Criminal Justice

Lamar University's Criminal Justice major covers all facets of criminal behavior, from the psychological and sociological aspects of crime, to law enforcement, criminal investigations, and corrections.

Our Criminal Justice major provides students with a complete overview of the criminal justice system and all the major elements of it. It provides students with a theoretical understanding of criminal behavior, as well as the consequences of criminal behavior.


Jobs available to graduates and those certified in criminal justice are:

  • Behavioral specialist
  • Corrections officer
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Paralegal
  • Social worker
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Forensic scientist
  • Criminal defense attorney
  • Criminal psychologist
  • Judge

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Graduate Program Ranks Nationally

According to a new ranking of online degree programs, Lamar University's criminal justice master's program ranked 19th nationally for affordability and quality. evaluated online criminal justice master's degree programs across the U.S. weighing factors such as graduation rates, program offerings, and financial aid availability. 

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Center for Death Penalty Studies

Death Penalty Decisions

Based at the Criminal Justice Department of Lamar University, The Center for Death Penalty Studies was founded in 2013 by the Centre’s Director, Dr. Sanaz Alasti and Dr. Eric Bronson, Director Strategic Planning and Development.

The center strives to achieve the following:
  • Provide information about the application of the death penalty in the U.S. and Internationally
  • Assist in developing an informed position on capital punishment
  • Produce a better understanding of capital punishment laws in Texas and Middle Eastern countries
  • Support national and regional abolitionist forces