The mission of the bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with an interest concentration in Criminal Justice is to prepare professionals in the area of Criminal Justice for lives of service and significance as professional practitioners in context of community and society. As part of the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences within the Liberal Arts and Sciences, the criminal justice concentration shares the overall mission, purpose and objectives of that department. This mission includes guiding student through a set of courses grouped around a strong general education core, an area concentration focused on criminal justice, and area-complementary electives reflecting student-specific educational goals. Based upon these factors, the purposes of the program emphasizing criminal justice are to
prepare beginning level practitioners who are responsible to providing professional services in the area of criminal justice in a variety of settings
provide a foundation of post-baccalaureate and/or graduate professional education and continuing life-long professional development
foster commitment toward a local, regional, and global humane service-oriented perspective and dedication to professional values in the area of criminal justice
prepare program participants to be able to participate after they graduate in the development of the criminal justice profession and in its responses to the changing needs of society
At the completion of the Bachelor of Science degree in behavioral science with emphasis on criminal justice, graduates are prepared to:
Apply theoretical and empirical knowledge from the liberal arts, the sciences, and criminal justice to provide professional services in the area of criminal justice.
enroll into a graduate or (specialized) professional program in Criminal Justice or a closely related field
find methods and apply relevant best practices to protect the growth and wellbeing of contemporary society
identify and apply policies to promote equity and equality as they relate to criminal justice
structure programs to improve services to disadvantaged communities in the area of criminal justice
base criminal justice best practices on personal and professional values which incorporate a humane, service-oriented perspective
accept responsibility and accountability for professional and personal development.
Why an area concentration in Criminal Justice at East-West University?
The Criminal Justice area concentration complements the philosophy and supports the mission of the University in that it “is dedicated to pursuit of excellence by all through relevant, effective and convenient education, and service to humankind with a global, multi-cultural and future-oriented perspective. It is both comprehensive and pluralistic in terms of clientele, academic programs, educational delivery systems, research and publication projects, and sources of financial support”.
The Criminal Justice area concentration curriculum
Includes both liberal and professional instruction to prepare graduates for life in general and a career in high demand.
Its geographic and demographic location is situated in the center of an urban area with a population of over 8 million people; it has the opportunity to make use of the urban and suburban infrastructure and resources. Other resources include nursing related industries, agencies, and organizations, a job market within convenient commuting distance, health and health-related facilities, as well as the entire range of “rest and recreation” opportunities.
Demographically, there is hardly a place with a greater and more balanced multicultural mix, with greater ethnic and socio-economic diversity, and with a broader range of exceptionalities. It is situated in one of the major diverse and multicultural urban areas in the world which presents an ideal “laboratory” for first-hand experience/observation of an extended variety of crimes and issues with which criminal justice is concerned at the present time
Offers education in a career that is geared to the service economy. Few professions touch the lives of so many, individuals, families, communities, the society at large, in so many different ways and are proactive, preventative, and reactive, restorative.
offers practical experience in agencies and organizations directly or substantively related to aspects of criminal justice within the metropolitan Chicago area that are state of the art and enjoy educational opportunities that include the most modern advances.
The number of potential professionals in areas of criminal justice is projected to increase moderately, according to U.S. Department of Labor information and by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO).
Substantial opportunities for personal contact and interaction with multi-cultural populations will be an ongoing part of the student’s practical experiences.
Agencies and organizations of criminal justice have assumed increased responsibilities in recent years. The need for highly educated criminal justice professionals continues to grow. Students have the option to pursue specialized professional programs in the areas, for instance, of law, law enforcement, aspects of social service, and governmental agencies.
Curricular requirements must comply with all general academic requirements for a bachelor’s degree, including
completion of 180 quarter hours,
residency requirement of 48 quarter hours
completion of HM 279 (East-West University Signature course)
completion of EN 491 (Senior Seminar),
an overall GPA of 2.0 and a 2.5 GPA in the major,
compliance with Satisfactory Academic Progress policy pertaining to both Grade Maintenance and Timely Completion,
All outcome measures required by the assessment program must be passed successfully,
All financial obligations must be cleared
The program embodies three broad blocks of curricular requirements or components:
I: General Education Core (64 quarter hours);
II: BHS core and concentration courses 60 quarter hours
III: elective courses (56 quarter hours), for a total of 180 quarter hours.
I: General Education Core courses:
5 specified courses in English and Communications for a total of 20 quarter hours;
1 specified mathematics course, one biology course, and 12 additional hours from biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics for a total of 20 hours;
1 specified humanities course and 16 additional quarter hours selected from behavioral and social sciences and humanities for a total of 20 hours;
1 specified course from computer and information science for a total of 4 hours.
II: BHS Core and selected criminal justice concentration area courses
11 specified BHS core courses, and an additional 16 hours BHS elective courses for a total of 60 hours