Loyola’s Bachelor of Criminology & Justice was recently ranked the 13th Best Criminology Bachelor’s in the nation by College Choice.


For information on the Master of Criminology & Justice, click here.


Keeping people safe; making the world a better place — these are complex goals and begin with addressing the roots of crime and working towards equality.  Criminal justice professionals make these lofty goals their personal mission by developing effective crime prevention and intervention strategies, understanding the consequences of crime for victims and society, and working towards justice policies that rehabilitate offenders and improve our society as a whole.

Loyola University New Orleans now offers a 100% online Bachelor of Criminology & Justice that features a strong social science research component that allows students to take a deep dive into the field. Students learn how to conduct original research and critique agency-generated research in order to see the bigger picture.  Students are encouraged to ask questions about our social structures as a whole, not only to understand the implications that these constructs have on crime, but also to learn how we can make the world a better place.

Program Requirements

Loyola’s online Bachelor of Criminology & Justice consists of 120 credit hours taken as follows:

  • 40 hours of Major courses
  • 7 hours of adjunct courses
  • 30 hours of Loyola Core courses
  • 43 hours of general electives

Major courses include:

  • Police Administration
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Criminal Evidence

For a full list of courses and course descriptions, visit the curriculum page. You can also download the degree program course listing (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences serves as the anchor of the Loyola academic experience and provides all students with a foundation in knowledge through teaching and scholarship within and across the liberal arts and sciences.

Providing a holistic education rooted in Jesuit tradition, the College prepares students to lead meaningful lives with and for others; to appreciate and contribute to global cultures; to think critically and make decisions for the common good; and to have a commitment to the Ignatian belief of a life of justice and service to others.

Department of Criminology Mission Statement

The Department of Criminology and Justice has a long-standing commitment to improving the quality of justice through education, research, and public service. The faculty of the Department of Criminology and Justice recognizes its mission as threefold.

  1. Offering its majors a state-of-the-art education in criminology and justice by providing them with a comprehensive and critical understanding of the criminal justice system and the society in which it functions.
  2. Addressing the special needs of adult learners and to preparing students to move into criminal justice careers or postgraduate work as liberally educated, intellectually mature, ethically aware, and culturally sensitive citizens.
  3. Fostering a lifelong commitment to thinking critically and acting justly.

In order to accomplish its mission, the Department of Criminology and Justice pledges:

  • To provide a state-of-the-art curriculum and educational environment
  • To foster the talent development of students, faculty, and staff
  • To promote each student’s capacity for self-directed, lifelong learning
  • To honor the Ignatian tradition of educating the whole person by developing both cognitive and humane skills
  • To inspire a sense of pride in being an alumnus or alumna of the Criminology and Justice Department at Loyola University New Orleans