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Criminal Justice/Sociology

Looking to make the world safer and more secure for future generations? Majoring in Criminal Justice and Sociology provides a liberal arts education to students who wish to pursue a vocation in public service or in some part of the criminal justice system or related organizations. Eureka’s program is designed for those who wish to become practitioners in the field or further their education through graduate studies.

Criminal law, law enforcement, corrections, probation, parole, victim advocacy, juvenile delinquency prevention, criminal justice reform, forensic science, pathology, criminal justice administration, and counseling are a few of the many careers that may be pursued by graduates with this major.


Expect the unexpected. Students will work in teams and individually to problem solve in and out of the classroom. Experiential learning includes opportunities to apply knowledge and conceptual understanding to real-world problems or situations. Students delve into case studies, analyze mock traffic accidents and staged death scenes, gain experience working in a crime lab, practice crime scene documentation and reconstruction, and participate in fingerprinting workshops and forensic laboratory exercises. Students will experience the world through the eyes of a criminal under voluntary house arrest for three days while wearing a GPS ankle bracelet.


The Criminal Justice program at Eureka College is unique in that it combines both classroom as well as practical exercises to allow the student a comprehensive understanding of the material being presented. The course experiences will involve lecture, demonstration, and on-the-job experience.

State troopers, judges, police and probation officers, as well as detectives offer industry expert presentations, which adds to the context of the material being studied in the classroom.


Eureka College has an expansive criminal justice internship program. Students are placed in roles from policing and probation to federal law enforcement, which allows students to become immersed in the area in which they will seek employment.


Recent internships include: Peoria County Adult and Juvenile probation, Peoria County Sheriff’s Office, Woodford County probation, Woodford County Sheriff’s Office, Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, Peoria City Police, Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Pekin Police Department, East Peoria Police Department, LaSalle County Sheriff’s Office, Illinois State Police, and the US Marshal’s Office, among others.


Also, Eureka is the only school in the midwest to offer a 3-week course for criminal justice majors to attend the National Forensics Academy at the University of Tennessee. This course will transfer 9 hours of internship credit.


Here’s a sneak peek into our on campus Criminal Justice Crime Scene. The following content may not be appropriate for younger individuals.


However, we thank you for your interest in Eureka College’s Criminal Justice program. 

Criminal Justice Program Contact

Dr. William Lally
Burgess Hall – Room 202C
300 East College Ave.
Eureka, IL 61530

Sociology Program Contact

Dr. Daniel Jaster