What We Do

As one of the most established, largest, and most prestigious criminal justice programs in the country, the College of Criminal Justice continues to set national standards in the field in both research and practice. The College offers a wide variety of degree programs and certificates in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Forensic Science, and Security Studies as well as special programs, organizations, and events. These include:

  • Criminal justice student organizations target a wide variety of interests, including law enforcement and corrections, security studies, forensic science, victim services, minority groups in criminal justice, and pre-law
  • Internships offer more than 300 full-time opportunities in federal, state, and local criminal justice agencies as well as private companies enabling students to earn up to nine credits for their participation
  • Study Abroad Programs provide firsthand experience with criminal justice systems around the world
  • Criminal Justice and Victim Studies Career Fairs attract dozens of employers from agencies and businesses across Texas and the region seeking qualified candidates for employment
  • Lecture series expand knowledge about the practical aspects of criminal justice careers as well as the most current research on hot topics in the field
    Our series include:
    • Beto Chair featuring renown scholars from universities in the U.S. and abroad to present emerging research
    • Real Talk w/CJ invites working professionals, many of them alumni, to describe the day to day aspects of the job and provide tips for gaining employment
    • Voices Lecture Series highlights victim issues in criminal justice and the work of victims services organizations and agencies
  • Partnerships with professional institutes train criminal justice employees and provide technical assistance to agencies
  • Cutting edge research funded through grants turning theory into practice
  • Summer camps for high school students expose youth to career options in the field of criminal justice and introduce them to the college atmosphere.