Law Enforcement and Justice Administration

Mission & Vision

Message From the Director

Dr.  Jill Joline Myers, Professor  & Director, The School of LEJA

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 15 percent of the student enrollment on campus, 18 percent of the Centennial Honor’s College, and the School places more interns in the field than any other department at WIU. The SLEJA has been identified as a signature program at Western Illinois University.

The School has a 44 year history of offering students Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees. In addition to the major, the School currently offers six minors at the undergraduate level; Law Enforcement and Justice Administration, Fire Science, Fire Administration, Homeland Security, Private Security Administration, and Legal Studies. The School is especially excited about the two new majors we are now offering, Fire Science and Fire Administration.  More information on Fire Safety Degree Programs. Courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels are offered on the Macomb and Quad Cities campuses and the Master’s degree is also offered at numerous external sites, including the Chicago, Springfield, and Quad Cities areas.

The strength of the program is directly attributed to the outstanding faculty. The School has a diverse faculty which includes a strong international component. Faculty members within the School come from a wide array of criminal justice and public safety occupations and professions. As such, they do a tremendous job of linking theory with practice. At the heart of our philosophy is a commitment to our students. The faculty strives to guide students’ intellectual development to the highest degree, and our curriculum is constantly infused with new ideas and perspectives.


The mission of the School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration is to provide quality, broad-based, interdisciplinary courses which provide students with the educational tools necessary to meet the challenges of the criminal justice system. Please review the contents of this web site and the various links to maximize your educational experiences. Additionally, make sure you take full advantage of your WIU issued email account, as it is your vital link to the School of LEJA. Please review the contents of this web site and the various links to maximize your educational experience. Whether you are a new student or a returning student, the faculty and staff will do everything to make your educational experience at WIU a rewarding and memorable one.