Department of Criminal Justice

Crime is one of today’s most pressing social problems—and one of the most interesting.

As a criminal justice major or minor at Elmhurst College, you’ll explore the nature and causes of crime. You’ll study the structures and processes by which society responds to criminal behavior—including law enforcement, the courts, corrections and criminal law.

At Elmhurst, you’ll work closely with faculty members who have deep experience in the field, both as scholars and as practitioners. But their primary passion is teaching. In small classes, you’ll get the one-on-one attention you need to reach your potential.

You’ll also find plenty of opportunities to conduct independent field work. You might help a local sheriff’s office find ways to improve community relations, or investigate child abuse reports with DCFS. Or you might design your own independent research project. Either way, you’ll build strong skills and an impressive resume.

Elmhurst’s criminal justice graduates are well prepared to succeed in graduate school or in careers in law, law enforcement or corrections, to name a few. With a degree from Elmhurst, you’ll be ready for a satisfying and fruitful career.

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