Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

As a criminal justice major, you will study professionalism and ethics in criminal justice, law enforcement leadership, and much more. Choose between a B.A. Criminal Justice or a B.S. Criminal Justice, depending on your career goals.

Passionate about Criminal Justice? Interested in becoming a peace officer? Earning a criminal justice bachelor degree will give you an understanding of the justice system and its process, from local to global issues and how to uphold ethical standards. You will also develop strong writing, research, and analytical skills, attractive traits to employers in all industries.

Our Criminal Justice program was designed to give you the option to focus on issues, through Criminal Justice (B.A.) and Criminal Justice (B.S.) degrees.

Whether you pursue a B.A. or B.S. in Criminal Justice, the criminal justice degree program will lay the foundation for your career in domestic or international service.

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Criminal Justice graduates recently hired by City of Abilene.

What can you do after graduation?

  • Federal, state & local law enforcement
  • Game Warden
  • Probation/parole services
  • Correctional Career
  • Law School
  • Victim/Witness Assistant

Experiential Learning Opportunities

Criminal Justice students can take part in a number of co-curricular opportunities, including:

  • Internships at all levels of the government
  • Jack Pope Fellows Program
  • International Justice Missions
  • Various student groups
  • Phi Eta Sigma (honor society for freshman majors
Scholarship recipients posing in front of plaques.

 Jeffrey & Freya Wendling with Nick Richardson (L) and Glen Halbert (R)

Degree Details

Criminal Justice (BA/BS)

Required Hours

University Requirements: 56 credit hours + Major Requirements: 42-51 credit hours + Electives: 21-30 credit hours = Total Required: 128 credit hours*

*Based on track selection

Example Coursework

Domestic Violence

Search & Seizure

Ethics & Professionalism in Criminal Justice

Law Enforcement Leadership


Political Science & Criminal Justice

Application Deadlines

Early Action: November 1st

Regular: February 1st

National Candidates: May 1st

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