About the Program

Areas of Study

Law Enforcement –Courses investigate the more than 18,000 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States.  Law enforcement and criminal behaviors are examined to provide students with broad overviews of the field.

Corrections – Courses examine the world of prisons, jails, probation, and parole.  Inmate subcultures, the death penalty and community supervision are major fields within the concentration.

Law and Courts – Courses investigate the legal process, court trends, and law school.

Degrees Offered

Bachelors of Arts, Bachelors of Science, Masters of Science in Criminal Justice

Faculty

The Criminal Justice faculty members have earned terminal degrees in a wide range of specializations within the broad areas of the discipline. Areas of expertise include policing, homeland security, prisons and jails, community corrections, law, and violence. The faculty's expertise is complemented by active involvement in scholarly research.

Career Opportunities

Law Enforcement – Recent graduates from the Division of Criminal Justice are working for Beaumont Police Department, Lamar University Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Houston Police Department, and United States Border Patrol.

Corrections – Recent graduates from the Division of Criminal Justice are working for Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Youth Commission, Federal Probation, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Law – Recent graduates from the Division of Criminal Justice are working as district attorneys, private practice, and Federal Pre-trail Services.