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Online Sociology Criminal Justice Degree

The newest addition to McKendree Online degrees is the undergraduate sociology major with a criminal justice emphasis. The online sociology with a criminal justice degree is tailored for busy adults eager to advance in the criminal justice profession. The online format allows convenience for completing courses regardless of the shift the student works.



Why an Online Sociology Criminal Justice Degree?

The bachelor's degree in Sociology is an eye-opening program that will change how you view the world and societies around you.  The Criminal Justice track is designed for students who wish to pursue careers that use skills to think critically about the many social issues confronting us in today's society.



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Courses are delivered entirely online using the course management system BlackBoard. All classes for the online BA are offered over an eight week period. Many students choose to take two courses during each eight week session.



Career Opportunities

An online degree in Sociology Criminal Justice will prepare your for a career in:

  •  Law Enforcement
  •  Corrections
  •  Court Services



Student Graduates at CommencementProgram Requirements

McKendree University requires a minimum of 120 credit hours for online degree completion.  40 of those hours must be at the 300 or 400 level and a minimum of 30 hours with McKendree. Students must fulfill the general education requirements.



Interesting Classes

  • Juvenile Delinquency
  •  Police and Urban Society
  •  Correctional Institutions
  •  Social Class and Inequality
  •  Race and Ethnic Relations




Tuition for the online sociology criminal justice program is $370 per credit hour.  All online courses have a $60 per credit hour fee.  Total cost is $430 per credit hour for the online criminal justice degree.  Military students eligible for Tuition Assistance will receive a discounted tuition of $250 per credit hour.



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Follow these steps to have your eligibility determined for all financial aid including loans:

  1. Complete a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). You will be using the previous year's Federal Income Tax forms.
  2. List McKendree University on the FAFSA. McKendree's school code is 001722. ISAC will then send you a letter indicating your eligibility for any State Aid. You may be eligible for State Aid even though you are not eligible for Federal Aid. Please file your FAFSA as soon as possible. State budget limitations at times cause funding shortages. (The reference to 'State Aid' is implied for only those students residing in Illinois.)
  3. You will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report).
  4. Once the student has registered for classes, McKendree's Office of Financial Aid will review your SAR to determine your eligibility. There may be additional paperwork to complete at this time. The Office of Financial Aid will notify you of what is needed. Once all documentation is received, an award letter will be prepared and sent to you.

To check on the status of your FAFSA you may call: 1-800-433-3243.



General Education Requirements

  •  Art or Music
  •  ENG 111 English I:  Academic Writing
  •  Literature
  •  PSY/SOC/PSI - 6 hrs from 2 of 3 areas
  •  MTH 105 Intermediate Algebra
  •  HPE 158 Health and Wellness
  •  BIO 101 Introductory Biology with Lab
  •  CSI 120 Computing Concepts and Apps
  •  ENG 112 English II:  Research and Writing
  •  HIS 262 US History Since 1865
  •  Philosophy or Religion
  •  MTH 310 Statistics
  • SPC 310 Business & Professional Presentations
  •  SCE 205 Earth and Astronomical Science



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McKendree University gives careful consideration to your previous coursework and will transfer in as many credits as possible. Courses are individually evaluated to determine which are transferable and what requirements have been met. Transcripts will be evaluated by the Office of Academic Records and the Division Chair of the department.

Official evaluations are completed once you have been admitted to McKendree University. McKendree Online staff can provide you with an unofficial evaluation at your request. Please note the following:

  • Only courses with a letter grade of 'C' or better may be accepted in transfer. Pass/fail courses will not be accepted.
  • At least 120 credit hours are required for graduation, with a minimum of 50 hours from a 4-year institution, 32 of which must be from McKendree.
  • You may receive a maximum of 70 credit hours in transfer from a two-year institution, including credit for military experience (with transcripts), CLEP, AP and DANTES.
  • Up to 96 credit hours may be accepted in transfer from an accredited 4-year institution.
  • Proficiencies earned at other institutions are not accepted.

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Lebanon, IL 62254




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Emma Graham

Recruiter for Online Programs
121 Merrill Street, Lebanon, Illinois
(618) 537-6898




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Linza Brachear

Senior Student Services Specialist for External Programs
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(618) 537-6427



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Associate Dean of Online Programs
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(618) 537-6834




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