Attention: Managing, News and Education Editors
Date: Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Contact: Phil Brozynski (630) 829-6094 or Elliott Peppers (630) 829-6079
Benedictine University partners with ICC to offer Criminal Justice program
Lisle, Illinois – In an effort to fulfill a growing need for criminal justice majors, Benedictine University has partnered with Illinois Central College (ICC) to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice program in Peoria.
Peoria is centrally-positioned within an Illinois hub for careers in criminal justice ranging from the state police headquarters in Springfield to crime scene investigators in Chicago. Benedictine administrators say the affordable program provides ICC students with a combination of high quality academics and the convenience of working toward a bachelor's degree on their own campus.
"A bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice provides such an option for employment," said Michael Carroll, dean of Moser College of Adult and Professional Studies at Benedictine University. "We can offer students this career opportunity without them having to leave (the Peoria area to travel to other universities)."
Students have the option of completing their associate's degree before enrolling in Benedictine's Criminal Justice program, or enrolling in both programs concurrently provided they meet the prerequisites for Benedictine courses.
Benedictine is flexible in accepting previously-earned credit hours which can be applied to enrollment and completion of the bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice program, Carroll said.
All Benedictine classes are held on the ICC campus at 1 College Drive, East Peoria. Criminal Justice classes are offered in the traditional, 16-week format or in an accelerated format with students attending class at night once a week.
Classes begin at ICC in January. For more information, call (309) 427-1800 or visit www.ben.edu/peoria.
Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master's universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America's colleges for 2011. Benedictine University's Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain's Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.