Criminal/Social Justice, B.S.

More and more students are coming to Lewis for our one-of-a-kind educational program.

If you are motivated by justice, Lewis University is the perfect place to prepare you for an exciting and high-level career in law enforcement and the legal system, as a police officer, probation officer, judge and more.

40+ Area Police Chiefs are Lewis alumni, including:
Philip Cline - Former Superintendent of the Chicago Police Force
Charles Ramsey - Police Commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department

Why Lewis?
  • Experienced faculty with real-world understanding and connections
  • Evolving curriculum provides you with ultra-practical and career-focused knowledge and skills necessary to pursue careers in law enforcement and the legal system
  • An ethical framework to help you face the moral challenges that come from a position of power
  • Insight into today's biggest issues in law enforcement - like domestic violence, drug abuse, terrorism and prison overcrowding
  • In-depth understanding of our legal system and the sociological aspects of crime
Possible Career Options Include:
  • CIA agent
  • Police dispatcher
  • Corrections officer
  • Police officer
  • Court reporter
  • Probation officer
  • Criminologist
  • Private investigator
  • DEA agent
  • Security professional
  • FBI agent
  • Secret Service agent
  • Forensic evidence technician
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Immigration & Customs (ICE) agent
  • Deputy U.S. Marshal
  • Paralegal
Adult Student/Sworn Officer Track
We also offer a unique curriculum option for the convenience and skill level of sworn officers, looking to add a degree to their resume, for moving up the ranks in their field - with convenient evening courses at our satellite locations including Chicago, Hickory Hills, Oak Brook, Shorewood and the Chicago Police Academy.

College Transfer Guides for Adult Student/Sworn Officer
Harold Washington Community College
Joliet Junior College
Moraine Valley College
Triton College
Start customizing your Criminal/Social Justice program curriculum today!

Student Talk

  • Matthew Dutton

    "The professors have been fantastic - fantastic credentials. Their experience makes a big difference when considering which profession you'd like to go in. It's a big field. There are many different opportunities available."

  • Megan Ramel

    "I chose Criminal/Social Justice as my major because I was in the military, and I wanted to do something along those lines and stay within that field."

  • Rocio Alfaro

    "I have not met one professor that hasn't had firsthand experience. They are always open to talk about what they went through. I was able to get an internship - because they have so many connections with law enforcement."

Helpful Resources

Chicago Police Department Tuition Promissory Note (due by the first day of class of each semester)
(Only to be used by sworn police officers of the CPD)