Program Highlights

A minor in Criminal Justice offers a broad and theoretical view of the criminal justice process, including sociological and political factors related to crime and criminal justice. Criminal Justice minors are strongly encouraged to take social science statistics as their quantitative reasoning requirement. Minors are required to complete an internship that bridges the theory into practice within the field.

Minor Requirements

A minimum of 21 credit hours is required, with at least 9 credits earned in courses numbered 300 or above.

The following core courses are required courses to receive the Criminal Justice Minor:

  • PO 235 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System (3)
  • PO 330 Constitutional Law or PO 334 Civil Liberties (3)
  • SO 361 Criminology (3)
  • PO 371/SO 470 Internship (3)

Options to fulfill your remaining electives include:

  • PH 211 Ethical Theory and Moral Issues (3)
  • SO 232 Deviance (3)
  • SO 311 Juvenile Delinquency (3)
  • PH 310 Political Philosophy (3)
  • PO 366 Appellate Legal Reasoning: Moot Court (3)
  • PO 305 Philosophy of Law (3)
  • PO 315 Supreme Court in American Politics (3)

Online Resources for Criminal Justice in Illinois

Macon County Juvenile Justice Council

The Macon County Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) was established in 2009 to address the issue of juvenile delinquency. We recognize that youth are our most valuable resource and we accept the developmental challenges they may pose as our community's personal responsibility. Some of the programs that have been created to help address these issues are Teen Court, Truancy Court, Redeploy Illinois: Community A.C.C.E.S.S., Second Chance Reentry, Safety Net Works, and Truancy Review Board.

Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority

The Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority is a state agency dedicated to improving the administration of criminal justice. The Authority brings together key leaders from the justice system and the public to identify critical issues facing the criminal justice system in Illinois, and to propose and evaluate policies, programs, and legislation that address those issues.

Illinois Department of Corrections

Home page for IDOC.

Illinois Association for Criminal Justice

The IACJ is dedicated to the efficient and effective application of justice resources through the utilization of proven practices in reducing recidivism and restoring individuals to a place of stability and productivity in their communities.

Midwestern Criminal Justice Association

The Midwestern Criminal Justice Association was founded in 1977 with the goal of fostering better communication and collaboration among criminal justice researchers, academics, and practitioners within the Midwestern United States and beyond. We are affiliated with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, our national organization. We convene an annual meeting every fall which showcases some of the important work being done across the region. We also sponsor the Journal of Crime and Justice as an outlet for high quality articles related to the field of criminal justice.

Adult Redeploy Illinois

Adult Redeploy Illinois was established by the Crime Reduction Act (Public Act 96-0761) to provide financial incentives to local jurisdictions for programs that allow diversion of non-violent offenders from state prisons by providing community-based services.

Macon County State’s Attorney Office

The State’s Attorney is the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for Macon County, and is the Chief Legal Adviser for the county.

Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice (IBARJ)

Illinois BARJ is made up of collaborations from around the state representing victim and offender advocates, the judiciary, prosecutor and defense attorneys, law enforcement, probation, corrections, schools, community and faith-based organizations.

Criminal Justice Programs

Find academic programs in criminal justice in Illinois.

University of Illinois-Springfield | Department of Criminal Justice

Home page for UIS Dept. of Criminal Justice.

Criminal Justice Jobs Board

This job board provides criminal justice job postings for each state and nationally to provide you with the latest employment opportunities at law enforcement agencies and the private sector.

Data & Statistics For Crime in Illinois

FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR)

Illinois Statistical Analysis Center