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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.

Degree Requirements

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 completed through UHD course work
  • 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
  • The degree requires 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


Listed below are the General Academic Requirements for Minors in Criminal Justice

  • A 2.0 cumulative GPA or better is required for a student to be approved to pursue a minor in UHD's Criminal Justice Program
  • Student must have a 2.0 GPA or better in courses in the minor to be certified at graduation
  • No field experience course may be applied to a minor program
  • The minor field elected must be different from the major
  • A student must complete all course work required for the minor, in addition to all course work required for the degree, prior to graduation
  • All minor programs in the UHD College of Public Service require at least 9 hours of upper-level course work through UHD classes
  • Students should note that in some instances, courses listed as requirements or options for the minor program may have prerequisites that are not listed as part of the program. The procedures for declaring a minor are available from the College of Public Service Advising Office, Suite C420.

Minor in Criminal Justice (18 hours minimum)

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

Last updated or reviewed on 8/22/14

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