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Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences

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Most Applied Arts and Sciences (AAS) students are practitioners with established careers in criminal justice agencies who seek to advance in their careers with degrees in higher education.

The UHD Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences (BAAS) program provides students with a path to a fully accredited bachelor's degree, especially if they have previously completed course work for technical, applied or military credit, a criminal justice-related technical or applied degree from a community or technical college, and/or a desire to develop multiple areas of expertise.

The BAAS degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. At least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UHD. A minimum of 18 hours must reflect approved upper-level courses. The final 30 semester credit hours must be taken at UHD.

Additionally, students must earn a minimum of 24 upper-level criminal justice hours earned at UHD, maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in all major upper-level hours, and keep an overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 for graduation.


Today's criminal justice challenges are diverse, complicated issues that require educated and unique resolutions. Potential employers are as varied as the issues and include governmental agencies on a local, state and national level, law enforcement, law, corrections, victim services, academia, nonprofit and for-profit organizations. For more information about careers in criminal justice, please contact Dr. Gilmore, Director of Criminal Justice Career Services. 

Criminal Justice Advising

A Criminal Justice student gets advised in the Department of Criminal Justice and Social Work Suite C-440 when the student meets one of the following criteria:
  • a transfer student with 45 hours or more of credit toward the degree plan who seeks advising for the second semester (including summer) and onward; or 
  • a student who started his/her academic career at UHD and who has earned 45 credit hours or more toward the degree. 

If you have any questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the College of Public Service Advising Center at 713-221-8906.


Last updated 9/16/2020 6:23 AM