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Criminal Justice

AREA CHAIR: William E. Thornton, Ph.D., Office: 104 Stallings Hall
PROFESSORS: Dee W. Harper, William E. Thornton, Lydia Voigt

In cooperation with the Department of Criminal Justice located in City College, the College of Arts and Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. The degree program combines a strong theoretical foundation in criminology, law, juvenile delinquency, and deviant behavior with practical courses in criminal law, criminal procedure and evidence, forensics, and crime analysis. The program is designed to provide a broad based education for those individuals already in the criminal justice field, as well as those preparing to enter the profession. Many students find that the bachelor’s degree in criminal justice offers a solid foundation for further studies at the graduate level (M.A. and Ph.D.), including the study of law. Loyola University New Orleans began its criminal justice degree program in 1960. It is the oldest program in the state of Louisiana. Since that time, the program has graduated hundreds of students with criminal justice degrees. Loyola’s criminal justice program is distinctive in a variety of ways. The program is firmly grounded in the liberal arts, emphasizing strong writing skills, developing tools for critical analysis, and providing exposure to studies in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. The criminal justice program requires students to elect courses from psychology, sociology, political science, and organizational behavior that will strengthen their understanding of underlying issues and problems. The program has a strong social science research component, which provides students with the skills to conduct original research, to evaluate the effectiveness of criminal justice programs, to critique agency-generated research, and to write grant proposals. The program is rigorous and yet flexible enough to allow students to personalize their studies to meet their own interests and needs.


Major courses 24 credit hours
CRJU C105: Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU C110: Criminology: Fundamentals (or SOCI A215: Criminal Behavior) 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU C218: Criminal Procedure 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU C250: Juvenile Delinquency (or SOCI A315: Delinquency and Justice) 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU C300: Research Methods–Criminology 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU C330: Correctional Institutions 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU C365: Program Planning and Evaluation in Criminal Justice 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU C405: Criminal Law 3 cr. hrs.
SOCI C275: Deviant Behavior 3 cr. hrs.
Major electives 12 credit hours
Adjunct Courses 9 credit hours
CRJU C260: Statistics in Criminal Justice 3 cr. hrs.
PSYC Elective 3 cr. hrs.
SOCI Elective 3 cr. hrs.
Common Curriculum 48 credit hours
Foreign Language 6 credit hours
General Electives 21 credit hours
TOTAL: 120 credit hours

Specific Common Curriculum requirements are given in the beginning of this chapter under Curriculum Design. Refer to A&S Common Curriculum in index for page number.

(View City College Core Curriculum Requirements.)

Updated August 2, 2005