Graduate and Undergraduate Catalog
Year 2006 - 2007
Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Concentration
within the Master of Public Administration degree, Undergraduate
Faculty Leanne Brecklin, Barbara Hayler, Beverly Rivera,
Adjunct Faculty Chris Bolinger, Jonna Cooley, Robert Jones,
Steve Kossman, Bruce Liebe
Contact: (217) 206-6301
email@example.com or www.uis.edu/criminaljustice
In the Peoria area, contact the UIS office at Illinois Central
at (309) 694-5546.
justice is an interdisciplinary field that studies crime and the
ways society responds to crime. The criminal justice curriculum
examines the nature and causes of crime, the purposes and activities
of the criminal justice system, and the impact of crime on victims
and society. Since crime is a social problem, many courses include
the study of community-based programs and social service agencies as
well as the components of the criminal justice system. The criminal
justice department, located within the College of Public Affairs and
Administration, emphasizes the study of public policy and change
efforts as an essential part of its curriculum. Students have the
opportunity to participate in public affairs research projects
conducted by department faculty.
The criminal justice degree program is designed for students
interested in the general study of crime and the administration of
justice and those pursuing professional careers in criminal justice
or related fields. The degree also prepares students for entrance
into graduate or professional schools in criminal justice, law,
public administration, social work, and the social sciences.
Graduate study in criminal justice is available at UIS through the
public administration department, which offers a concentration in
The criminal justice major provides an integrated program of
study that emphasizes problem-solving and analytical skills, an
approach favored by many criminal justice agencies and employers.
The curriculum reflects the multidisciplinary character of the
field, drawing on a variety of liberal arts and professional areas
of expertise. Faculty associated with the department have degrees in
fields such as criminal justice, criminology, law, political
science, psychology, and sociology. Student majors take a core
curriculum that familiarizes them with a range of perspectives,
methods, and content areas of the criminal justice field. They may
use their electives to take additional courses or to minor in
another field. Majors also have the opportunity to study abroad.
All majors participate in experiential learning through the UIS
applied study term program. Students have the opportunity to work
with state agencies and training centers as well as local criminal
justice and social service agencies. Students with extensive career
experience may meet this requirement through the credit for prior
learning program or may petition to substitute public affairs
colloquia and liberal studies colloquia in the UIS requirement.
THE BACHELOR'S DEGREE
Students who have been admitted to UIS and who have a grade-point
average of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale qualify for admission to the
criminal justice program. Students admitted to UIS with a GPA below
2.50 may be granted conditional admission to the major, which
permits enrollment in up to 12 semester hours of adviser-approved
courses during the first semester. The final decision on admission
to the major for conditionally admitted students is made after
completion of 8 to 12 hours at UIS.
CRJ 309 Administration of Justice 4 Hrs.
CRJ 311 Law and Legal Processes 4 Hrs.
Core course in policing or corrections 4 Hrs.
(either CRJ 312 Policing in America or CRJ 313 Correctional
CRJ 345 Research Methods in Criminal Justice 4 Hrs.
CRJ 421 Criminological Theory 4 Hrs.
CRJ 489 Senior Seminar 4 Hrs.
CRJ electives 16 Hrs.
(up to 8 Hrs. may be taken at the lower-division level; see
“Transfer Courses” below)
Total CRJ hours 40 Hrs.
Upper-division general electives 8 Hrs.
(non-CRJ courses selected by student)
(See “UIS Requirements” in the Bachelor’s Degree General
Information section of this catalog. Must include 8 hours of
AST) 12 Hrs.
Total 60 Hrs.
Criminal justice majors must receive a grade of C or better in
all required core courses.
Upper-division courses are evaluated for transfer on a
case-by-case basis. The department will accept up to eight hours of
lower-division criminal justice courses with grades of B or better
in partial satisfaction of the CRJ electives requirement. Acceptance
of these credits allows students to substitute general electives for
CRJ electives, but does not reduce the total number of required
Students must demonstrate competence in the use of computers for
word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications by taking an
approved lower-division course or CSC 318 Computer Literacy at UIS
or by successfully completing the department's competency-based exam
To satisfy the UIS communication skills requirement, students
prepare a portfolio of written work from 300-level core courses with
final assessment occurring in the senior seminar.
THE MINOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
CRJ 309 Administration of Justice 4 Hrs.
One of the following CRJ core courses:
CRJ 311 Law and Legal Processes
CRJ 312 Policing in America
CRJ 313 Correctional Systems 4 Hrs.
Two criminal justice elective courses 8 Hrs.
Total 16 Hrs.
Up to four hours of upper-division CRJ electives may be accepted
as transfer credit through the student petition process.
GRADUATE STUDIES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE
UIS offers a concentration in criminal justice as part of the
M.P.A. degree offered by the public administration department. This
is a 48-hour degree program and includes 16 hours of specialized
criminal justice graduate courses. Applications for this degree
program should be submitted to the public administration (PAD)