Criminal and Social Justice Curriculum

Major Requirements
(42 core semester hours)
CSJU 101 Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
CSJU 220 Criminal Law 3
CSJU 221 Law Enforcement & Society 3
CSJU 225 Introduction to Corrections 3
CSJU 230 Juvenile Justice System 3
CSJU 240 Criminology 3
CSJU 310 Social Justice Issues 3
CSJU 333 Criminal & Social Justice Research Methods 3
CSJU 370 Criminal Justice and Diversity Issues 3
CSJU 410 White Collar Crime 3
CSJU 494 Topics: 3
CSJU 430 Comparative Justice Systems 3
CSJU 497 Internship 6-12
POLI 346 Constitutional Law II: Bill of Rights 3

Specified General Education Requirements (12 semester hours):
MATH 105 Introduction to Statistics 3
PHIL 320 Contemporary Issues in Ethics 3
POLI 221 State and Local Politics 3
PSYC 111 General Psychology 3

CONCENTRATION (9 semester hours)
(Select a concentration from the following)

Students must choose from one of six concentrations including: Forensics, Language & Cultural Diversity, Politics and Law, Leadership (for current law enforcement officers), Psychology, Social Work, and eventually Homeland Security. Each concentration requires a minimum of three (3) courses from a single concentration. At least one course must be at the 300-400 level. Writing skills, ethics and integrity, service, and social justice will be emphasized to prepare students for a profession where these traits and skills are in high demand.

BIOL 114 Human Biology/Lab 4
CHEM 120 Foundations of Chemistry/Lab 5
CHEM 495 Directed Study: Forensics 2
PSYC 260 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3

Languages and Cultural Diversity
FORL 200/300 Intermediate or Advanced language course (minimum 6 hrs.)
FORL 294/494 Cultural Diversity Topics (requires advisor approval) 3
CSJU 497 Internship 3*
*must be in a “diverse” setting (“diverse” setting is defined as one that exposes the student to a culture different from his/her own.)

Leadership (open to practicing Law Enforcement officers only) **
ORGL 331 Leadership Principles 3
ORGL 332 Interpersonal Communications in the Workplace 3
ORGL 333 Team Building and Development 3
ORGL 335 Strategies for Change 3
ORGL 336 Ethics in the Workplace 3
ORGL 337 Human Resource Issues for Leaders 3
ORGL 338 Contemporary Issues in Leadership 3
**All courses are offered online

Politics and Law:
CSJU 320 Terrorism 3
CSJU 410 White Collar Crime 3
CSJU 494 Topics: 3
POLI 210 Introduction to Law 3
POLI 350 Legal process/Mock Trial 3
POLI 375 American Public Policy 3

PSYC 240 Life-Span Development 3
PSYC 250 Abnormal Psychology 3
PSYC 260 Introduction to Forensic Psychology 3
PSYC 302 Psychology of Terrorism 3
PSYC 342 Adolescent Behavior 3
PSYC 350 Personality 3

Social Work:
SWRK 315 Social Policy II 3
SWRK 321 The Legal System and the Helping Profession 3
SWRK 363 Social Work Practice I 3
SWRK 364 Social Work Practice II 3
SWRK 424 Social Work in a Pluralistic Society 3


An associate degree in criminal justice, law enforcement or related field will transfer to the University of St. Francis as completing the first half of the bachelor’s degree. Most courses at the 100 or 200 level, including criminal justice and law enforcement courses, will transfer from a community college with grades of “C” or higher. USF has articulation agreements with many Illinois colleges. Contact the Transfer Center, counselor or advisor at your community college, speak with an USF admission counselor or visit the USF website for more information on course transferability.


The Internship is an opportunity for a senior to gain further experience by working with professionals in a criminal justice, corrections, probation or law enforcement setting. It allows students to explore areas of possible employment while gaining valuable experiences.