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Transfer Preparation for Criminal Justice Studies

Minimum of 60 credit hours.

This 60 credit hour program is designed for students planning to complete the first two years of study leading to a baccalaureate degree and major in Criminal Justice Studies at a four-year college or university in Illinois. A typical associate in arts or associate in science is a minimum of 60 credit hours however a transfer preparation may require different coursework depending on the receiving school. Students should consult an advisor to determine the range of electives most appropriate for the transfer institution they plan to attend.

A multi-disciplinary approach exposes aspiring criminal justice practitioners to various occupations and scholars within the criminal justice field. This approach prepares students for written and oral testing required to obtain employment in various criminal justice fields.

The following courses are recommended if you choose to begin your college career at one Illinois school and later transfer to another, and you want to make sure the courses you take will count toward a degree at the new school. Remember to consult with your academic advisor early and often in your academic career!

General Education Core Requirements:

Course Course Name Credit Hours
COMM 101 Introduction to Oral Communication 3
ENGL 101 Composition I 3
ENGL 102 Composition II 3
  Humanities Elective 9-12
  Life Sciences or Physical Sciences Elective 7-8
  Mathematics Elective 3-6
  Social and Behavioral Science Elective 9-12


Course Course Name Credit Hours
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3

Recommended and Other Electives (0-4 courses):

Course Course Name Credit Hours
CRJ 200 American System of Corrections 3
CRJ 201 Understanding Criminology 3
CRJ 204 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 215 Juvenile Justice System 3

These courses will be accepted in transfer by baccalaureate schools, but they may or may not substitute for professional coursework required for the major. The courses will be accepted as general electives if not accepted as core or elective courses in the major.

Information contained on this Web site is subject to change. Please check with an academic advisor for current course offerings and program requirements. Current students with continual enrollment may graduate under the current program requirements or any program requirements in effect since first enrollment. Students who intend to graduate must meet with an Academic Advisor to complete an "Application to Graduate" form a full semester prior to graduation. This will help ensure that a student meets all graduation requirements. Remember to always check with the school you are interested in attending for specific requirements.