Pastoral Leadership

The Pastoral Leadership concentration provides adults learners a foundation in criminal justice theory and practice, with an emphasis on ethics and social justice. This program is ideal for adults seeking job opportunities in criminal justice leadership and advocacy roles.

Program Requirements

The BA in Criminal Justice with Pastoral Leadership concentration comprises 120 credit hours. Evening/weekend classes in both traditional (on-campus) and online formats are available.

I. Criminal Justice Major Courses: 36 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 205 Research Methods
  • CJC 3XX
  • CJC 399 Capstone Course

   Select one of the following courses: 3 credit hours

  • CJC 322 Criminal Law
  • CJC 323 Criminal Procedure

  Four CJC Electives: 12 credit hours

II. SCPS Requirements: 6 credit hours

  • CPST 200 Introduction to Degree Completion
  • CPST 201 Professional Identity and Development
  • CPST 397 Capstone

III. Concentration

Students may choose one of the following concentrations:

III. Pastoral Leadership Concentration

  • PSYC 338: Psychology of Personality
  • COMM 231: Conflict Management and Communication
  • IPS 570: Introduction to Theology and Ministry

Choose three of the following courses*:

  • IPS 610: Foundations of Social Justice
  • IPS 620: Diversity and Equity
  • IPS 660: Leadership in Social Justice Organizations
  • IPS 416: Christian Origins: An Exploration of the New Testament
  • IPS 417: Literature of Ancient Israel
  • IPS 402: The Church and Its Mission

* These courses double-count towards your MA in Pastoral Studies curriculum as well.

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.

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