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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice



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

​The following four year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016 - 2017 academic catalog. We recommend that you meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop your own plan.​

The BSCJ degree option should be strongly considered by law enforcement officers who have an interest in graduate school. The UHD Master's degree in Criminal Justice admission standards require Criminology, Statistics, and Research Methods (generally, at the 3000 or 4000 levels). These three courses are requirements of the BSCJ degree plan. The BSCJ degree is also a popular option among those who have completed the Associate of Science (AS) or Associate of Arts (AA) degrees at a community college. ​​

Course Wo​​rk

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.

Car​ee​​rs

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 Plac​ements

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 A​dvising

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 1/6/2021 3:48 PM