B.S. Criminal Justice

https://www.tamuct.edu/degrees/undergraduate/criminal-justice.html

OVERVIEW

The Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice prepares students for a variety of careers, including law enforcement (local, state, and federal), probation and parole, institutional corrections, and research.

Students in the program find a supportive environment that challenges and empowers them to explore their individual interests in the wide realm of study in criminal justice. The Criminal Justice program is led by highly qualified faculty members who have both real-world experience and scholarly experience to enrich your learning.

Eligible students are encouraged to join the Omega Lambda chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the national honor society for criminal justice.  Students may also join the Criminal Justice Association (CJA), which is open to criminal justice and non-criminal justice members who are interested in the field and want to engage in service within the local community and region.

Our diverse inventory of upper-level classes balances the major domains of criminal justice, including law enforcement, corrections, courts, victims, offenders, and practitioners.

Program Level Student Learning Outcomes

The student will be able to:

  • Explain concepts, major criminological theories, empirical findings, and trends in criminal justice.
  • Apply legal and ethical principles to the practice of criminal justice.
  • Describe the structure and functioning of institutions in criminal justice.
  • Identify the racial and ethnic issues associated with the practice of criminal justice.
  • Demonstrate writing skills appropriate for upper-level coursework and criminal justice occupations.

Bachelor of Science - Criminal Justice Program Requirements

Refer to the General Education Core Requirements page for more information on the CORE REQ coursework. The Field of Study (FOS) courses are listed in the footnotes (if applicable). At least 120 credit hours are required for the degree.

First Year
Fall
CORE REQ Communications (010)3
CORE REQ Mathematics (020)3
CORE REQ Life and Physical Sciences (030)3
CORE REQ Creative Arts (050)3
Any Level Elective 13
Spring
CORE REQ Language, Philosophy, and Culture (040)3
CORE REQ Life and Physical Sciences (030)3
CORE REQ Social and Behavioral Sciences (080)3
Any Level Elective 13
Any Level Elective 13
Second Year
Fall
CORE REQ Communications (010)3
CORE REQ American History (060)3
CORE REQ Government/Political Science (070)3
CORE REQ Component Area Option (090)3
Any Level Elective 13
Spring
CORE REQ American History (060)3
CORE REQ Government/Political Science (070)3
CORE REQ Component Area Option (090)3
Any Level Elective 13
Any Level Elective 13
Third Year
Fall
CRIJ 3305Criminology3
CRIJ 3310Criminal Justice Supervision and Management3
CRIJ 3315Criminal Evidence3
Any Level Elective3
Upper-level Social Sciences Elective3
Spring
SOSC 3300Social Science Proseminar3
CRIJ 4312Criminal Justice Ethics3
CRIJ 4316Methods of Criminal Justice Research3
CRIJ 4303Race, Crime, and Justice3
or SOCI 3303 Race and Ethnicity
Upper-level Criminal Justice Elective3
Fourth Year
Fall
SOCI 4315Social Science Statistics3
or PSYC 3330 Statistics for the Behavioral Science
or CRIJ 4315 Criminal Justice Statistics
Upper-level Social Science Elective3
Upper-level Social Science Elective3
Upper-level Criminal Justice Electives3
Upper-level Criminal Justice Electives3
Spring
CRIJ 4395Criminal Justice Senior Seminar3
Upper-level Social Science Elective3
Upper-level Criminal Justice Electives3
Upper-level Criminal Justice Electives3
Upper-level Criminal Justice Electives3
Total Credit Hours120