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.
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.
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 200||INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|CJL 220||JUVENILE JUSTICE||3|
|CJL 230||INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS||3|
|CJL 240||INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY||3|
|CJL 250||CRIMINAL LAW||3|
|Core Requirements, Upper Division|
|CJL 300||POLICE & SOCIETY||3|
|CJL 305||RESEARCH METHODS||3|
|CJL 310||ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE||3|
|CJL 330||CRIMINAL JUSTICE & THE CONSTITUTION||3|
|CJL 355||CRIME IN AMERICA||3|
|Related courses in a discipline or interdisciplinary area selected in consultation with an advisor||18|
|General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives|
|Courses to total 120||72|
|Total Credit Hours||120|
General Education Requirements
|General Education Courses:|
|PLS 201||CRITICAL REASONING AND SKILLS||3|
|PLS 202||INFORMATION LITERACY AND RESEARCH WRITING||3|
|PLS 220||TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY||3|
|MATH 110||QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or higher)||3|
|General education (University Writing Requirement):|
|ENG 101||COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING||3|
|ENG 102||COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH||3|
|Select additional courses from any area to complete the 120-hour degree requirement|
|Upper Level General Education Seminars:|
|PLS 350||SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR I: CRITICAL SKILLS||3|
|PLS 351||SOCIAL SCIENCES SEMINAR II: SPECIAL TOPICS||3|
|PLS 360||NATURAL SCIENCES SEMINAR I||3|
|PLS 361||NATURAL SCIENCES SEMINAR II||3|
|PLS 370||HUMANITIES SEMINAR I: CRITICAL SKILLS||3|
|PLS 371||HUMANITIES SEMINAR II: SPECIAL TOPICS||3|
|PLS 397||ADVANCED RESEARCH DESIGN AND EVALUATION||3|
|PLS 398||SENIOR THESIS||3|
|Total Credit Hours||42|