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School of Continuing and Professional Studies

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The Bachelor's of Arts in Criminal Justice will prepare you to work in fields addressing the effects of criminality on individuals, communities, and society.

The Bachelor's of Arts in Criminal Justice will prepare you to work in fields addressing the effects of criminality on individuals, communities, and society.

I. Criminal Justice Major Courses: 36 credit hours

  • CJC 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJC 201 Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 202 Courts
  • CJC 203 Policing
  • CJC 204 Corrections
  • CJC 205 Research Methods

   Select one of the following courses: (3 credit hours)

  • CJC 322 Criminal Law
  • CJC 323 Criminal Procedure

  Select one of the following courses: (3 credit hours)     

  • CJC 390 Capstone Experience Internship
  • CJC 399 Capstone Course

  Four CJC Electives (12 credit hours)

II. SCPS Core: 9 credit hours

  • CPST 200 Introduction to Degree Completion
  • CPST 201 Professional Identity and Development
  • CPST 399 Capstone

III. Concentration

Students may choose one of the following concentrations:

  • COMM 103: Business and Professional Speaking
  • COMM 200: Communication & Technology
  • COMM 210: Public Relations
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management Communication
  • COMM 268: Persuasion
  • COMM 277: Organizational Communication
  • COMM 175: Introduction to Communication
  • COMM 200: Communication and New Media
  • COMM 206: Writing for the Web
  • COMM 215: Ethics in Communication
  • COMM 312: Special Events Planning
  • COMM 313: Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • FINC 215: Personal Finance
  • FINC 332: Business Finance
  • FINC 337: Banking, Money, Capital Markets
  • FINC 347: Financial Institutions

Choose two of the following courses (6 credit hours):

  • ECON 320: Urban Economics
  • ECON 323: International Economics
  • ECON 325: Economics of Development and Growth
  • ECON 328: Environmental Economics
  • ECON 329: Health Economics
  • ECON 355: Economics of Real Estate
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management and Communication
  • COMM 277: Organizational Communication
  • CPST 360: Organizational Development and Change
  • CPST 370: Leadership Theories and Applications
  • CPST 380: Leadership, Culture and Ethics
  • CPST 390: Organizational Theory and Practice

Students have the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Paralegal Studies as a part of degree completion. The following guidelines must be met before taking paralegal certificate courses:

  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 with a minimum of 12 Loyola hours completed
  • Within 44 hours of degree completion
  • A minimum of two completed courses total from the following: 
    - Any Literary Knowledge and Experience course
    - ENGL 310 Business and Professional Writing
  • At least three CPST-titled courses completed
  • An interview with the director of the Institute for Paralegal Studies

The requirements for the Certificate in Paralegal Studies can be found at here.

  • PSYC 338: Psychology of Personality
  • COMM 231: Communication and Conflict Management
  • IPS 570: Introduction to Theology and Ministry

Choose three of the following courses*:

  • IPS 610: Social Justice Foundations
  • IPS 620: Diversity and Equity
  • IPS 660: Leadership in Social Justice Organizations
  • IPS 416: Christian Origins: An Exploration of the New Testament
  • IPS 417: Literature of Ancient Israel
  • IPS 402: The Church and Its Mission

* These courses double-count towards your MA in Pastoral Studies curriculum as well.

  • COMM 175: Introduction to Communication
  • COMM 200: Communication and New Media
  • COMM 215: Ethics in Communication
  • COMM 210: Principles of Public Relations
  • COMM 288: Public Relations in a Digital World (New Course)
  • COMM 318: Public Relations Writing
  • SOWK 200: Introduction to Social Work
  • SOWK 201: Social Welfare Policy and Services I
  • SOWK 301: Social Work Methods I
  • SOWK 307: Social Welfare Policy and Services II
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management
  • PSYC 362: Industrial/Organizational Psychology

IV. University Core Requirements

What are employers looking for? Employers say they are looking for a demonstrated capacity in these areas:

  • think critically
  • communicate clearly
  • solve complex problems
  • ethical judgment and integrity
  • intercultural skills
  • the capacity for continued new learning
  • written and oral communication
  • applied knowledge in real-world settings
  • broad knowledge in the liberal arts and sciences

In the University Core you will further develop your skills. Learn more about University Core Requirements.

V. Electives

A total of 120 credits are required for the degree at Loyola University Chicago. Sources of the remaining credits can include courses offered in the SCPS 8-week session schedule or the 16-week semester schedule. Transfer credits (not already used in the major, concentration, or University Core), Prior Learning Assessment, CLEP, DSST, or ACE-evaluated credits (such as your military transcript) can all used to fulfill the remaining elective credit requirements that get you to 120 credits, subject to residency and other requirements.

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