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The advantage of a criminology program like Benedictine’s is that it is theory-based.

We look at the underlying causes of the issues in our criminal justice system and urge students to think of ways to solve them. These include recidivism rates; crimes rates; race, class and gender issues; as well as problems that may be inherent in the system itself. Our students are taught to think critically while learning life lessons that will be instrumental in building a successful career.

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Students in the Criminology program have the opportunities to:

Learn strategies and create solutions to real-life scenarios, which lead to career advancement.
Securing federal law enforcement internships that lead to federal careers.
Generate social change through transformative education, by participation in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program.
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What Our Graduates Have Done With This Degree

Criminology Alumni

You’ll find our alumni working at the Aurora, Chicago, Rockford and Miami police departments; Cincinnati Children’s Hospital; and in confidential federal law enforcement positions with the FBI, CIA, National Security Agency and Federal Air Marshal Service. Our graduates have also gone on to law school at John Marshall Law School and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Critical Criminological Program

Our program is a critical criminological program that pushes critical thinking. While our goal is to create students who can be successful at all levels of the criminal justice system, our students also learn strategies and create solutions to real-life scenarios, which lead to career advancement. You’ll gain key skills employers prize: Ethical Problem-Solving; Communication Skills; Collaboration, Teamwork, and Leadership; Competency in Intercultural and Global Relationships; Cultural and Civic Literacy.

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Professional Internships

Our students have interned with organizations such as Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Naperville Police Department, Illinois State Police and DuPage County Sheriff’s Office.

Inside-Out Program

Inside-Out courses let our students take classes alongside incarcerated students at Sheridan Correctional Center. Inside-Out’s goal is to generate social change through transformative education, and these courses have been life-changing for students on both sides.

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