The College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A. in Criminal Justice that is developed from the social and behavioral sciences. The study of criminal justice combines the traditional aspects of the criminal justice system, such as law enforcement, courts and the judiciary, corrections, and juvenile justice with an understanding of social deviance as a whole. It also recognizes the interdependence of historical social traditions, values, politics, economic, and legal structures that impact policy questions in a democratic society.
The Bachelor in Arts of Criminal Justice at Governors State University will prepare students with the professional education, analytical background, and communication skills currently demanded in law and justice-related positions in policing, community and institutional corrections, juvenile facilities, social service and community outreach, conflict mediation, and non-profit enterprises among others. This is accomplished through a curriculum specifically developed for students wishing to cultivate a broad perspective which includes the examination of the intersection of the traditional criminal justice model with social, restorative, and community-based models of justice.
The requirements of this degree include completing courses covering 1) Traditional criminological and restorative theoretical perspectives important to understanding crime, deviance, and the shaping of public policy; 2) Social justice approaches to crime prevention and community-based problems; 3) Ethics, diversity, professionalism; and 4) Research design and inquiry to strengthen analytical skills.