Writing skills, ethics and integrity, service and social justice are emphasized to prepare students for a profession where these traits and skills are in high demand. The program seeks to provide students with a broad liberal arts foundation challenged by Franciscan values, and engage them in the continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice. Students will explore and understand societal issues that lead to criminal behavior, and will learn theoretical and practical knowledge of the structures, processes, and functions of the criminal justice institutions and their relationship to other social systems.
- Language & Cultural Diversity
- Law & Politics
- Social Work
The University of St. Francis is accredited by both the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org) and the Illinois State Board of Education (ibhe.org).
USF has given me an unforgettable experience. Faculty members have allowed me to grow both intellectually and as a person. Each professor has supported me and my goals, and was more than willing to help me achieve anything I set my mind to. I was pushed and motivated to learn, grow, and become a better person. This incredible support system has surrounded me with an incredible group of colleagues, mentors, and friends.
What Can You Do With This Degree?
Employment projections for criminal justice occupations at the county, state and national levels are higher than average. Upon graduating, University of St. Francis Criminal & Social Justice majors can pursue a variety of career possibilities in law enforcement and corrections as well as civilian positions in court administration, computer crime and security, and community advocacy. They will integrate ethics, integrity, cultural diversity and tolerance in their public service and community leadership roles, using strong interpersonal skills such as communication and conflict resolution.
Grow Through Real-World Experience
The senior capstone practicum in the Criminal & Social Justice program is an opportunity for senior students 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, real-world experiences. In addition, all University of St. Francis students are encouraged to combine practical experience with their college curriculum. Employers say they often look for students who have an internship on their resume, therefore, internships are a significant part of the USF experience.