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Criminal Justice Degree Program

Northwestern College’s Criminal Justice degree program in Bridgeview exceeds the minimum education requirements of the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police.

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Why Choose Our Criminal Justice Program?


You'll exceed the minimum education requirements for the Chicago Police Department and Illinois State Police with the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice.

Combine your interest in the criminal justice system, your passion for serving your community, and making the world a better place with a degree in Criminal Justice from Chicago area Northwestern College. Our Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice prepares and qualifies you for careers in county and local law enforcement.


WCIU Spotlight on the Northwestern College Criminal Justice Program




Earn a Criminal Justice Degree in 24 Months!

If you are looking to get a degree in Criminial Justice but are worried about your schedule or how long it will take; contact our Bridgeview Criminal Justice School today. One of our fast-track programs can help you get your degree with only two days of classes per week. For more information visit our Chicago or Bridgeview campus today before these programs fill up!

Criminal Justice Program Overview

  • Identify potentially hazardous situations, promote safety awareness, and appropriately intervene in and manage crisis and conflict situations
  • Work within the dynamics and culture of the legal system
  • Enforce the rights of individuals, recognize legal limitations, and exercise discretionary authority
  • Identify issues that impact impressions of objectivity, impartiality, fairness, and justice

Usually, 12 to 14 weeks of additional training at a police academy is required for police officer and sheriff's deputy positions. Other occupations in the field may require additional training, licensing, and/or education.

Criminal Justice Program Goals

Upon completion of the program, it is expected that students will be able to:

  • Identify and analyze issues relative to protection of life, liberty, and property
  • Understand the dynamics and cultures of working within the legal system
  • Critically evaluate the legal rights of individuals, recognition of legal limitations, and use of discretionary authority
  • Exhibit professional behavior and high ethical standards
  • Demonstrate effective oral, written, and non-verbal communication skills as expected in criminal justice professions

Criminal Justice Career Opportunities (CIP Code 43.0107)

The government's effort to meet society's need for a safer living environment is driving the rising demand for law enforcement personnel. This means that criminal justice graduates will find an increased number of opportunities for employment. Some occupations in the criminal justice field may require additional training, licensing, and/or education.

The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare you for potential employment in the following: (the occupation listed contains a link to information on the U.S. Department of Labor's O*NET website).

33-3051 - Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers
33-9032 - Security Guards


Northwestern College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, www.ncahlc.org.

Requirements and Course Offerings

See the Northwestern College Catalog

Tuition, Loan Debt & Graduate Information

We are not required by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools or the Illinois Board of Higher Education to report placement rates.

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Program Disclosure

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If you would like to pursue a career in the criminal justice system, then our Associate in Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice could be the right program for you. To learn more about our Criminal Justice program in Bridgeview, Illinois, contact us today to request information!