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Bachelor's Degree in Victim Studies

Victim Studies Program

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University is the only school in Texas, and one of only a few in the nation, to offer a bachelor’s degree in victim studies.

The Victim Studies Program, offered by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, teaches students how to provide short term solution-based counseling to victims.


The Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in victim studies are multidisciplinary degrees consisting of core curriculum from the College of Criminal Justice and additional/elective courses from other departments.

The difference between the BA and BS degrees is that the BA requires foreign language courses, while the BS requires more social science. Victim studies majors are required to take five core criminal justice courses as well as six credits in victim-specific classes—including Child Abuse and Neglect, Family Violence, and Crimes Against Women or the Elderly—as well as victim services classes—such as Trauma, Victims Rights, and Interviewing.

In addition to the core curriculum, the electives include two courses in social justice and three additional offerings in criminal justice, sociology, and psychology.

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Program Breakdown
Degree Type Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 123-124 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Summer, Spring
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

A master’s in victim services management is also available.

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