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Loyola University Chicago

School of Continuing and Professional Studies

Criminal Justice

BA in Applied Studies

The Criminal Justice concentration is designed for BA in Applied Studies students interested in communication, the criminal justice system, organizational development and change and criminal courts. In this course, students will develop advanced skills in technical writing, policing and criminal law and procedure. This degree is ideal for students seeking careers in criminal court, corrections and as paralegals.

Requirements

The BA in Applied Studies with Corporate and Organizational Communication concentration comprises 120 credit hours. Courses in the Business Communication concentration are offered in accelerated, 8-week sessions. All courses are offered in the traditional (in-person) format with several courses available online.

I. Applied Studies Major: 24 credit hours

  • COMM 175: Introduction to Communication
  • CPST 310: Accounting Principles and Application
  • CPST 247: Computer Concepts and Applications
  • ECON 201 (or 202): Introduction to Microeconomics (or Macroeconomics)
  • STAT 103: Statistics

Writing Skills (choose one):

  • CPST 315: Technical Writing
  • ENGL 185: Creative Writing
  • ENGL 310: Advanced Writing

Communication Skills (choose one):

  • COMM 101: Public Speaking and Critical Thinking (meets IGEC requirement)
  • COMM 200: Communication and New Media
  • COMM 215: Ethics & Communication
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management and Communication
  • COMM 237: Small Group Communication
  • COMM 277: Organizational Communication

Theoretical Skills (choose one):

  • CPST 340: Marketing Concepts and Strategies
  • CPST 360: Development and Change in Organization
  • CPST 370: Leadership Theories and Application

II. Capstone: 3 credit hours

       CPST 397 Capstone Course

III. SCPS Common Curriculum: 6 credit hours

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

 

III. Criminal Justice Concentration: 24 credit hours

  • CJC 101: The Criminal Justice System
  • CJC 201: Theories of Criminal Behavior
  • CJC 202: Criminal Courts
  • CJC 203: Policing
  • CJC 204: Corrections
  • CJC 302: Juvenile Justice System
  • CJC 312: Popular Culture and the Criminal Justice System

Select one of the following courses:

  • CJC 322: Criminal Law
  • CJC 323: Criminal Procedure

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.

Next Steps

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