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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin

CHAIR: William E. Thornton, Ph.D., Office: 124 Stallings Hall
PROFESSORS: Dee W. Harper, William E. Thornton, Lydia Voigt
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS: Patrick D. Walsh, Vincenzo A. Sainato, Rae Taylor
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT:  David M. Aplin, Office: 122 Stallings Hall

Management of the Criminal Justice program and its curriculum and the curriculum for the minor in Forensic Science are the direct responsibility of the Department of Criminal Justice as a member of the College of Social Sciences. 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 the1960's. 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, and political science 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 105: Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU 110: Criminology--Fundamentals (or SOCI A215: Criminal Behavior) 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU 218: Criminal Procedure 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU 250: Juvenile Delinquency (or SOCI A315: Delinquency and Justice) 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU 275: Deviant Behavior 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU 300: Research Methods–Criminology 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU 330: Correctional Institutions 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU 365: Program Planning and Evaluation in Criminal Justice 3 cr. hrs.
CRJU 405: Criminal Law 3 cr. hrs.
Major electives 9 credit hours
Adjunct Courses 9 credit hours
CRJU 260: 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

(View College of Social Sciences Common Curriculum Requirements.)



  Major Courses 36 Credits
CRJU 105 Introduction to Criminal Justice Systems 3 Credits
CRJU 110 Criminology--Fundamentals (or SOCI A215: Criminal Behavior) 3 Credits
CRJU 218 Criminal Procedure 3 Credits
CRJU 250 Juvenile Delinquency (or SOCI A315: Delinquency and Justice) 3 Credits
CRJU 275 Deviant Behavior 3 Credits
CRJU 300 Research Methods - Criminology 3 Credits
CRJU 330 Correctional Institutions 3 Credits
CRJU 365 Program Planning and Evaluation in Criminal Justice 3 Credits
CRJU 405 Criminal Law
3 Credits
  CRJU Major Electives 9 Credits
  Required Adjunct Courses 9 Credits
CRJU 260 Statistics in Criminal Justice 3 Credits
PSYC Elective 3 Credits
SOCI Elective 3 Credits
  Core Courses 42 Credits
  Electives 33 Credits
  Total 120 Credits

(View Core Curriculum Requirements for Nontraditional Students.)


  • Minor in Criminal Justice Curriculum
    The minor in criminal justice allows students majoring in other academic disciplines to explore criminal justice as a field of study.
    CRJU C105; CRJU C110 (or SOCI A215); CRJU C250 (or SOCI A315); CRJU C275; CRJU C300; Plus two additional criminal justice courses approved by the Department of Criminal Justice faculty.  (21 hrs.)
  • Minor in Forensic Science Curriculum
    The minor in forensic science allows students majoring in other academic disciplines to explore forensic science as a field of study.
    FRSC C100; FRSC C200; FRSC C201; FRSC C301; FRSC C498; plus any two additional forensic science-related courses.  Please see your Criminal Justice advisor.  (21 hrs.)

View Criminal Justice Course Descriptions

View Forensic Science Course Descriptions