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Criminal Justice and Homeland Security

The right major matters.

While Criminal Justice and Homeland Security are separate programs at MacMurray, many students major in one and minor in the other, and quite a few are able to double-major in both.

As a major in either program, you'll be immersed in a well-rounded curriculum that prepares you for a wide variety of careers in criminal justice or with private and government security agencies. Classes are geared for all disciplines, including policing, corrections, probation, parole, federal or state agents, government security, and private security.

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In both majors, the faculty have diverse, practical backgrounds with decades of experience in the field. They either currently work or have worked as professionals at local, federal, and state agencies, and they bring to the classroom that experience, expertise, and their many contacts in the field of criminal justice and homeland security.

Their extensive background in police and investigative work matters to your understanding and learning. This hard-earned practical knowledge allows them to combine unique, real-life experience with theoretical knowledge, so you can be prepared when you take your first professional position.

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Opportunities for Students

Expert Visitors

Visitors and guest speakers from various agencies are invited to classes each semester to provide you with information about what it is like to work in their agencies. They will give you ideas about different careers after graduation and the opportunities and responsibilities in those fields, and, along with internships, help you discover the area of criminal justice or homeland security that best suits you.

Career Fairs

Criminal Justice and Homeland Security majors are encouraged to attend career fairs throughout the year. Attending career fairs is an excellent way for students to get to know and make themselves known to potential employers.

With MacMurray's close proximity to the state capital of Springfield, there are numerous opportunities to make such connections, and the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs often arrange for transportation to go in groups to such events. In addition, students are encouraged and helped to go further afield, to such events as the Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Career Fair every fall at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL.

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Internships

Both the Criminal Justice and Homeland Security programs give you the opportunity to complete multiple internships, so you can work with more than one type or level of agency (local, state, or federal) while receiving credits for each internship you complete. This hands-on experience can help you decide the sort of police or security work most interests you and will make you far more attractive to the agency you want to join once you graduate.

Students have completed internships at many agencies, including the Jacksonville Police Department, the Morgan County Sheriff's Department, and the Jacksonville/Morgan County Office of Emergency Management, all located in Jacksonville, IL and with the Illinois State Police, Illinois Emergency Management Agency, and the U.S. Federal Probation Department, all in nearby Springfield, IL.

Career Preparation

Students who take advantage of all that MacMurray offers are better prepared to enter their chosen field, and quickly begin a rewarding and accomplished professional career in criminal justice or homeland security.

MacMurray graduates have been hired by such agencies as the Springfield Police Department, the Illinois Department of Corrections, and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.

Coursework

Learn more about Criminal Justice and Homeland Security courses and how to pursue a Bachelor's or Associate degree in Criminal Justice or a major or minor in Homeland Security through our catalog.