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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.

CONCENTRATIONS

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
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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, forensic 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, academia, medical or public health agencies, nonprofit and for-profit corporations, etc. There are also diverse opportunities for graduates to apply a criminal justice degree in the following industries:

Business Management Human Resources
Business Intelligence Analyst Intelligence Analyst
Computer Forensics Investigative Agencies
Community Relations Market Research
Corrections System Medical Facilities
Detective Agencies Retail Loss Prevention
Forensic Science  

SUGGESTED MINORS

Course Number Course Name
CJ 1301 Crime, Law, and Society
CJ 2301 The Police System
CJ 2302 The Criminal Court System
CJ 2303 The Correctional System
CJ 3301 Criminology
CJ 33xx or CJ 43xx 3 hours of upper-level Criminal Justice courses

SCHOLARSHIPS, FINANCIAL AID & FIELD PLACEMENTS

At UHD, the College of Public Services offers several different types of scholarships.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD PROCESS

  • Once award decisions are final, scholarship awards are disbursed to each recipient's account, where funds will be available for tuition, fees, etc.
  • Where applicable, any excess funding is then refunded to student by the Student Accounting Office, which is responsible for processing student refund payments.

IMPORTANT: Scholarship recipients MUST notify the UHD Financial Aid Office

The total of each student's financial aid package, from all sources, cannot exceed the cost of attendance by the University. If a student receives a scholarship, whether it is from the college or from a private source, he or she must notify the Financial Aid Office. The University is required to review each student's financial package to make sure that it does not exceed the cost of attendance. In many cases, the University is able to include scholarship or grant funds without adjusting any other aid, thus increasing the total amount of each financial aid package. However, sometimes the University has to reduce or replace another form of aid. In that case, an attempt is always made to reduce or replace any loans offered to students first. We strongly encourage each student to explore all scholarship opportunities as a valuable means to help finance his or her college education.

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. Click here for more information

If you have any questions, or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact the College of Public Service Advising Center at 713-221-8943.

Last updated or reviewed on 10/31/14

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