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Criminology: Where Critical Thinking Meets Real-World Impact

Looking for a criminology program that will give you the skills and knowledge you need to make a real difference in the world? Look no further than Benedictine University. Our theory-based criminology program teaches you to think critically about the underlying causes of crime and recidivism, as well as the challenges facing our criminal justice system.

The BenU Difference

Unlock the Secrets of the Criminal Mind: Study Criminology at BenU

At Benedictine, you’ll learn more than just the basics of criminology. You’ll also develop the critical thinking skills you need to analyze complex social problems, design innovative solutions, and advocate for change. You’ll also have the opportunity to learn from experienced faculty who are actively involved in research and practice in the field of criminology. This means that you’ll be getting the latest information and insights from the experts.

Our critical criminological program pushes you to think critically about the criminal justice system and develop innovative solutions to real-world challenges. You’ll gain the key skills that employers prize, including ethical problem-solving, communication skills, collaboration, teamwork, leadership, competency in intercultural and global relationships, and cultural and civic literacy.

Apply to Benedictine’s criminology program today and start your journey to making a positive impact.


Where Knowledge, Skills, and Experience Meet

Benedictine University’s Criminology Program is designed to give you the knowledge, skills, and experience you need to succeed in a variety of criminal justice careers. Our program is rigorous and challenging, but it is also rewarding. You will learn from experienced faculty who are actively involved in research and practice in the field of criminology.

You’ll have everything you need to know to succeed in a criminal justice career. You’ll learn how to conduct research, analyze data, and apply different criminological perspectives to understand the relationship between individuals, society, and agencies of social control. You’ll also learn statistical techniques and computer data analysis, as well as the inter-dependency of the criminal justice components and alternative modes of justice. Finally, you’ll develop strong interpersonal and communication skills, which are essential for any career in the criminal justice field.

Benedictine’s Inside-Out Program is a unique educational experience that brings together our students with incarcerated students at Sheridan Correctional Center. It’s a transformative experience for students on both sides, and it’s a powerful way to generate social change.

If you are passionate about making a difference in the world and want to pursue a career in criminal justice, then Benedictine University’s Criminology Program is the perfect choice for you.

Your future in criminology starts here

Our students have interned at top law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, ATF, and DEA, gaining valuable experience that prepares them for successful careers in criminal justice. When you graduate from Benedictine’s criminology program, you’ll be prepared for a successful career in a variety of fields, including:

  • Law enforcement
  • Social work
  • Public policy
  • Criminal justice reform
  • Academia

More importantly, you’ll be prepared to make a real difference in the world by working to address the root causes of crime and recidivism.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Criminology program:

  • Criminology
  • Racial and Ethnic Groups
  • Advanced Criminological Theory
  • Gender, Crime & Justice
  • Emerging Perspectives of Justice

Criminology courses (CRIM)

Lisle undergraduate courses and descriptions

Mesa undergraduate courses and descriptions



Criminology, BA – Lisle | Mesa


Criminology Minor – Lisle | Mesa



White Collar Crime – Lisle | Mesa






Student Testimonial

Nathan Dossantos

Nathan Dossantos

Class of Fall 2023

“I love how Benedictine is both small and growing at the same time. Meeting my teachers has been great. They really empower students to have a voice on campus. BenU isn’t just a community you are part of–you ARE the community and you have an active role in shaping the culture.”

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