Criminal Justice, BACJ Flex-Track Degree for Adults

Offered in: Chicago | Roosevelt Online

The Flex-Track Program for Adults lets students earn their undergraduate degrees at an accelerated pace while balancing work and family commitments. Courses in the Flex-Track program are conveniently offered on-campus, online, and in “hybrid” mode (combining face-to-face meetings and online interactions). Courses are eight weeks in length, allowing adult students to reduce the time it takes to earn the bachelor’s degree.

The Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice (BACJ) gives students the tools they need to become leaders in making our systems of social control more socially just. Across the globe, criminal justice systems are becoming more complex, and the need for thoughtful, serious leaders in the field is increasing. Roosevelt's Criminal Justice program examines how to balance social control with individual rights. It compares the ideals of law with the realities of the streets, and studies the causes of criminal behavior and what makes effective crime policy. Students engage with questions about how to control, deter, and punish crime, and they develop a comprehensive understanding of the role of police, prosecutors, courts, defense attorneys, juries, jails and prisons in creating our modern criminal justice system.

Standards

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Professional Studies:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate.

Requirements

The major is divided into two components: a lower division 15-hour core that serves as a basis for the fundamentals of criminal justice and is consistent with Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) guidelines; an upper division 15-hour core requirement.  The major includes a capstone course designed to identify and analyze real-life issues facing criminal justice agencies, as well as techniques for developing and proposing solutions to constituents.

Grade of C- or higher required in all major courses.

Core Requirements, Lower Division (meets IAI guidelines)
CJL 200INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CJL 220JUVENILE JUSTICE3
CJL 230INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS3
CJL 240INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY3
CJL 250CRIMINAL LAW3
Core Requirements, Upper Division
CJL 300POLICE & SOCIETY3
CJL 305RESEARCH METHODS3
CJL 310ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE3
CJL 330CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE CONSTITUTION3
CJL 355CRIME IN AMERICA3
Functional Area
Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor18
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives
Courses to total 12072
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Introductory
General Education Courses:
PLS 201CRITICAL REASONING AND SKILLS3
PLS 202INFORMATION LITERACY AND RESEARCH WRITING3
PLS 220TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY3
Mathematics:
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or higher)3
Other Requirements
General education (University Writing Requirement):
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
General Electives:
Select additional courses from any area to complete the 120-hour degree requirement
Upper Level General Education Seminars:
PLS 350SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR I: CRITICAL SKILLS3
PLS 351SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR II: SPECIAL TOPICS3
PLS 360NATURAL SCIENCES SEMINAR I3
PLS 361NATURAL SCIENCES SEMINAR II3
PLS 370HUMANITIES SEMINAR I: CRITICAL SKILLS3
PLS 371HUMANITIES SEMINAR II: SPECIAL TOPICS3
PLS 397ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN AND EVALUATION3
PLS 398SENIOR THESIS3
Total Credit Hours42