About the Department

Be a part of one of the highest ranked Criminal Justice and Criminology programs in the nation!

Faculty recently recognized as the 4th most productive researchers in the country provide foundational courses to develop your skills in reasoning and analysis. Focus on the special needs of crime victims, careers in law enforcement or corrections. Or continue your education as a criminal justice researcher by exploring the Master's or Ph.D. program in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Do all this and more in Sam Houston State University’s Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, one of the largest and most prestigious criminal justice programs in the nation.

As a Criminal Justice major at SHSU, the opportunities are endless:

  • Learn from faculty who conduct research in all aspects of the criminal justice system
  • A top ranked Doctoral program
  • Training institutes that draw law enforcement and correctional professionals from around the world
  • Research Institutes in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Victims, and Legal Studies
  • Large course selection including online and evening courses
  • Courses offered at The Woodlands Center during the day and evening
  • Active Honor societies and Student Associations
  • Affordable living
  • Scholarship and graduate student assistantships

SHSU’s College of Criminal Justice has been consistently ranked among the top criminal justice programs in the nation in both value and quality by U.S. News & World Report, the Journal of Criminal Justice, and many other publications.


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