Loyola’s online Associate of Arts in Criminology & Justice consists of 60 credit hours, which includes:

  • 24 hours of Major courses
  • 36 hours of Loyola Core courses

You can also download the degree program course listing (DPCL) to view program requirements in a helpful worksheet format.

Major Courses (24 credits)

Major Core Courses (6 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, the crime statistics of other countries, and selected criminological theories. It serves as an introduction to the systematic study of crime, criminals, criminal behavior, and the criminal justice system.

Major Elective Courses (18 credits)

The online Associate of Arts in Criminology & Justice program requires 18 credit hours of criminal justice electives. Available electives cover a broad range of topics, such as criminological analysis, law, victimology/victim services, administration of justice, corrections, policing, and forensics. Potential courses include:

  • Deviant Behavior
  • Gangs and Criminal Networks
  • Criminal Evidence
  • Women and Crime
  • Ethics and Politics in Criminal Justice
  • Correctional Institutions
  • Police Community Relations
  • Probation and Parole
  • Offenders with Mental Illness

Loyola Core Courses (36 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 balance: the spiritual and intellectual, the moral and ethical, the natural and scientific, the humanistic and artistic.

Foundation Courses

Foundation courses should be taken within three online sessions at Loyola and include:

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

Knowledge & Values Courses

Students complete courses in the following categories:

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