops and forensic laboratory exercises. Students will experience the world through the eyes of a criminal under voluntary house arrest for three days while wearing a GPS ankle bracelet.

The classroom experience

The Criminal Justice program at Eureka College is unique in that it combines both classroom as well as practical exercises to allow the student a comprehensive understanding of the material being presented. The course experiences will involve lecture, demonstration, and on-the-job experience.

State troopers, judges, police and probation officers, as well as detectives offer industry expert presentations, which adds to the context of the material being studied in the classroom.


Requirements For A Major In Criminal Justice/Sociology

40-41 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS205 Policing and Investigations 3
CJS210W Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 3
CJS215 Corrections 3
CJS315 Criminal Law 3
CJS320 Criminal Procedure 3
HED179 First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention 1
PSY101 General Psychology 3
SOC102 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC201 Criminology 3
SOC306 Minority Peoples in the U.S. 3
SOC311 Deviance and Social Control 3

One of the following:

PSC250 American Government, State and Local 3
PSC315 Constitutional Law 3
SOC250 Social Stratification 4

One of the following:

PSY314W Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY372 Counseling Psychology 3
SOC210 Alcohol, Alcoholism, and Society 3
TOTAL: 40-41

Recommended elective courses:

BIO130 General Biology 4
HED274 Drug Education 3
MAT265 Quantitative Methods I 3
PHI220 Moral Philosophy 3
PSY270 Statistics II 3
PSY380W Research Methods 4
SOC370 Sociological Theory 4
SPA115-301 Spanish through Conversation & Composition 15
Students are highly recommended to apply for an internship experience to be completed after the first semester of the junior year. Students will need an cumulative GPA of 2.50 to qualify for a criminal justice internship. Students planning on going on to graduate school or into criminal justice administration should take MAT265 and PSY380W. 

Requirements For A Minor In Criminal Justice/Sociology

21 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following:

CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS210W Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 3
CJS315 Criminal Law 3
CJS320 Criminal Procedure 3
SOC102 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC201 Criminology 3
SOC311 Deviance and Control 3
TOTAL: 21