The Department of Criminal Justice Studies at Bradley University offers a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Criminal Justice Studies, a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Criminal Justice Studies, and a Minor in Criminal Justice Studies.


The B.A. and B.S. programs in Criminal Justice Studies are four-year programs designed to expose students to the multidisciplinary nature of crime and criminal justice, integrating perspectives and knowledge from history, sociology, political science, and other social and behavioral sciences. The curriculum is designed to introduce students to an array of issues in crime, law, and justice, as well as to provide practical experience through a required internship. Examples of course topics include: 

  • Criminal law
  • The history and organization of law enforcement
  • Judicial behavior
  • Public administration and management
  • Race, gender and social diversity
  • Violence
  • Corrections
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Theories of crime and justice
  • Criminal profiling
  • Psychology and the legal system
  • Criminal justice ethics
  • Drugs and crime
  • And many others

In addition to the courses required for the major, students majoring in Criminal Justice Studies must complete all Bradley University general education requirements, as well as the specific requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.


For students majoring in other disciplines, the Minor in Criminal Justice Studies provides the opportunity to pursue study of crime and justice in a way that supplements many major area(s) of study. Students take a minimum of fifteen hours of coursework, including: an introduction to the criminal justice system in America and a survey of theoretical approaches to crime and justice, with additional elective course options in ethics, the history of law enforcement, corrections, juvenile delinquency, violence and society, and a variety of other courses on special topics within crime and justice studies.