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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

criminal justice students  

The Program

Course work leading to a UHD College of Public Service Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree provides students with strong communication and analytical skills, accomplished through:

  • Comprehensive and extensive set of general education requirements
  • Critical and in-depth study and analysis of the causes of crime, the definition and measurement of crime, and society's formal and informal efforts at preventing and controlling crime
  • Understanding that criminal justice is an applied science where the student is taught to integrate theory, empirical validation, and practical application

This degree program prepares students for a career in criminal justice and public service, and prepares students to pursue the study of law and other related graduate programs.

The Criminal Justice Major requires:

  • A minimum of 120 hours, with at least 25% of those hours earned through UHD classes
  • Twenty-four (24) hours of upper level criminal justice classes
  • The last thirty (30) of the total hours and eighteen (18) of the upper level hours toward the degree must be successfully completed at UHD
  • A minimum of 36 upper-level hours
  • An overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 at UHD is required for graduation
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the upper-level hours in the major

Degree Plan

Criminal Justice degree plan​ (pdf)

Course Work

Course work leading to a UHD College of Public Service Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice degree provides the student with strong communication and analytical skills, accomplished through:

  • A comprehensive and extensive set of general education requirements
  • 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
  • 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

This degree program prepares students for a career in criminal justice, crime scene investigation, public service and prepares students to pursue study in law and other related graduate programs.

Careers

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 inforamtion about careers in criminal justice, please contact Dr. Gilmore, Director of Criminal Justice Career Services. 

Field Placements

At UHD, the Criminal Justice Department designed its field experiences (also known as internships) to help students gain experience within a criminal justice agency while incorporating that experience with academic training. 

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:
  • 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 
  • 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 9/9/2020 9:15 AM