Criminal Justice/Sociology

Major, Minor

Criminal Justice & Sociology

Looking to make the world safer and more secure for future generations? Majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology provides a liberal arts education to students who wish to pursue a vocation in public service or in some part of the criminal justice system or related organizations. Eureka’s program is designed for those who wish to become practitioners in the field or further their education through graduate studies.


Expect the unexpected. Students will work in teams and individually to problem solve in and out of the classroom. Experiential learning includes opportunities to apply knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems or situations. 


The Criminal Justice program at Eureka College is unique in that it combines both classroom as well as practical exercises to allow the student a comprehensive understanding of the material being presented. The course experiences will involve lecture, demonstration, and on-the-job experience.

Real World Experience

  • Team Problem-Solving
  • Individual Problem-Solving
  • Real-World Problems/Situations
  • Case Studies
  • Mock Traffic Accidents
  • Staged Death Scenes
  • Crime Labs
  • Crime Scene Documentation
  • Fingerprinting Workshops
  • Forensic Laboratory Exercises
Internship opportunities include:
County Sheriff's Office (Fulton, LaSalle, Livingston, Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford)
Eureka College Safety/Campus Police Department
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Illinois State Police
Peoria City Police
Peoria County Adult and Juvenile Probation
Police Department (East Peoria, Kewanee, Pekin, Washington)
McLean County State Attorney's Office - Victim Witness Department
National Youth Advocate Program
Woodford County Probation
U.S. Department of Justice
US Marshal's Office (Springfield and Champaign)
Many Career Opportunities. Here's just a few:
Criminal Law
Law Enforcement
Probation Officer
Parole Officer
Victim Advocacy
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention
Criminal Justice Reform
Forensic Science
Criminal Justice Administration
What characterizes a person who majors in Criminal Justice?
Detail Oriented
Physically Fit
Technical Skills
3 Days

Voluntary house arrest wearing a GPS ankle bracelet: experience the world through the eyes of a criminal.

Expert Presentations

Judges, State Troopers, Policemen, Probation Officers, Detectives

9 Hours of Internship Credit

In 3 weeks from National Forensics Academy at University of Tennessee (Eureka is the only Midwest school to offer this).