Calumet College of St. Joseph is a small college that was founded by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, affiliated with the Roman Catholic Church. It has a main campus in Whiting, Indiana, and two satellite locations in Chicago, IL and Merrillville, IN. It was founded in 1951 as an offshoot of the Catholic St. Joseph’s College in Rensselar, IN. Whiting is a suburban city in the Chicago Metropolitan Area of Lake County. It is often referred to as “The Little City on the Lake.” It is home to the largest oil refinery in all of the Midwest. The population is just over 5,000, so it is a very small town. Students attending the main campus are able to enjoy the best of both worlds, a small town and school atmosphere with a lot of personal attention, and the excitement of metropolitan Chicago and all that it has to offer. Whiting was featured in an MTV episode of High School Stories, and a few films were shot there, including Four Friends, and several scenes from Rudy.
Calumet College of St. Joseph does not offer distance learning, but it is possible that they will at some point. Those who are seeking an education with a strong Roman Catholic educational tradition will find themselves at home here. The school excels in the area of liberal arts and sciences, and the mission of the college is to empower their students to improve their lives and their communities through a strong commitment to social justice. They weave the fostering of spiritual, moral and ethical values into the core curriculum of the classroom, with a focus on each individual student and what they need to promote their personal and religious development.
Calumet is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association to offer bachelor and master level degrees. The Indiana Professional Standards Boards has provided further accreditation for their education programs. They are also approved by national professional and educational associations such as the Independent Colleges of Indiana, The Indiana Conference of Higher Education, and the National Catholic Educational Association.
Some of their undergraduate degree programs include: Accounting, Forensic Accounting, Business Management, Communications, Journalism, Computer Information Systems, Computer Applications, Business Data Processing, Networking Systems, Criminal Justice, Pre-Law, Pre-Professional Programs, Parole, Probation and Courts Forensic Science, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Middle School Eduacation, English, Professional Writing, Literature, and Creative Writing. Graduate degree programs are structured to meet one day a week so that professionals do not have to interrupt their work and family responsibilities in order to pursue their further academic study. Calumet has a Master of Arts in the following areas: Teaching, Public Safety Administration, Leadership in Teaching, Quality Assurance, and Psychology.
Tuition for the traditional program of 12-18 credit hours per semester is $7,000. Some financial aid options include CCSJ Scholarships and Grants, Federal Grants and Loans, Frank O’Bannon Grants and Other State of Indiana Funding, Endowed and Outside Scholarships, Work One’s Workforce Acceleration Grant, and a wide range of other academic and need based scholarships.