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Quincy University's Criminal Justice program prepares you to be an intelligent and ethical decision-maker in a challenging career. You'll master the fundamentals of law, forensics, and psychology and focus on restorative justice, learning to repair the damage done by crime and healing those affected by it. In every course, you'll gain the forensic edge that's so valuable to contemporary investigation.

You'll gain real-world experience in the field through an applied practicum, working in a criminal justice agency such as the probation department, court system, police and sheriff's departments, and agencies serving troubled youths.

Your professors and advisors will be experienced professionals with expertise in specific areas of law enforcement. They maintain a strong connection to a valuable network of specialists who are active in the field. With their commitment to individualized instruction and advising, you will have a rich mentoring relationship with people who have experienced the world you're preparing to enter.

Our Criminal Justice program grants a bachelor of science degree and offers criminal justice and forensics minors.

Forensic Science Minor

Quincy's Forensic Science minor [1.6.6] brings scientific insight to legal questions that may change the course of criminal and civil cases. You'll learn forensic technologies, including fingerprint techniques, pathology, and toxicology. Our minor comprises 26 credit hours, including courses in Chemistry and Biology and a Criminal Justice class on investigative techniques.

Contact Us

For more information about the Criminal Justice program, feel free to contact:

Harry Cramer
Lecturer in Criminal Justice
217-228-5432 ext. 3037
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CRJ 101     Introduction to Criminal Justice
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to the history, structure, and functions of the various elements of the American criminal justice system.

CRJ 150    Basic Alcohol and Drug Information
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the various chemicals of abuse, this course is designed to acquaint the student with the basic abuse processes of the various chemicals. Primarily for general student interest, the course focuses upon the properties, risk for abuse, and prevalent understanding of various drugs.

CRJ 242     Law Enforcement Procedures
Credit Hours: 3
Procedures and techniques for gathering and analyzing information, conducting interrogations, and preparing criminal cases for trial. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

CRJ 245    Juvenile Delinquency
Credit Hours: 3
Various conceptions of the nature of juvenile delinquency and its causes; the juvenile court movement; juvenile detention; treatment of juvenile offenders; delinquency control programs. (Same as SOC 245)

CRJ 246     Foundations of Criminal Law
Credit Hours: 3
The development of law as a means of social control from the earliest times up to the present constitutional, statutory, and case law in the United States. Prerequisite: CRJ 101. (Formerly CRJ 346)

CRJ 310    Criminal Behavior
Credit Hours: 3
An overview of the major etiological theories relating to criminal behavior in contemporary society. Special emphasis will be given to applying those theories in the practical world of the criminal justice system. Course will also deal with the motivations and psychopathology of disturbing behaviors such as rape, robbery violent assaults, fire starting, animal cruelty, homicide, etc. (Formerly CRJ 210)

CRJ 320    Homeland Security
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides a comprehensive overview of homeland security and terrorism. Students will examine the foundation for Homeland Security, the role of Homeland Security in preventing and responding to terrorist threats as well as their other activities. The course encourages students to think critically and analyze current problems inherent to homeland security and terrorism.

CRJ 330     Organized and White Collar Crime
Credit Hours: 3
An historical overview of organized and white-collar criminal activity is provided in this course, along with analyses of contemporary illegal practices. Analyses will focus on the occupational, economic, political and social implications of corporate and organized crime.

CRJ 331     Crime Analysis and Criminological Research
Credit Hours: 3
An introduction to basic methods for the quantitative analysis of data on criminal activity and other criminal justice statistics. Research methodologies for data collection, evaluation, interpretation and presentation are introduced and examined as well. Techniques for information management and dissemination are also reviewed.

CRJ  340     Police and Society
Credit Hours: 3
Police work as a career. The nature and functions of police work, and the role of police work in a democratic society. Prerequisite: CRJ 101.

CRJ 341    Loss Prevention Strategies
Credit Hours: 3
Offers a systemic overview of the operational principles and practices utilized in public and private protective services. In addition to detailed analyses of internal and external loss prevention strategies, this course will also explore relevant legal, ethical, and regulatory issues in loss prevention and risk management.

CRJ 343     Criminology
Credit Hours: 3
Recent trends in delinquency and crime; the nature of criminal behavior; personal and social factors in crime causation; critical evaluation of criminological theories. Lecture based.

CRJ 344     Crime and Corrections
Credit Hours: 3
Treatment of crime and delinquency; probation; penal and reformatory institutions; parole; recidivism; the problems of the prevention of crime.

CRJ 347     Contemporary Criminal Law and Procedures
Credit Hours: 3
The study of criminal proceedings.  Legal issues associated with investigation of crimes, acquisition of evidence, securing of confessions, the foundations and operations of the exclusionary rule, utilization of counsel.  Constitutional rights regarding criminal defendants and associated matters.  Emphasis on current case law and trends in criminal justice.  Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or POL 200.

CRJ 350 Community Corrections Probation and Parole
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the role of community corrections, probation and parole as components of the criminal justice network. Areas which will be analyzed and discussed include community corrections, probation and parole philosophy, programs and practices, theories, case law history, system components, and supervision. The course will also examine the process of presentence investigations, specialized programs, innovative sentencing, personnel and related training issues, and probation.

CRJ 370-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics in criminal justice depending upon demands and staff. Offered in seminars or by independent study.

CRJ 410    Terrorism: A Global Perspective
Credit Hours: 3
The students will examine the history of terrorism and the development of terrorism, including factors that contribute to its expansion in various areas of the world. The course promotes an understanding of terrorism from human rights, economic, political, legal and military perspectives. The students will consider efforts and obstructions to solving terror as an international problem. The students will be challenged to examine their own views regarding terrorists and the factors that contribute to the ideologies that often motivate terrorists.

CRJ 420 Environmental Crime
Credit Hours: 3
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to offer a perspective on environmental crime which combines environmental law with criminal law. Students will study law, law enforcement, types of environmental crimes, policy and prosecution of environmental crime. Prerequisite: CRJ 101 or consent of instructor.

CRJ 430     Ethics, Justice and Diversity
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the influence of personal and professional ethics as well as social and cultural diversity on the American criminal justice system. Factors such as race, ethnicity, gender and class are examined within the framework of police, judicial and correctional operations. Specific issues that are problematic within the system are discussed along with possible solutions.

CRJ 431     Victimology
Credit Hours: 3
Victimology is the “study of victims.” This course will study the historical, cultural and social aspects of victims of crime. Analyses of trends and patterns in criminal violence and victimization are undertaken in addition to discussions on strategies for prevention, remediation and intervention. Course features guest speakers who have professional or personal expertise and experience.This course is of practical use to students in the following fields: human services, psychology, social work, political science, pre-law, pre-med, and theology, as well as victim’s rights advocates or volunteers. (Same as HMS 431)

CRJ 432    Comparative Criminal Justice
Credit Hours: 3
A comparative study of modern criminal justice systems in the world. The formal structure and informal operation of the various criminal justice models are examined, along with the cultural and historical environment in which they have developed and exist. Opportunities will be presented to analyze specific international problems, illustrating the cultural, economic, and political differences that affect their solution. Students will be challenged to analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts, and beliefs regarding diversity and bigotry.

CRJ 441    Administrative Practices in Protective Services
Credit Hours: 3
Designed to provide students with an administrative perspective on the technical and operational components of the protective services industry. The focus will be on developing, implementing and evaluating policies and procedures applicable to specific organizational environments in both the public and private sectors. Legal, fiscal and personnel practices will also be discussed.

CRJ 442    Current Problems in Protective Services
Credit Hours: 3
Emphasis is on critical assessments of operational and administrative problems in public and private protective services. Students will be expected to examine specific problems within various contexts, including criminal and civil law; ethical and moral values; cost versus benefit; and global culture.

CRJ 450    Criminalistics and Forensics
Credit Hours: 3
This course deals with forensic investigative techniques and their relationship to successful criminal investigations and prosecutions. Current forensic technologies pertaining to the examination of questioned documents, fingerprint techniques, polygraph examination, ballistics, pathology, toxicology, and other chemical/laboratory tests will be considered. The evidentiary value of various technologies will also be explored.

CRJ 470-9 Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
See CRJ 370-9 above.

CRJ 480/481  Practicum in Criminal Justice
Credit Hours: 1-6
Practical application of criminal justice knowledge. Students will work in one of several agencies located within the Quincy service area. A written report on the practicum is required as part of the comprehensive experience. Fifty (50) hours of practicum required per credit hour. Graded on A/F scale.

CRJ 497 Digital Forensics Capstone
Credit Hours: 3
This course requires students to demonstrate their computer forensics skills by applying the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their program of study. Students will work on several case studies that are related to the collection, analysis, and presentation of digital data and evidence. By practicing the skills required to recover data from computer systems, students will be prepared upon completion of the course to recover computer data as a result of computer damage or a security incident. Prerequisite: Senior standing as a Digital Forensics major.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements for Criminal Justice Major:
1. Completion of the Bonaventure Program and requirements for undergraduate degrees.
2. The technological literacy requirement will be fulfilled by CIS 101 Introduction to Information Technology. An alternative computer course may be used with the permission of the Criminal Justice Department if an alternative course meets the student’s needs.
3. 36 hours of coursework in Criminal Justice at the 200-400 level.
4. Required courses: CRJ 101, 242, 245, 246, 310, 340, 343, 344, and 6 credit hours of practicum (CRJ 480/481); CRJ 347 (strongly recommended) or POL 364.
5. Required support courses: SOC 200; SOC 330; POL 200 and 260; MAT 150 or SOC 230; PSY 100 and 312 and CIS 101.
6. The comprehensive experience calls for the completion of 6 credit hours of practicum experience and a written report based upon the practicum experience.
7. A grade of “C-” or higher is required in all major courses.
8. Students who double major in Psychology and Criminal Justice must complete the Psychology Research Methods sequence, therefore the Criminal Justice support courses of MAT 150 or SOC 230, and SOC 330 are  waived. Students must complete two of the three required practica (two Criminal Justice and one Psychology) and must substitute a 300-400 level Criminal Justice or Psychology elective in the area of the practicum not  taken.

Requirements for a Minor:
18 hours of Criminal Justice coursework including CRJ 101 and 343, plus 12 hours at the 200-400 level (excluding CRJ 480/481). Must also meet minimum

Active Learning Opportunities

Because the field of Criminal Justice offers so many career opportunities, an internship can help you decide which direction to take your career after graduation. An internship also offers invaluable experience to add to your résumé. Quincy University Criminal Justice majors have interned at the following locations:
  • Quincy Police Department
  • Adams County Sheriff's Department
  • Adams County Youth Home
  • Adams County Probation Department
  • Adams County State's Attorney's Office
  • The Illinois State Probation Office
  • Chaddock (school for troubled youth)
  • Private Retail and Loss Prevention Security Firms

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