Criminal Justice/Sociology

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.

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.

Your 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.

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.

Here’s a sneak peek into our on campus Criminal Justice Crime Scene. The following content may not be appropriate for younger individuals.

However, we thank you for your interest in Eureka College’s Criminal Justice program. 

Dr. William Lally
(309) 467-6405
Burgess Hall – Room 202C
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL  61530

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

All of the following    
CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS205 Policing 3
CJS210W Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 3
CJS215 Corrections 3
CJS225 Criminal Investigation 3
CJS310 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
HED179 First Aid, CPR, and Injury Prevention 1
PSY101 General Psychology 3
SOC102 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC250 Social Stratification 3
SOC301 Criminology 3
SOC306 Minority Peoples in the U.S. 3
Two of the following, including at least one at the 300-level:    
CJS360 Evidence-Based Community Corrections 3
PSC250 American Government, State and Local 3
PSY314W Abnormal Psychology 3
PSY372 Counseling Psychology 3
SOC290 The Culture of Addiction 3
TOTAL:   40
Recommended elective courses:    
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 a 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.

Crime Scene Management Concentration (Optional)

CJS340 Crime Scene and Evidence Documentation 4
CJS350 Criminalistics: An Introduction to Forensics 4
BIO163 Human Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO264 Human Anatomy and Physiology II 4
ART245 Digital Photography Fundamentals 3
Total:   19

21 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

All of the following    
CJS101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJS210W Juvenile Delinquency and Justice 3
CJS225 Criminal Investigation 3
CJS310 Criminal Law and Procedure 3
SOC102 Principles of Sociology 3
SOC301 Criminology 3
SOC311 Deviance and Control 3
TOTAL:   21