New criminal justice major prepares students for various careers in law

New criminal justice major prepares students for various careers in law
May 21, 2010

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094

Lawyer. Judge. Police officer. Crime scene investigator. Youth counselor. A degree in Criminal Justice can open the door to a number of careers. Beginning with the Fall 2010 semester, Benedictine University will offer a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. The Criminal Justice major will provide a well-rounded, liberal arts preparation for students who wish to work in the areas of law enforcement, probation and parole, the judicial system, or attend law school to become a criminal law attorney. The program is designed to educate students to be critical thinkers; to acquire, understand and synthesize knowledge pertaining to the criminal justice system; to learn research methodology and how it can be applied to questions of the correctional process and law creation, law enforcement and criminological theory; and to solve problems independently and cooperatively. The major will be offered through the Department of Sociology and Psychology and will include a field placement component For more information about the new major in Criminal Justice, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or by e-mail at admissions@ben.edu.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.