Curriculum

Loyola’s online Bachelor of Criminology & Justice consists of 120 credit hours, which includes:

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

Major Courses (40 credits)

CRIM A105: Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems (3 crs.)

This course introduces the student to how the justice system works in America. It begins with a discussion of the underlying rationale for punishment of crime and then addresses all components of the criminal justice system including law enforcement, the judiciary, and corrections. Topics discussed include police, role of the attorney, bail, criminal trial, sentencing, corrections, and post-conviction remedies.

CRIM A110: Criminology: Fundamentals (3 crs.)

This course is a survey of basic topics and problems related to the discipline of criminology, such as the nature of crime in America and other countries crime statistics, and selected criminological theories. It serves as an introduction to the systematic study of crime, criminals, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system.

CRIM A300: Research Methods– Criminology (3 crs.)

This course focuses on research in the fields of criminology and criminal justice and includes developing a theoretical explanation for why problems exist, techniques of literature review, methodological designs, collecting information that will verify or refute the explanation of problems, and then analyzing, presenting and interpreting this information. Specific techniques for data collection, analysis, and presentation will be covered in the course.
Corequisite: CRIM A302

CRIM A302: Research Methods in Criminology Lab (1 cr.)

This lab is a co-requisite for CRIM A300 Research Methods in Criminology and provides an opportunity to apply the knowledge from class. The lab focuses on the description of and explanation for methodological approaches in the criminological and criminal justice literature, as well as on identification of strengths, weaknesses and alternative techniques.
Corequisite: CRIM A300

CRIM A425: Seminar on Major Works in Criminology (3 crs.)

Students are engaged to think critically and analytically by reading, understanding, and evaluating the original works of criminological scholars and exemplars; students will learn to appreciate the social, political, and theoretical contexts that ‘situate’ key ideas that have shaped societies’ understandings of what crime is, the causes of crime, response to crime, and punishment of crime. Class discussions examine the impact of scholarly works on the fields of courts, policing, and corrections.

For the remainder of Major course credits, students will choose courses in the following areas:

  • Criminological Analysis (3 crs.)
  • Law (3 crs.)
  • Victimology/Victim Services (3 crs.)
  • Administration of Justice (3 crs.)
  • Corrections (3 crs.)
  • *Criminology Electives (12 crs.)

*Electives can be either Criminology and Justice electives, Forensic Science electives, a capstone project, or an internship approved by the advisor.

Adjunct Courses (7 credits)

CRIM A260: Statistics in Criminal Justice (3 crs.)

This course examines descriptive, inferential, and multivariate statistics employed in criminology and criminal justice research about the nature of crimes, criminals, and the criminal justice system. Statistical packages such as SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) are employed in the course to aid students in the calculation and interpretation of key statistical techniques commonly employed in the field.
Corequisite: CRIM A262

CRIM A262: Statistics in Criminal Justice Lab (1 cr.)

This lab is a co-requisite for CRIM A260 Statistics in Criminal Justice and provides an opportunity to apply the skills learned in the class. The lab focuses on the identification of statistical techniques in the criminological and criminal justice literature, explanation for the use of specific techniques and interpretation of quantitative results.
Corequisite: CRIM A260

Psychology or Sociology Elective (3 crs.)

Loyola Core Courses (30 credits)

The goal of the Loyola Core is to foster students’ competency in five key areas:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Effective Communication
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Information Literacy
  • Ethical Reasoning

To help students develop these competencies, the Loyola Core embraces an interdisciplinary approach to learning with an emphasis on the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and social scientific, the humanistic, and the artistic.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses should be taken in your first year at Loyola and include:

  • English – Critical Reading & Writing
  • Math Models, Finite Math, or Calculus
  • Science Process – Investigating Nature

Knowledge & Values Courses

Students complete courses in the following 7 categories:

  • Creative Arts & Cultures
  • History – Emerging World or Modern
  • Philosophy I: Introduction to the Philosophy of Reasoning
  • Religious Studies I: Christian Traditions
  • Religious Studies II: World Religions or Philosophy II: Philosophy of Knowledge & Morality
  • Social Science
  • Writing About Literature

General Elective Courses (43 credits)

The online Bachelor of Criminology & Justice program requires 43 credits of general electives. There is a wide range of online elective courses to choose from in other departments.