Criminal Justice

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Learn, Serve, Protect

Our nation needs qualified and talented people to serve in our criminal justice workforce. These careers are exciting and fast-paced. Criminal justice careers range from police officers patrolling and protecting our neighborhoods, and detectives who investigate crimes, to crime laboratory technicians responsible for analyzing evidence, federal agents working in investigation and homeland security, 911 operators, as well as correctional officers who work in our nation’s prisons. In short, in the criminal justice field, there are many different ways for you to help make a difference in your community.

Whether you want to enter this exciting field, or advance your current career, Prairie State College (PSC) has the classes that you need. Through an Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.), a Technical Certificate, or an Associate in Arts (A.A.) transfer degree that will help lead you to a Bachelor's Degree in criminal justice, you can be a part of a growing profession that will help you attain your career goals, and at the same time, help make our communities better.

Proficiency Credit Available

PSC offers proficiency credit for many of our criminal justice classes to full-time active duty police officers based upon previous experience and professional training. Consult with the criminal justice program coordinator, or an advisor for more information.

Degrees and Certificates

View the curriculum for each program in the current Academic Catalog. You can also access the entire catalog online. An archive of previous catalogs and addenda is also available.

Please visit Career Programs and Transfer Degrees, where you will find information describing the requirements needed to complete a degree or certificate.


A listing of course descriptions is available in the current Academic Catalog. For a listing of when courses are offered, consult the current course schedule or WebAdvisor.

Faculty and Classes

PSC criminal justice professors have professional experience and expertise in the field. Students benefit from their knowledge and skill, learning in modern classrooms and computer labs. Classes are conveniently scheduled with flexible course offerings available.

Emeritus Faculty

Kenneth O'Keefe

Kenneth O'Keefe
Associate Professor, Criminal Justice
Office 2150

Mr. O'Keefe holds an M.S. in Corrections and Criminal Justice from Chicago State University, and a B.A. from Governors State University. He is also a graduate of the FBI National Academy in Quantico, VA. During his 30 years of service in law enforcement, he gained experience as a patrol officer, detective, youth officer, sergeant, commander, and served three years as a Chief of Police. Mr. O'Keefe is also a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police.

Adjunct Faculty

A number of dedicated and experienced adjunct faculty members offer criminal justice courses at PSC. Adjunct faculty can be reached via the contact information you will receive the first day of class. You may also try stopping by the Adjunct Faculty Office, located on the fourth floor of Main Building in room 4195, when your professor is on campus.

Contact the Criminal Justice Program

For general information about criminal justice courses offered in the Social Sciences Department, please contact the current Social Sciences Department Chair or Coordinator. Contact information can be found in the college’s staff directory, or by contacting Peggy Jones, Administrative Assistant, Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, (708) 709-3537.