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Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice emerged during the 1970's as a vital and unique academic discipline, simultaneously emphasizing the professional development of students who plan a career in the field and attracting those who want to know more about a difficult social problem and the country's  response to it. Criminal Justice incorporates a broad range of knowledge from a variety of specialties, including law, history, economics, and the social and behavioral sciences, each contributing to our fuller understanding of criminal behavior and of society's attitudes toward deviance.

The criminal justice curriculum at Illinois Valley Community College is broadly based and covers the three main components of the criminal justice system: law enforcement; the court; and corrections. It embraces other academic disciplines, and serves to provide our graduates with a broad understanding of the problems within the criminal justice field.

In order for the student to successfully compete in the marketplace for positions in the criminal justice system, it seems evident that a two-year associate degree is essential. Not all agencies require a college degree at this time. However, it is increasingly apparent that the trend toward this requirement is on the increase.

The criminal justice program at Illinois Valley Community College also offers opportunity for the in-service practitioner to gain expertise and increased education in order to compete for promotions and/or seek more lucrative positions in other agencies.

At Illinois Valley Community College we are proud to offer Associates of Applied Science, Associate of Arts, and Certificates in Criminal Justice. For more information regarding our program please contact  Dr. Rebecca Donna at rebecca_donna@ivcc.edu or phoning (815) 224-0202.


Fall Classes


Issues in Criminal Justice - CRJ 2050

This course will examine the issue of Crime Profiling during the Fall Semester 2003.


Introduction to Criminal Justice - CRJ 1000

This course is a survey of the historical and philosophical background of criminal justice agencies, and how this background relates to segments of the criminal justice system at the present time. A systems approach is used in this analysis.

Policing in America - CRJ 1210

This course is a study of the patrol function as it relates to enforcement problems and the maintenance of social order. The use of police discretion at the patrol and administrative levels is examined.

Administration of Justice - CRJ 1260

This course analyzes what constitutes law and what constitutes crime. The nature of criminal responsibility and criminal justice mechanisms at work are examined.

Criminal Investigation - CRJ 2010

This course will examine the fundamentals of investigation; crime scene applications; the recording, collection and presentation of evidence investigative techniques and procedure; and follow-up case studies. 

Evidence and Criminal Procedure - CRJ 2030

This course examines procedures in the areas of search and seizure, authority to detain, confessions and interrogations, trail and the right to counsel. 

Last modified: 18 Jan 2007