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Lewis University: 3+1 Justice Studies Bachelor of Arts Degree

A convenient, affordable and streamlined approach to earn the Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice degree.

Who can enroll in the program?

  • Students who have completed or intend to complete an Associate in Arts (AA) degree at COD.
  • New students to College of DuPage (COD) who indicate their intent to enter the 3+1 program.
  • Students who are enrolled in or completed the AAS degree in Justice Studies can be considered for the program after completing the additional requirements for the AA degree.

How does the program work?

  • Students complete 71 hours of coursework at COD that will include both the Associate in Arts (AA) degree and an additional six specific Justice Studies courses.
  • Upon completing the AA degree and six specific Justice Studies courses, students then complete 21 credit hours of additional COD courses while enrolled at Lewis University.
  • Students then complete 30 credit hours of Lewis Criminal Justice coursework and 6 hours of Lewis Mission courses with Lewis faculty on the COD campus.
  • Students should apply for admission to Lewis one semester prior to enrolling in Lewis coursework.
  • All classes are held at the COD Glen Ellyn campus.
  • The final 36 Lewis University credit hours are offered at a discounted tuition rate.

The Advantage

The 3+1 program allows for students to complete their Associate in Arts (AA) degree along with 6 additional Justice Studies courses. Once completed, students are then allowed to take additional courses beyond the AA degree from College of DuPage (COD) paying our much lower tuition rates. The final year of classes are taught by Lewis University faculty and are offered on COD Glen Ellyn campus at a significantly reduced rate, making the goal of continuing an education a reality for more students. This program exemplifies College of DuPage's mission to make education more affordable for its students while stressing academic quality, first-class
faculty and extraordinary learning environments.

  • Degree: Associate in Arts (AA)
  • Area of Concentration: Justice Studies
  • Total Credits at College of DuPage: 71 

Courses for Years 1 and 2

In addition to the Associate in Arts (AA) degree students will need to complete the 6 preselected Justice Studies courses.  These six courses should be taken as part of the AA degree and are required for acceptance into Lewis University.  Students need to carefully choose IAI approved electives/additional courses to meet the 71 credit hour requirement. 

Students need to take Philo 1110.  This is a requirement for Lewis University, and and is recommended to be taken during the AA degree.  This class can not be used to satisfy a humanities requirement.  

Associate in Arts Degree Student Planning Worksheet  
Maximum transferable credits Sub-total: 71 (AA degree plus Justice Studies Courses)
Preselected Justice Studies Courses Credit Hours
CRIMJ 1100 - Intro to Justice Studies 3
CRIMJ 1110 - Police and Society 3
CRIMJ 1130 - Intro to Corrections 3
CRIMJ 2231 - Criminology 3
CRIMJ 2240 - Juvenile Delinquency 3
*** CRIMJ 2150 - Multiculturalism and Justice Studies 3

 

Year 3 COD Courses ****

  • Certificate: Homeland Security plus additional electives or non-duplicative COD courses.
  • Total Additional College of DuPage Credit Hours: 21
Homeland Security Certificate Option 

All students need to complete the certificate requirements listed below plus one of the emphasis options.  

Total Semester Credit Hours: 12
Homeland Security Certificate Requirements Credit Hours
CRIMJ 1100 - Intro to Justice Studies
(taken during year 1 and 2) 
3
CRIMJ 2150 - Multiculturalism and Justice Studies
(taken during year 1 and 2)
3
CRIMJ 1145 - Intro to Homeland Security
(Offered in Fall/Spring/Summer)
3
CRIMJ 1151 - Constitutional Law
(Offered in Fall/Spring/Summer)
3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 6
Counterterrorism Emphasis Credit Hours
CRIMJ 1147 - Domestic, International, & Transnational Terrorism
(Offered in Fall/Spring/Summer)
3
CRIMJ 1160 - Weapons of Mass Destruction
(Offered in Spring) 
3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 6
Intelligence Emphasis Credit Hours
CRIMJ 2140 - Intro to Intelligence 
(Offered in Fall)
3
CRIMJ 2141 Intelligence Analysis
(Offered in Spring) 
3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 6
Critical Infrastructure Protection Emphasis Credit Hours
CRIMJ 1146 - Critical Infrastructure: Vulnerabilities and Solutions
(Offered in Fall)
3
EARTH 1119 - Weather Impacts and Preparedness
(Offered in Fall/Spring/Summer)
3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 6
Emergency Management Emphasis Credit Hours
CRIMJ 1148 - Emergency Management I
(Offered in Fall/Spring/Summer)
3
CRIMJ 2130 - Emergency Management II
(Offered in Spring) 
3

 

Total Semester Credit Hours: 6
Private Management Emphasis Credit Hours
CRIMJ 1140 - Principles of Security Administration
(Offered in Fall/Spring)
3
CRIMJ 1142 - Private Security and Law Enforcement
(Offered in Fall/Spring)
3

 

Non-Certificate Option

Students that do not want to complete the Homeland Security certificate can satisfy the 21 hours by completing any non-duplicative COD courses. Other Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses could be considered, with Lewis University approval.  Students should work closely with a COD counselor, advisor, or justice studies faculty when choosing these courses. 

Total COD Credit Hours Transferred: 92 
(71 - AA degree & Justice Studies Courses + 21 - Homeland Security certificate or non-duplicative COD courses.)

 

Year 4 Lewis University coursework

Sub-total: 36
Courses Credit Hours
CSJS 20000 - Courts and Probation 3
CSJS 28600 - Domestic Violence 3
CSJS 44000 - Social Policy and Social Justice 3
CSJS 35600 - Professionalism and Ethics 3
CSJS 43000 - Elements of Criminal Law 3
CSJS 49000 - Research Methods 3
CSJS 49600 - Rights, Civil Liability and Administrative Actions 3
CSJS 44500 - Criminal Procedure 3
ENGL 30200 - Writing in the Disciplines 3
THEO 10000 - Search for Faith 3
SOCI 29000 - Diversity and Social Justice 3
CSJS Elective  3

Total Credits for Graduation: 128 credit hours

Students should consult with an advisor or counselor to map their academic plan. Students should also refer to specific program admission requirements as stated in their respective college/university catalogs and departmental web pages

Term-by-term Plan

  • COD total credits: 71, Lewis University total credits: 36
  • Courses listed in italics are Lewis courses; all other courses are COD courses.
Total Hours: 16-18
1st Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1101 - English Composition I 3
**+Life Science Gen. Ed. (IAI course) 3-5
**Humanities Gen. Ed (IAI course) 3
Transfer Oriented Elective 1
CRIMJ 1100 - Intro to Justice Studies 3
CRIMJ 1130 - Intro to Corrections 3
Total Hours: 18
2nd Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGLI 1102 - English Composition II 3
SPEEC 1100 - Fundamentals of Speech Communication
3
**Humanities Gen. Ed. (IAI course) 3
**Social Science Gen. Ed.(IAI course) 3
Math (IAI Course)  3
CRMJ 1110 - Police and Society 3
Total Hours: 18
3rd Semester Courses Credit Hours
 **+Physical Science Gen. Ed. (IAI course) 3-5
**Humanities or Fine Arts Gen. Ed. (IAI course)  3
**Social Science Gen. Ed. (IAI course)  3
CRIMJ 2231 - Criminology 3
***PHILO 1110 - Ethics
(Lewis requirement can not be used as a humanities) 
3
*Transfer oriented elective course to finish AA 3
Total Hours: 18
4th Semester Courses Credit Hours
CRIMJ 2240 - Juvenile Delinquency  3
***CRIMJ 2150 - Multiculturalism and Justice Studies  3
**Social Science Gen. Ed. (IAI course) 3
*Transfer oriented elective course to finish AA  3
*Transfer oriented elective course to finish AA  3
*Transfer oriented elective course to finish AA 3

 Completion of AA Degree: 71 credit hours

Students may elect to lighten their course loads during the first four semesters and beyond by taking some of their COD courses over the summer term.

* With approval from Lewis University, Career and Technical education (CTE) courses may be allowed.

** See Associate in Arts Student Planning Worksheet. 

Only one science needs to have a lab.  

*** Effective Fall 2021 COD Justice Studies 2150 - Multiculturalism and Justice Studies and PHILO 1110 - Ethics will need to be completed prior to being admitted to Lewis University

  • Lewis University total credits = 36 and COD total credits = 21
  • ****Courses listed in italics are Lewis courses; all other courses are COD courses.
Total Hours: 15
5th Semester Courses Credit Hours
CSJS 20000 - Courts and Probation  3
*Homeland Security Certificate
OR 
Any non-duplicated COD course
(see program requirements sections above) 
3
*Homeland Security Certificate
OR
Any non-duplicated COD course
(see program requirements sections above)
3
*Homeland Security Certificate
OR
Any non-duplicated COD course
(see program requirements sections above)
3
*Homeland Security Certificate
OR
Any non-duplicated COD course
(see program requirements sections above)
3
Total Hours: 15
6th Semester Courses Credit Hours
CSJS 35600 - Professionalism and Ethics  3
CSJS 44000 - Social Policy and Social Justice  3
*Any non-duplicated COD course 3
*Any non-duplicated COD course 3
*Any non-duplicated COD course 3
Total Hours: 12
7th Semester Courses Credit Hours
ENGL 30200 - Writing in the Disciplines 3
CSJS 43000 - Elements of Criminal Law  3
CSJS 49600 - Rights, Civil Liability and Administrative Actions  3
CSJS 28600 - Domestic Violence  3
THEO 1000 Search for Faith 3
Total Hours: 12
8th Semester Courses Credit Hours
CSJS 44500 - Criminal Procedure  3
CSJS 49000 - Research Methods  3
SOCI 29000 - Diversity and Social Justice  3
CSJS Elective 3

Students may elect to lighten their course loads during the first four semesters and beyond by taking some of their COD courses over the summer term. 

Please note all COD coursework must be completed before the student's final Lewis year

* With approval from Lewis University, Career and Technical education (CTE) courses may be allowed.

**** Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Lewis University prior to taking any classes beyond the AA degree. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Lewis University one semester before completing the AA degree and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. Students also need to apply for graduation from the AA degree program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.

Important Notes

  • Students are encouraged to meet with a College of DuPage counselor or advisor for help planning for the College of DuPage portion of the program.
  • Courses are not listed in sequence. Please consult your academic advisor and the current course schedule to determine when courses should be taken.
  • A student must earn a minimum of 128 credit hours to qualify for graduation with a bachelor's degree. At least 36 of the 128 credit hours for graduation must be completed through Lewis University. Students follow the degree requirements for the catalog year in which they enter Lewis University.
  • Students must complete the Associate in Arts (AA) and the 6 lower level COD Justice Studies courses (71 credit hours) at COD prior to enrollment at Lewis. Exceptions can be made for students in need of the financial aid consortium agreement.
  • Students cannot take College of DuPage courses during their last semester before graduation from Lewis University.
  • Students need to take PHILO 1110 - Ethics.  This is a requirement for Lewis University, and and is recommended to be taken during the AA degree. This class can not be used to satisfy a humanities requirement.   

* With approval from Lewis University, Career and Technical education (CTE) courses may be allowed.

** See Associate in Arts Student Planning Worksheet.

*** Effective Fall 2021 COD Justice Studies 2150 - Multiculturalism and Justice Studies and PHILO 1110 - Ethics will need to be completed prior to being admitted to Lewis University.

**** Students utilizing financial aid must apply and be accepted into Lewis University prior to taking any classes beyond the AA degree. It is recommended that students using financial aid should begin applying to Lewis University one semester before completing the AA degree and ask for the financial aid consortium agreement. Students also need to apply for graduation from the AA degree program at COD. Not doing so will result in not receiving financial aid.

+ Only one science needs to have a lab.

Contact Information

Counseling, Advising and Transfer Services
Student Services Center (SSC), Room 3200, (630) 942-2259

Michelle Mega
Director of Recruitment and External Relations
Lewis University
Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies
(815) 836-5342
megami@lewisu.edu