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Department of Criminal Justice & Social Work
All undergraduate students at UH-Downtown are assigned for academic advising to University College until they are accepted into one of the degree programs.
Course work leading to this bachelor's degree provides the student with strong communication and analytical skills. This is accomplished (1) through a comprehensive and extensive set of general education requirements; (2) through 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; and (3) by 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.
The BAAS Degree requires a minimum of 120 hours. At least 25% of the semester credit hours must be earned through instruction offered by UH-Downtown. At least 18 hours must reflect approved upper-level courses. The final 30 semester credit hours must be taken at UHDowntown. The degree requires a minimum of 24 upper-level criminal justice hours earned at UH-Downtown. An overall minimum grade point average of 2.0 at UH-Downtown is required for graduation, and a minimum average of 2.0 must be maintained in the upper-level hours in the major.
Social Work is an applied field, offering a scientifically-grounded, value-based approach to human services. Social workers work in a variety of settings, including schools, hospitals, mental health, juvenile justice, and perform a variety of tasks such as case management, client advocacy, and counseling. The mission of the Bachelor of Social Work Program is to prepare entry-level social workers for theoretically informed, value-based, justice-oriented, generalist practice in an urban environment and to prepare students for future professional development and graduate study. The BSW Program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
Last updated or reviewed on 6/9/14