About the Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Criminal Justice Program is to provide excellence in graduate and undergraduate instruction; research and scholarship; professional development; and university and community service.  The program seeks to promote professionally and academically relevant curricula and programs and effective cooperative relationships with regional service agencies in order to prepare criminal justice practitioners at the graduate and undergraduate level.

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


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.

Meet our Faculty

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.

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