Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Pre-major

Department Chair: James Humenik, 847-635-1910, 

The following Pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice after transferring to a four-year institution. It is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the Department Chair. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transition, and Student Success for part-time Pre-major recommendations. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
HUM 127 Introduction to Philosophy 3
LAE 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
LAE 201 Criminology 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 1 3
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
LAE 245 Juvenile Delinquency 3
Select one Physical Science course: 3
Introduction to Weather and Climate (recommended)  
MAT 125
General Education Mathematics
or Elementary Statistics
Second Year
Semester One
LAE 140 Introduction to Corrections 3
PSY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3
ART 114
Art History: Art of the Non-Western World 2
or Western Culture and the Arts: Beginnings through the Middle Ages
PSC 101
American Government
or International Relations
Select one Life Science course with lab: 4
Introduction to Life Science (recommended)  
Introduction to Environmental Science (recommended) 2  
Semester Two
LAE 221 Criminal Law 3
PHL 106 Ethics 3
SOC 103 Social Problems 3 3
Select two of the following: 6
Police Organization and Administration  
Police Operations  
Criminal Law  
Ethics and Leadership in Policing  
Criminal Investigations  
Community Relations and Procedural Justice  
Law of Evidence  
 Total Hours62

 Note: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. For degree requirements see Associate in Arts (A.A.).