Bachelor of Criminology & Justice

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

Keeping people safe; making the world a better place — these are complex goals and begin with addressing the roots of crime. Justice is about working toward equality, developing effective crime prevention and intervention strategies, understanding the consequences of crime for victims and society, and the developing the best strategies for rehabilitation for offenders. We must think critically about our current structures and policies, push for reform where we can be better, and continue working toward a more just world.

Loyola’s online criminal justice degree 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. This program prepares students for a variety of careers in criminal justice.

Criminology and justice is a comprehensive field that covers the nature of crime, justice as a social good, and the ways to deter and mitigate unlawful behavior. 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.

Included Coursework

Deviant Behavior

This course critically examines deviant behavior in complex, industrial societies. Coursework emphasizes the causes and consequences of deviant behavior and the social relations and processes associated with the more common forms of deviant and criminal expression within America and other industrial societies. Students will also learn the fundamentals of selected criminological theories.

Offenders with Mental Illness

The overall goal of this course is to better understand how some people with mental illness became offenders with mental illness and the criminal justice system’s response to this group. Consistent with the overall goal of the course, the objectives of this course are to gain knowledge of deinstitutionalization, the effects of this process on people with mental illness, the ways the criminal justice system has met the challenge of offenders with mental illness, and the efficacy of programs and policies meant to reverse the trend of criminalization.

Cybercrime, Technology, and Social Change

This course covers crime, victimization, and criminality associated with the emerging technologies that mediate our social relationships, and the massive legal and societal changes as a result of the increased adoption of technologies by society.


  • Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems
  • Criminology: Fundamentals
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods Lab
  • Seminar-Major Works in Criminology
  • Criminological Analysis
  • Law
  • Victimology/Victim Services
  • Administration of Justice
  • Corrections
  • Stats in Criminal Justice
  • Stats in Criminal Justice Lab
  • Major Electives (5 courses, examples above)
  • Loyola Core
  • General Electives

Potential Employers

  • The FBI
  • The CIA
  • The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigrations and Customs Enforcement

Students completing this program will have the knowledge and skills they need for rewarding careers in a variety of settings. Many of our graduates work in law enforcement at the local or federal level.

Our program develops transferable critical thinking skills that can be applied to other settings, like business and nonprofit organizations.