2011 News Articles
Benedictine University partners with ICC to offer Criminal Justice program

Benedictine University partners with ICC to offer Criminal Justice program
October 5, 2011

Phil Brozynski
(630) 829-6094

Lisle, Illinois – In an effort to fulfill a growing need for criminal justice majors, Benedictine University has partnered with Illinois Central College (ICC) to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program in Peoria.

Peoria is centrally-positioned within an Illinois hub for careers in criminal justice ranging from the state police headquarters in Springfield to crime scene investigators in Chicago. Benedictine administrators say the affordable program provides ICC students with a combination of high quality academics and the convenience of working toward a bachelor's degree on their own campus.

"A bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice provides such an option for employment," said Michael Carroll, dean of Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies at Benedictine University. "We can offer students this career opportunity without them having to leave (the Peoria area to travel to other universities)."

Students have the option of completing their associate's degree before enrolling in Benedictine's Criminal Justice program, or enrolling in both programs concurrently provided they meet the prerequisites for Benedictine courses.

Benedictine is flexible in accepting previously-earned credit hours which can be applied to enrollment and completion of the bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice program, Carroll said.

All Benedictine classes are held on the ICC campus at 1 College Drive, East Peoria. Criminal Justice classes are offered in the traditional, 16-week format or in an accelerated format with students attending class at night once a week.

Classes begin at ICC in January. For more information, call (309) 427-1800 or visit www.ben.edu/peoria. 


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has branch campuses in Springfield, Illinois, and Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls nearly 10,000 students in 56 undergraduate and 19 graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the sixth consecutive year in 2016. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org). For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, admissions@ben.edu or visit ben.edu.