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Course work leading to this bachelor's degree provides the student with strong communication and analytical skills. This is accomplished

  • through a comprehensive and extensive set of general education requirements
  • through a critical and in-depth interdisciplinary analysis of the causes of crime, the definition and measurement of crime, and society's formal and informal efforts at preventing and controlling crime
  • by treatment of the field of criminal justice as an applied science where the student is taught to integrate theory construction, empirical validation, and practical application

Degree Plan

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Degree Requirements

The Criminal Justice major requires a minimum of 120 hours. At least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UH-Downtown. Twenty-four hours of criminal justice must be at the upper level, and 24 hours must be completed as course work at UH-Downtown. The last 30 of the total hours and 18 of the upperlevel hours toward the degree must be successfully completed in residence at UH-Downtown. The degree requires a minimum of 36 upper-level hours. An overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 at UH-Downtown is required for graduation, and a minimum average of 2.0 must be maintained in the upper-level hours in the major.


General Academic Requirements for Minors

  • Student must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA or better at UHD to be approved to pursue a minor.
  • Student must have a 2.0 GPA or better in courses in the minor to be certified at graduation.
  • No field experience course may be applied to a minor program.
  • The minor field elected must be different from the major.
  • A student must complete all course work required for the minor in addition to all course work required for the degree prior to graduation.
  • All minor programs in the College of Public Service require at least 9 hours of upper-level course work in residence at UHD.

Students should note that in some instances courses listed as requirements or options for the minor program may have prerequisites that are not listed as part of the program. The procedures for declaring a minor are available from the College of Public Service Advising Office, Suite C420.

Minor in Criminal Justice (18 hours minimum)

CJ 1301 Crime, Law, and Society
CJ 2301 The Police System
CJ 2302 The Criminal Court System
CJ 2303 The Correctional System
CJ 3301 Criminology
CJ 33xx or CJ 43xx 3 hours of upper-level Criminal Justice courses

Last updated or reviewed on 6/10/14

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