Saturday FASTRACK Degrees in Vernon Hills

Loyola’s Cuneo Mansion and Gardens, conveniently located in Vernon Hills, offers career-focused degrees specifically for working adults. In the Saturday FASTRACK program, where classes build on the best of on-site and online learning, you’ll complete your degree or enhance your credentials. 

Overview

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies incorporates coursework from a variety of disciplines to build a degree with a wide spectrum of applications.  The program focuses on a combination of applied, practical, and global skills, as well as career preparation. Courses allow students to build on their experience and gain a well-rounded skill set to complement the professional experience they already possess while developing  critical thinking across a wide range of disciplines including business, communication, global studies, marketing, and writing. Courses are offered on an eight-week accelerated schedule. Students have the flexibility of five enrollment start dates over the course of the academic year (including summer courses). 

Concentrations

The Bachelor of Arts in Applied Studies program offers subjects areas in which students can focus their learning. Concentration areas include:

  • Business Communication
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Finance/Economics
  • Organizational Development and Leadership
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Paralegal
  • Individualized
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Public Relations in a Digital World
  • Social Services and Non-Profit Management

Curriculum

As a graduate of this program you will:

  • Identify and apply basic communication theories in personal and professional settings
  • Improve quality and effectiveness of  business writing
  • Learn to effectively communicate, collaborate, and lead within a structured organization
  • Develop a greater understanding of the role of business applications and practices in an organization
  • Identify and build upon your personal skill set

Overview

This accelerated program, founded on responsible leadership and decision making, takes a broad approach to the study of management. Students can focus in one of six concentration areas:

  • Business Communication
  • Corporate and Organizational Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Finance/Economics
  • Organizational Development and Leadership
  • Organizational Psychology
  • Paralegal
  • Individualized
  • Pastoral Leadership
  • Public Relations in a Digital World
  • Social Services and Non-Profit Management

 Benefits of the BA in Management program:

  • A solid foundation in management principles and applications, critical thinking, and ethical fundamentals
  • Skills that can impact your career immediately
  • An accelerated course format and convenient evening and weekend classes
  • On-campus and online courses
  • Accommodation of transfer credits

 As a graduate of this program, you will: 

  • Apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills to solve common workplace issues
  • See how organizations can benefit from individuals’ work experiences 
  • Expand your knowledge of common business applications, effective communication, team building, and ethical leadership
  • Learn new project management strategies

Overview
Loyola University Chicago’s Institute for Paralegal Studies offers a comprehensive bachelor of arts and post-baccalaureate paralegal certificate programs approved by the American Bar Association. A prominent presence in the legal community for almost 100 years, Loyola began educating paralegals in 1991. Applicants to the certificate program must have a bachelor’s degree, or have completed 90 credit hours toward a BA in Loyola’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Bachelor of Arts Program
This Bachelor of Arts in Paralegal Studies is especially relevant for students who have already earned paralegal credits or completed a paralegal program at a community college. Many courses are transferrable, though 50% of credits toward the paralegal major must be earned at Loyola. This degree also provides a broad liberal arts background.

Outcomes
The primary goal of the program is to prepare students to work as assistants to attorneys. Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public except as authorized by law.

Students will also cultivate these core paralegal competencies:

  • Develop an understanding of the law, the legal and paralegal professions, and the legal process, including the use of technology.
  • Acquire practical, technical skills as well as a basic knowledge of legal theory, and specialized competency in specific areas of the chosen concentration.
  • Demonstrate competence in legal research and writing, problem analysis, and critical thinking.
  • Display an awareness of ethical, moral, and social issues that contain legal implications, as well as knowledge of the standards of conduct expected of the legal community.

Classes meet once a week for each 8-week session. Five 8-week sessions are offered each year, and students may begin the program in any session. The entire program may be completed in the evening; day sections of some courses are also available.

The Institute for Paralegal Studies offers an optional internship program to provide students with practical, on-the-job experience under the supervision of the director and an on-site attorney or paralegal supervisor. 

Real outcomes, faster completion
Finish your degree on time and on your schedule. As a student in the Saturday FASTRACK program, you’ll gain real-life skills that empower you in your career and increase your value in the job market. You’ll develop critical and strategic thinking skills, understand organizational structure, and become a powerful communicator.

Adult-focused
You’ll learn with peers, working adults like yourself, who share many of the same life experiences and workplace responsibilities. You’ll collaborate as a team, solving real-life problems and practicing skills you can directly apply to your career. Get college credit for professional life experiences—Loyola recognizes your past accomplishments, saving you both time and money. Our staff can assist you with career coaching, networking, alumni mentoring, and job search assistance.

Convenience
Loyola’s Saturday FASTRACK program is located in Vernon Hills, so you don’t have to travel downtown to get a world-class education. In addition, some courses are offered online, so you can attend class from home, the office, or wherever your schedule takes you.

Schedule
Courses are offered on an eight-week, alternating weekend schedule, with classes every Saturday, from 9 a.m.to noon. Students have the flexibility of five enrollment start dates over the course of the academic year as well as the option of completing the program completely online, or with blended on-site and online courses.

Learn more about faculty, curriculum, and how to apply.