Academics

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration: A Signature Academic Program

Program Details

The School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (SLEJA) at Western Illinois University is the largest criminal justice program in the state and one of the largest in the United States. Our students comprise about 20% of the student enrollment on campus, 18% of the Centennial Honors College, and the SLEJA places more interns in the field than any other department or school at WIU. The SLEJA has been identified as a signature program at Western Illinois University.

The major is centered on a core of courses and requires an approved minor. The core courses include classes in juvenile justice, criminal investigation, criminal law and procedure, ethics, research, organizational administration, and management. The SLEJA offers a minor in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration for those students majoring outside of LEJA. Additional minors are offered in Fire Administration, Fire Science, Security Administration, Homeland Security, and Legal Studies.

All students seeking a baccalaureate degree in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration must complete the University’s General Education requirement of 43 semester hours; the following LEJA core courses: LEJA 101, 201, 212, 255, 302, 303, 306, 312, 345, 357, 490, and 491; and three semester hours of LEJA directed electives. Students must complete each course with a grade of C or better. LEJA majors must establish and maintain a 2.25 cumulative GPA and a 2.50 GPA in the LEJA major to apply for and be assigned an internship. Students having double majors of LEJA and another major are held to the same standards in LEJA as other LEJA majors.

Special Opportunities in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

The SLEJA has several student organizations, and student participation is encouraged. Among the possibilities are the American Society for Industrial Security (ASIS), the American Criminal Justice Association /Lambda Alpha Epsilon, the Investigator’s Club, the Corrections Club, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society/Alpha Phi Sigma, the Concert Safety Corps, the International Society for Pre-Law/Phi Alpha Delta, and the Minorities in Blue. Participation in student organizations gives students additional learning opportunities outside of the classroom; fraternal opportunities; and, in some cases, practical experience.

Department Minors

  • Corrections
  • Criminalistics
  • Fire Administration
  • Fire Science
  • Homeland Security
  • Law Enforcement and Justice Administration
  • Legal Studies
  • Security Administration

Additional Resources

career fair

Annual Law Enforcement and Justice Administration career fairs provide an opportunity for internships and future careers.

Internship Program

LEJA majors are required to complete a one-semester internship with a public or private criminal justice or private security organization. Internships may be done at the local, state, or federal levels. Students will spend 40 hours per week as an observer/participant in the organization. The internship provides firsthand practical experience that allows students to link education with practice. In many cases, the internship has also led to employment after graduation.

Possible Careers in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Upon completion of the degree, graduates become eligible for a diverse array of criminal justice positions. Past graduates have gone on to successful careers in professions such as municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement; homeland security; corrections; probation; parole; court services; private security; and the fire services.

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration (LEJA) Courses

Please refer to the undergraduate catalog for detailed program information and course requirements.

101 Survey of Criminal Justice. (3) Administration of justice in the United States with emphasis on the total system of police, courts, corrections; loss prevention, and principles of law. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. IAI: CRJ 901.

201 Juvenile Justice. (3) Definitions of delinquent behavior; development and trends in the juvenile court movement; laws and procedures; the adjudication process—philosophy and practices; causation, prevention, treatment, and control. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisite: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better. IAI: CRJ 914.

202 Introduction to Corrections. (3) Study of the history, theory, and practice of probation, parole, and correctional institutions, exploration of punishment rehabilitation, and correctional policies. Prerequisite: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better; permission of the instructor.

205 Traffic Administration. (3) Basic principles of traffic control, education, engineering, and enforcement; practical applications to traffic control and administration; current research techniques. Prerequisite: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better.

208 Security Methods and Technologies. (3) Establishes a critical understanding of security, lifesafety devices, equipment, and technologies integrated into a total protection approach for reducing risks and preventing organizational losses. Discussion centers on CPTED strategies, risk assessments, surveillance, detection systems, and various physical controls.

212 Criminal Law. (3) The study of legal terminology and definitions of crimes, criminal procedures, criminal responsibility, analysis of crimes and their proof in the context of practical fact situations. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisite: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better.

230 (Formerly LEJA 330) Principles of Terrorism. (3) Overview of terrorism, including: definition, root causes, ideologies, historical and current perspectives, modus operandi and targets, radicalization and recruitment, terrorist group structures, terrorists in the economic system, domestic and international terrorist groups, state sponsors, and counterterrorism.

231 (Formerly LEJA 331) Homeland Security Entities. (3) Overview of homeland security and its implications. Administrative, legislative, and operational entities developed for the protection of the United States. Strengths and weaknesses of this framework are addressed. The roles of industry and non-profits in homeland security framework are discussed.

255 Crime Scene Investigation. (3) Criminalistics overview addressing law enforcement responsibilities for and activities of crime scene investigation, evidence collection, and applicable forensic sciences. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisite: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better, or permission of the instructor.

300 Writing in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. (3) Instruction and experiences in writing professional criminal justice reports. Prerequisites: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better, ENG 280, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

302 CJ Research Methods. (3) This introductory criminal justice course examines the procedures and principles involved in experimental, quasiexperimental, correlational, and other research. Problem formulation, literature review, measurement issues, sampling, research design, data analysis, and report writing using APA format will be explored. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisites: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

303 Quantitative Techniques for Criminal Justice. (3) Introduction to statistical methods useful for analyzing data most often encountered in criminal justice research. Students will conduct data analysis using computer software with the emphasis on the proper application and understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics for policy-making purposes. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisites: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better, any WIU or IAI General Education mathematics course (MATH 101, 102, 123, or STAT 171), and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

306 Organization and Administration in Criminal Justice. (3) Fundamental overview of criminal justice organization and administration; organization structure, demands, and situations; emphasis on the role of the criminal justice administrator in policy formulation in the community. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisites: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

307 Police Supervision. (3) The purpose of the course is to ensure those going into law enforcement careers know what is expected of supervisors and to help prepare students for promotion. Understanding supervision principles will prepare students to carry out job duties properly. Prerequisites: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

309 Security Administration and Management. (3) Emphasis on security leadership and management skills necessary for risk-based protection within public and private security sectors. Subject areas include risk identification; operational effectiveness; internal investigations; and risk management principles needed for total assets protection within a global business environment. Prerequisite: LEJA 208 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

312 Criminal Procedure. (3) Emphasis on constitutional rights; related responsibility of police; special emphasis on amendments to the Constitution as related to the rights of the individual. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisites: LEJA 212 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

313 Correctional Law. (3) Introduction to legal issues in corrections, with an emphasis on civil and criminal liability for correctional staff and administrators regarding prisoners’ rights. Prerequisites: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better; permission of the instructor.

332 Terrorism Financing and Responses. (3) Provides an overview of terror financing activities and industry, government, and non-governmental responses. The critical nature of financing schemes, disparate methodologies, and costs associated with terrorism will be identified. Connections with other criminal activity and global responses will be analyzed. Prerequisites: LEJA 230 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

345 Diversity, Ethics, and Professionalism in Criminal Justice. (3) This course is designed to familiarize students with concepts related to cultural diversity and the ethics/morality of criminal justice practitioners in the U.S. It identifies specific issues that are recurrent and problematic and suggests possible solutions for practitioners. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisites: LEJA 306 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

355 Basics of Criminal Investigation. (3) Examination of the history, basic techniques, analysis, and procedures unique to criminal investigations in the law enforcement field. Prerequisites: LEJA 255 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

357 Theories of Crime. (3) An interdisciplinary overview of criminological theories with an emphasis on the causes of crime, the etiology of criminal offenses and offenders, and how each affects evidence-based policy, research, and regulations in the field of criminal justice. LEJA majors must earn a grade of C or better in this course. Prerequisites: LEJA 101 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

404 Independent Study. (1–3, repeatable to 9) Individual selected program of supervised group or individual study dealing with some phase of criminal justice administration. Open only to qualified students. Prerequisites: approval of LEJA director and instructor, senior standing, and a C+ overall GPA prior to enrollment.

412 Evidence. (3) Advanced study of criminal law and procedure; concentration on evidence rules; trial procedure, testifying, rules of admissibility of evidence into trial, pre-trial discovery. Prerequisites: LEJA 312 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

413 Civil Law. (3) The study of civil law and procedure; problems of citizen arrest, search, and interrogations. Emphasis on criminal/civil liability of private employers and employees for enforcement, protection, and investigatory activities. Prerequisites: LEJA 312 with a grade of C or better, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

414 Legal Aspects of Homeland Security and Terrorism. (3) This course covers the legal aspects of terrorism and homeland security including domestic, foreign, and international legislation and cases. Other civil and criminal legal matters and public policy relating to terrorism/homeland security will be addressed. Prerequisites: LEJA 231 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

415 Privacy, Technology, and Law. (3) This course examines the controversial developments in technology, legislative enactments, and governmental policy that challenge and shape traditional expectations of privacy. Surveillance strategies impacting public safety, health, law enforcement, consumer and personal selections, property rights, and family matters are discussed. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

416 Terrorism and Law Enforcement. (3) Discusses law enforcement risks and responses in relation to terrorist activities. Counterterrorism policing theories and U.S. law enforcement experiences with terrorism are addressed. Law enforcement experiences overseas are shared. Case studies in this realm are analyzed. Prerequisites: LEJA 230 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

417 International Studies in Criminal Justice. (3-6, repeatable to 9 with different locations) Integrates the study of international criminal justice with student international travel to countries selected for the course. Focuses on preparing students for global environment of the 21st Century by providing first-hand knowledge of different cultures. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of the instructor and director.

430 White-Collar Crime. (3) Analysis of types of white-collar crime (occupational, economic, political, and corporate). Emphasis also on statutes, investigation, and sentencing of offenders. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

431 Organized Crime. (3) Historical and contemporary review of organized criminal groups with emphasis on structure and range of activities. Analysis of laws and successful investigations and prosecutions of organized crime figures and families. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

440 Seminar on Current Issues in Policing. (3) Discussion of specific problems of police in contemporary American society. Emphasis on historical roots, current issues in policing, policing as a profession, and various components of police organizations. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: LEJA 255 with a grade of C or better, LEJA 306 with a grade of C or better, ENG 280, and junior standing; or permission of instructor.

441 Seminar on Current Issues in the Court System. (3) Examination of the structure and functions of courts, including informal and formal aspects of judicial process. Emphasis on organizational as well as legal roles. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: LEJA 201 with a grade of C or better, LEJA 212 with a grade of C or better, ENG 280, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

442 Seminar on Current Issues in Corrections. (3) Ideological and pragmatic justification for punishment and imprisonment; sentencing trends and alternatives to incarceration; organization and management of correctional institutions; inmate life, prisonization; treatment and custody; discharge and parole. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: LEJA 201 with a grade of C or better, ENG 280, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

443 Seminar on Current Issues in Security. (3) Discussion of cutting-edge protection requirements, trends, and movements in the public and private sectors. Emphasis on results-oriented security management practices using comprehensive protection plans designed to reduce organizational risks and vulnerabilities. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: LEJA 208 and 309 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

444 Seminar on Current Issues in Probation and Parole. (3) The process of probation and parole in terms of its historical development, philosophy, and standards. Concepts and problems in administration, organization, investigation, and supervision. Selection and discharge process will be examined. Writing Instruction in the Disciplines (WID) course. Prerequisites: LEJA 201 with a grade of C or better, ENG 280, and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

455 Advanced Criminal Investigation. (3) Course explores specialized information and techniques in dealing with victims with trauma, various detection and deception methods as they relate to interrogation, profiling, and crime classification. Prerequisites: LEJA 355 and junior standing; or permission of the instructor.

490 Internship in Law Enforcement. (12) Offcampus practical work experience in an appropriate field. Seminars and written reports required. Prerequisites: Approval of the internship coordinator or chair and 2.25 GPA overall and a 2.50 GPA in LEJA major at time of application (semester prior to internship), and during internship. Internship application must be made during the first month of the semester prior to actual internship (i.e., Spring internship—application made in September; Summer/ Fall internship—application made in January). Internship application is made by attending a mandatory internship meeting the semester prior to the internship. Corequisite: LEJA 491. Graded S/U only.

491 Internship Summary. (3) Projects designed to bring together all experiences acquired during internship for discussion and analysis. A complete overview of the criminal justice system as observed by interns. Corequisite: LEJA 490.

495 Seminar in Criminal Justice. (1–3, repeatable to 6) Study of specific criminal justice topics not covered in-depth within the current Law Enforcement and Justice Administration curriculum. Topic(s) to be announced prior to enrollment. Prerequisite: open only to junior and senior students; permission of the instructor and director prior to enrollment.

497 Senior Comprehensive Exam. (0) A comprehensive exam administered to all seniors majoring in Law Enforcement and Justice Administration. Prerequisite: senior standing. Graded S/U only.

499 Honors Internship Project. (3) The preparation of a major written work involving analysis of appropriate scholarly literature applied within the context of the internship experience. Corequisite: LEJA 490.

Contact Information

School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Jill Joline Myers, J.D., Director
Email: JJ-Myers@wiu.edu
Location: Stipes Hall 403
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1038

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Website

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Directory

College of Education & Human Services (COEHS)

Dr. Erskine Smith, Dean
Email: ER-Smith@wiu.edu
COEHS Email: coehs@wiu.edu
Location: Horrabin Hall 117G
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455-1390
Phone: (309) 298-1690

COEHS Website

Law Enforcement and Justice Administration Advising

Stacy Dorsett
Horrabin Hall 91
Phone: (309) 298-1438
Email: SE-Dorsett@wiu.edu

Donna Bradford
Horrabin Hall 91
Phone: (309) 298-1438
Email: DK-Bradford@wiu.edu

Phoebe Wilson
Horrabin Hall 91
Phone: (309) 298-1438
Email: PV-Wilson@wiu.edu

Monica Eskridge
Horrabin Hall 91
Phone: (309) 298-1438
Email: MJ-Eskridge@wiu.edu

Horrabin Hall