Benedictine’s Criminal Justice degree, new student club preps students to succeed

November 24, 2014

Lisle, Illinois ~ Benedictine’s Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice program prepares students to excel in a wide range of careers – from forensic scientist, legal analyst to police chief or detective.

Instructor’s in Benedictine’s B.A. in Criminal Justice program include police chiefs, internal affairs officers, probation officers and attorneys who are devoted to working with each student and helping to guide them through their academic studies toward a successful career.

Students learn the fundamentals of juvenile justice, delinquency and crime, criminal investigation techniques and research methodology, along with a broad background in criminal law. Graduates of the program have been successful in gaining admission to law school, pursuing careers in local, federal, and state law enforcement, and finding employment in probation and parole.

Students have access to various student support services, such as tutoring, advising and career services. A new Criminal Justice Club also provides students with opportunities to interact with their peers and further develop and pursue a career path.

Through a partnership with the Benedictine University Police, club members can receive presentations on career opportunities, preparation for the police entrance examination and physical test, and interview tips and internship contacts. Beginning in January, BenU Police will hold an eight-week “Citizens Police Academy,” which covers training on actual police academy topics.

“We will be a resource for the club and we hope to recruit future student employees from the club to assist our department,” said Mike Salatino, chief of the Benedictine University Police.

In October, the club toured the Benedictine Police Department’s facilities and learned how officers work to deter criminal activity near or on campus, as well as the recruitment process for new officers.

On December 4, the club will host one of outgoing Gov. Pat Quinn’s bodyguards, who will discuss the responsibilities of his position and other insights he’s learned throughout his career. Sometime in the near future, a former convict who was imprisoned for 13 years in the Arkansas Department of Corrections is expected to share his experience and perspective on the criminal justice system.

While the club appeals to the Criminal Justice major, students enrolled in other degree programs with an interest in the criminal justice field are welcome to join.

“This field is filled with endless opportunities and interests ranging from the court system, law enforcement, social work and much more,” said Chancey Griffin, a senior Social Science major and the club’s president. “Some key benefits of participating in the club include having the opportunity to network and connect with individuals within criminal justice professions and the ability to apply theories and materials learned to a future career. This experience will provide students with a competitive edge when they go to meet with employers for interviews.”

Benedictine promises students an education infused with the Benedictine values that creates better learners, leaders and world citizens. Providing degree programs in growing fields, offering hands-on experience, bringing speakers to campus and offering career guidance is all part of that promise.

For more information about the B.A. in Criminal Justice program, please contact Admissions at (630) 829-6300 or


Benedictine University is located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago, and has a branch campus in Mesa, Arizona. Founded as a Catholic university in 1887, Benedictine enrolls more than 5,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. Forbes magazine named Benedictine among "America's Top Colleges" for the eighth consecutive year in 2018. Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( For more information, contact (630) 829-6300, or visit

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