The Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice is designed to meet the needs of students pursuing a career in several areas of the criminal justice system. The major qualifies graduates for employment in many public service professions. Opportunities currently exist for men and women in law enforcement, courts, and corrections agencies at the federal, state, and local levels of government. The Criminal Justice major is a general criminal justice degree with sets of electives catering to interests in policing, corrections, victim services and other areas of criminal justice. Some web-based courses are available and offer 24/7 worldwide access. Face-to-face classroom-based courses allow for hands on learning in areas such as criminal investigation, cybercrime, forensic ballistics, etc.
Minor in Criminal Justice
Students who wish to minor in Criminal Justice must take CJ 1301, Introduction to Criminal Justice, CJ 4304, Criminology, and 12 additional hours of CJ courses including at least 6 hours of upper division (3000 or 4000 level) CJ courses. For these 12 hours, students should consult with a Homeland Security and Criminal Justice faculty member.
The Master of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice is offered to serve the needs of several different groups of students: (1) pre- and in-service criminal justice personnel seeking a career-enhancing education; (2) those interested in teaching or research in the profession or higher education; and (3) those interested in preparing for a doctoral degree. The degree program may be tailored to meet the needs of individual students. This program is a 36-semester credit hour (SCH) degree. In addition to general courses, there are specialized courses for those interested in law enforcement, corrections or professional field activity and research. A large number of electives are available from political science graduate courses for those interested in general public administration or political science perspectives. Graduate level electives are also available from other disciplines with the prior approval of the Graduate Coordinator. All of our graduate course offerings are web-based. Graduate programs in particular cater to the needs of the working professional, allowing 24 hour access, advanced topics and projects, and peer networking with others working in the field.
Alpine Program Coordinator
Dr. Oguzhan Basibuyuk
RGC Program Coordinator
Dr. Martin Urbina