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Criminal Justice - University of Houston-Downtown

  • student with laptop deadline extension MSCJ Master of Criminal Justice

    Deadline Extended for the Master's of Science in Criminal Justice to July 31, 2018!

    ​The 5 PM CST 7/31/2018 extended deadline is final. Any and all material that is required to initiate the review of the application must be received by the designated office by this time and date to be considered for Fall 2018 admission. 

  • Dr. Wang met with CPU President Tia O Chien Sheng

    Criminal Justice Faculty Creating Global Connections

    ​Dr. Hsiao-Ming Wang and Dr. Judith Harris visited Jiangsu Police Institute (JSPI) in Nanjing, China May 10-14. 

  • Criminal Justice students tour Houston Emergency Center

    CJ Students Tour the Houston Emergency Center

    ​UHD Adjunct Professor Nhatthien "Nathan" Nguyen who is also captain with the Housto Police Department (HPD) sponsored the tour as part of his Criminal Justice class, Police Systems. 

  • Dean Leigh Van Horn, Sen. John Whitmire, and Dr. Judith Harris

    Criminal Justice Students Celebrate Senior Seminar Experiences

    ​CJ students in Dr. Harris' Senior Seminar worked with returning citizens through organizations such as Work Faith Connection, Unlimited Visions, Santa Maria Hostel, Angela House, Houston Food Bank, and Service Employment Redevelopment (SER): Jobs for Progress of the Texas Gulf Coast.

  • Prison Education: How Programs Are Taking Education Beyond Bars

    ​Associate Professor Krista Gehring speaks with Houston Matters. 

  • CJ Students Visit Texas Historic Prison

    ​University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) Criminal Justice Lecturer Terry Pelz organized a field trip to the Texas State Penitentiary at Huntsville "Walls" Unit on Friday, March 31.

  • Criminal Justice Student Maria Bitgood Participates in the Student Research Conference

    ​Pictured with CJ faculty Ashley Blackburn

  • rebecca pfeffer

    UHD Researcher Partners with HPD to Identify Indicators of Human Trafficking

    More than two million people live in Houston. In spite of the number of people who live and work in the city, a segment of its population remains largely invisible.

  • reentry project

    UHD Students Assisting Former Inmates with Reentry into Workforce, Society

  • criminal justice professor tours jail

    UHD Criminal Justice Professors Welcome Taiwanese Correctri

  • Houston Matters

    Associate Professor Kevin Buckler joins Houston Matters to discuss the potential gaps in the reporting of officer related shootings

  • houston public media

    Why is Prison Spending Outpacing Education Spending in Texas?

Criminal Justice

The mission of the Department is to prepare students for public service careers in the fields of criminal justice and social work. In furtherance of this mission, the faculty recognize the connection between excellence in education, research, scholarship, and service with applied, theoretical, and policy relevance. Thus the Department strives to provide students with knowledge, skills and values that are sufficient to serve in social service and criminal justice systems, prepare them for professional and managerial careers as well as research and advanced study.

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UHD Department of Criminal Justice
1002 Commerce Street Commerce Building Suite 340
Houston, TX 77002-1014
Phone: 713-221-8943

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