College of Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Curriculum | BA in Criminal Justice | BS in Criminal Justice | Minor in Criminal Justice | Minor in Forensic Anthropology | BS Emphasis in Forensic Science | BA in Victim Studies | BS in Victim Studies | Course Descriptions


Administrative Officers
Title/DepartmentContact
Dean Vincent J. Webb, Ph.D.
(936) 294-1635; vwebb@shsu.edu
Associate Dean for Academic Programs Holly A. Miller, Ph.D.
(936) 294-1686; hmiller@shsu.edu
Assistant Dean for Research and Development William King, Ph.D.
(936) 294-1345;wrk003@shsu.edu

Faculty: Gaylene Armstrong, Todd Armstrong, Leana Bouffard, Brian Boutwell, Joan Bytheway, Steven Cuvelier, Rolando del Carmen, Jerry Dowling, Jim Dozier, Cortney Franklin, Travis Franklin, Charles Friel, David Gangitano, R.L. Garner, Jurg Gerber, Howard Henderson, Larry Hoover, Sarah Kerrigan, William King, Kelly Knight, Dennis Longmire, Phillip Lyons, Scott Menard, Holly Miller, Janet Mullings, Matt Nobles, Will Oliver, David Pyrooz, Ling Ren, Mitchell Roth, Sam Souryal, Raymond Teske, Victoria Titterington, Michael Vaughn, Bill Wells, Jorn Chi-Chung Yu, Yan Zhang, Jihong Solomon Zhao

Mission

PREAMBLE: The College of Criminal Justice is committed to providing students with a quality liberal arts education. Furthermore, students will gain an appreciation of their role as criminal justice professionals and as contributing members of society. As a part of a public university, the College also is committed to public service.

The University baccalaureate core curriculum will provide the foundation for talents necessary to succeed in the criminal justice profession and in society. These talents include:

  • an ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • an ability to use numbers and symbols in the representation of reality and to engage in logical thinking.
  • an appreciation of the scientific method and the contribution of the sciences.
  • an appreciation of culture through the visual and performing arts.
  • an appreciation of human diversity and the imperative of human values in the preservation of a free society.
  • an understanding of the political nature of society and its role in the Union of the United States.
  • an understanding of the role of the individual as part of the family, groups, organization, and society.
  • an appreciation of moral and ethical judgment.
  • an appreciation of self through physical, social, and psychological development.

Criminal Justice: Criminal justice is a discipline that encompasses the preservation and protection of social order in a free society. It includes such principles as democracy, rule of law, constitutionalism, civil liberties, and the safeguarding of citizens against intimidation and oppression. The Criminal Justice curriculum which is based on the University’s liberal arts core is designed to prepare students for higher education or entering careers in criminal justice. Graduates are expected to continue their personal and professional development in a variety of practical settings. To achieve this mission, four dimensions of development serve as a basis for the curriculum.

Knowledge, Reasoning, Judgment: The Criminal Justice curriculum provides students with the opportunity and assistance to acquire knowledge of the roles of policing, courts, laws, and corrections as they contribute to social order. Students will gain knowledge of the history, concepts, and critical issues in these areas through criminal justice required courses. The curriculum further provides a theoretical foundation of the discipline, combined with a thorough understanding of the scientific method as it applies to criminal justice. This combination is expected to sharpen the students’ talents of reasoning and judgment — qualities imperative to rational functioning in the discipline.

Ability, Skills, Integration: The Criminal Justice curriculum provides students with the ability to achieve the professional goals of criminal justice. Students will learn how to prudently integrate knowledge and practice in criminal justice. Furthermore, the curriculum provides students with an opportunity to develop the individual and group skills necessary to meet various role expectations.

Conduct, Professionalism, Ethics: The Criminal Justice curriculum provides students with an appreciation for the complexity and dilemmas associated with the criminal justice profession. Criminal Justice students will be exposed to the moral and ethical dimensions of the various careers within the discipline and will be charged with the essential aptitudes necessary for their professional conduct.

Vision, Change, Adaptation: The Criminal Justice curriculum provides students with an understanding of the discipline as it currently exists and as it is envisioned to be in the future. The Criminal Justice student will be able to apply vision in the face of change and to respond to the evolving nature of criminal justice and society. Furthermore, students will be equipped with the tools of adaptation for making these changes.

The Criminal Justice program at Sam Houston State University was established by the Texas Legislature in 1965 under House Resolution 469, which directed the University to establish a program of excellence in criminal justice with four objectives:

  • Provide training for undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in criminal justice;
  • Provide a program of continuing education for professionals already employed in the field;
  • Provide technical assistance and consultation services to criminal justice agencies;
  • Promote research on problems in crime and the administration of criminal justice.

The College of Criminal Justice has developed a regional and national reputation for excellence. The academic programs include a major in criminal justice at the bachelor’s level and graduate degrees at the masters and doctoral levels. The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy in Criminal Justice is available only to students already holding an advanced degree.

Academic Programs

MajorDegree(s)
Criminal Justice B.A., B.S.
Victim Studies B.A. B.S.
Note: This listing of undergraduate degree programs is correct as of March 2011 and does not include those degree programs being phased out.

Note: This listing of undergraduate degree programs is correct as of March 2011 and does not include those degree programs being phased out.

Highlights

  • The Criminal Justice Center is a 130,000 square foot facility which houses a courtroom, auditorium, conference facilities, hotel and café.
  • The Criminal Justice Center encompasses the Bill Blackwood Law Enforcement Institute of Texas, the Correctional Management Institute of Texas, and the Crime Victims’ Institute.
  • The CJ program boasts one of the largest faculties in the United States with experts in the field of law, law enforcement, police administration, criminology, corrections, history, psychology, terrorism, forensic anthropology, and forensic science.
  • Recruiters from various agencies around the world visit the center on a regular basis.
  • Students receive real world experience by participating in agency tours, internships, and regional/national conferences.

Suggested Minors

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Forensic Anthropology
  • Forensic Science
  • Foreign Language
  • General Business
  • Information Assurance
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Career Opportunities

  • Police Agencies - Federal, State, County, Municipal
  • Security Management
  • Immigration/Customs Enforcement
  • Border Patrol
  • Drug Enforcement
  • Private Investigation
  • Probation
  • Parole
  • Family/Child Services
  • Correctional Advisor/Counselor
  • Game Warden
  • Military Police
  • Military Intelligence
  • Victim Services Specialist

Student Organizations and Activities

  • Alpha Phi Sigma National Criminal Justice Honor Society
  • Crime Victims Service Alliance
  • Lambda Alpha Epsilon Criminal Justice Association
  • National Association of Blacks in Criminal Justice
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society
  • Society of Forensic Science

The College of Criminal Justice hosts a variety of events for students including special guest lecturers at Real Talk with CJ, College of Criminal Justice Career Fair, College of Criminal Justice Undergraduate Conference, victimology fairs, mock courtroom trials, and an annual student/faculty picnic each Spring semester.

Internships/Study Abroad

Through the Internship Program, many criminal justice agencies in the United States have had an opportunity to recruit dedicated and well-educated men and women for careers in law enforcement, corrections, victim services, forensic science and a variety of social service agencies that work with the offender. Students interested in serving as interns must have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 in all coursework and be classified as seniors. Field placements range from local to international agencies with emphases on law enforcement, corrections, courts/legal services, and support/social services. The following is a list of some of the agencies used as field placements:

  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations
  • Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
  • INTERPOL
  • Pinkerton Investigative Services
  • Texas Attorney General
  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife
  • United Nations
  • United States Custom Service
  • United States Department of State
  • United States Marshal Service
  • United States Secret Service
  • White House Security, Washington D.C.

The College of Criminal Justice offers a variety of study abroad opportunities to contrasting locales, including Turkey, Poland, Italy, Korea, Spain, and China. Traveling with SHSU turns an ordinary trip into an unforgettable experience. Students may receive 3 hours of academic credit for study abroad. Classes include study of justice administration in the study country, including: victimology, human rights issues, police training, crime patterns and trends, correctional systems and criminal and procedural law. For more information, visit Criminal Justice Study Abroad

Scholarships

Scholarships are available to criminal justice majors and awarded in the spring of each year at the College of Criminal Justice Honors Convocation for the following academic year. With the exception of incoming freshmen scholarships, a student must have completed at least one long semester at Sam Houston State University. For more information, visit CJ scholarship.

Curriculum*

Sam Houston State University is authorized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to offer a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Criminal Justice, and a Bachelor of Arts in Victim Studies. Coursework for these degrees is offered by the College of Criminal Justice. The prefix designation for registration purposes is “CJ <CRIJ>"

Program Specific Requirements

Please see the individual degree plans below for degree specific requirements.

Criminal Justice Core

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberCourse NameHours
CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> Criminology 3
CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364> Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CJ 265 <CRIJ 2365> Correctional Systems and Practices 3
CJ 267 <CRIJ 2367> Police Systems and Practices 3
CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378> Introduction to Methods of Research 3
CJ 485 <CRIJ 4385> Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity 3
CJ 350 <CRIJ 3350> Victimology 3
24
Major (No Minor)
Core Courses 24
Criminal Justice Electives 21
Major (With Approved Minor in Another Field)
Core Courses 24
Criminal Justice Electives* 12 or 15
Minor 18

Bachelor of Arts
Major in Criminal Justice

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberHoursRecommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication) 6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 3
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1
Degree Specific Requirements
ENG 330 <ENGL 3330> 3 Must be taken in Residence
1STA 379 <STAT 3379> 3 Junior
Foreign Language 14
Criminal Justice Major Core
CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> 3
CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> 3
CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364> 3
CJ 265 <CRIJ 2365> 3
CJ 267 <CRIJ 2367> 3
CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378> 3
CJ 485 <CRIJ 4385> 3 Must be taken after CRIJ 3378
CJ 350 <CRIJ 3350> 3 Senior
Criminal Justice Major Electives
CJ <CRIJ> Advanced Electives 21
General Electives 13
Minor (if required)
Total Hours: 120

Notes:

1Equivalents such as PSY 387 <PSYC 3301>, SOC 343 <SOCI 3443> can be taken to satisfy STA 379 <STAT 3379>.

Forty-two semester hours of advanced coursework (300 <3000> or 400 <4000> level) are the absolute minimum. Minimum number of semester hours in residence: 30 semester hours of which 24 must be advanced.

Use general electives to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Bachelor of Science
Major in Criminal Justice

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberHoursRecommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication)1 6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 3
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1
Degree Specific Requirements
ENG 330 <ENGL 3330> 3 Must be taken in Residence
1STA 379 <STAT 3379> 3 Junior
2ECO 230 <ECON 2300>, PHL 262 <PHIL 2303>, PHL 362 <PHIL 3362>, PHL 265 <PHIL 3365>, POL 285 <POLS 2302>, POL 393 <POLS 3393>, PSY 131 <PSYC 1301>, PSY 331 <PSYC 3331>, PSY 383 <PSYC 3383>, SOC 131 <SOCI 1301>, SOC 364 <SOCI 3324> 15
Criminal Justice Major Core
CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> 3
CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> 3
CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364> 3
CJ 265 <CRIJ 2365> 3
CJ 267 <CRIJ 2367> 3
CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378> 3
CJ 485 <CRIJ 4385> 3 Must be taken after <CRIJ 3378>
CJ 350 <CRIJ 3350> 3 Senior
Criminal Justice Major Electives
CJ Advanced Electives 21
General Electives 12
Minor (if required)
Total Hours: 120

Notes:

1Equivalents such as PSY 387<PSYC 3301>, SOC 343 <SOCI 3443> can be taken to satisfy STA 379<STAT 3379>.

2The following courses: ECO 230 <ECON 2300>, POL 285 <POLS 2302>, and PSY 131 <PHYS 1301> will satisfy Component Area V and degree specific requirements.

Forty-two semester hours of advanced coursework (300 <3000> or 400 <4000> level) are the absolute minimum. Minimum number of semester hours in residence: 30 semester hours of which 24 must be advanced.

Use general electives to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Bachelor of Arts
Major in Victim Studies

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberHoursRecommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication) 6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 3
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1
Degree Specific Requirements
Foreign Language 14
Victims Studies Major Core
CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> 3
CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> 3
CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378>
3
 
CJ 480 <CRIJ 4380> 3
CJ 498 <CRIJ 4398>
3
 
Victim Specific Courses (6 hrs.)
CJ 438 <CRIJ 4338>, CJ 483 <CRIJ 4383>, CJ 490 <CRIJ 4390>, CJ 341, <CRIJ 3341> 6
Victims Service Courses (6 hrs.)
CJ 451 <CRIJ 4351>, POL 338 <POLS 3338>, CJ 470 <4370>, CJ 351 <CRIJ 3351> 6
Social Justice Courses (6 hrs.)
CJ 485 <CRIJ 4385>, CJ 340 <CRIJ 3340>, SOC 333 <SOCI 3333>, SOC 364 <SOCI 3364> 6
Additional Electives
CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364>, CJ 368 <CRIJ 3368>, CJ 462 <CRIJ 4362>, PHL 471 <PHIL 4371>, POL 393 <POLS 3393>, PSY 237 <PSYC 2305>, PSY 331 <PSYC 3331>, PSY 289 <PSYC 2315>, SOC 462 <SOCI 3341>, CNE 231 <CNE 2331>, CJ 473 <CRIJ 4373> 9
General Elective 16
Minor (if required) 18
Total Hours: 120

Notes:

Forty-two semester hours of advanced coursework (300 <3000> or 400 <4000> level) are the absolute minimum. Minimum number of semester hours in residence: 30 semester hours of which 24 must be advanced.

Use general electives to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Bachelor of Science
Major in Victim Studies

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberHoursRecommended Sequence
Core Curriculum
Component Area I (Communication) 6
Component Area II (Mathematics) 3
Component Area III (Natural Sciences) 8
Component Area IV (Humanities/Visual/Performing Arts) 9
Component Area V (Social/Behavioral Sciences) 15
Component Area VI (Institutionally Designated Option) 1
Degree Specific Requirements
ECO 230 <ECON 2300>, PHL 262 <PHIL 2303>, PHL 362 <PHIL 3362>, PHL 265 <PHIL 3365>, POL 285 <POLS 2302>, POL 393 <POLS 3393>, PSY 131 <PSYC 1301>, PSY 331 <PSYC 3331>, PSY 383 <PSYC 3383>, SOC 131 <SOCI 1301>, SOC 364 <SOCI 3324> 15
Victims Studies Major Core
CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> 3
CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> 3
CJ 378 <CRIJ 3378>
3
 
CJ 480 <CRIJ 4380> 3
CJ 498 <CRIJ 4398>
3
 
Victim Specific Courses (6 hrs.)
CJ 438 <CRIJ 4338>, CJ 483 <CRIJ 4383>, CJ 490 <CRIJ 4390>, CJ 341, <CRIJ 3341> 6
Victims Service Courses (6 hrs.)
CJ 451 <PSYC 1301>, POL 338 <POLS 3338>, CJ 470 <4370>, CJ 351 <CRIJ 3351> 6
Social Justice Courses (6 hrs.)
CJ 485 <CRIJ 4385>, CJ 340 <CRIJ 3340>, SOC 333 <SOCI 3333>, SOC 364 <SOCI 3364> 6
Additional Electives
CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364>, CJ 368 <CRIJ 3368>, CJ 462 <CRIJ 4362>, PHL 471 <PHIL 4371>, POL 393 <POLS 3393>, PSY 237 <PSYC 2305>, PSY 331 <PSYC 3331>, PSY 289 <PSYC 2315>, SOC 462 <SOCI 3341>, CNE 231 <COUN 2331>, CJ 473 <CRIJ 4373> 9
General Electives 15
Minor (if required) 18
Total Hours: 120

Notes:

Forty-two semester hours of advanced coursework (300 <3000> or 400 <4000> level) are the absolute minimum. Minimum number of semester hours in residence: 30 semester hours of which 24 must be advanced.

Use general electives to satisfy the 42 advanced hour requirement.

Minor in Criminal Justice

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberHours
CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> Introduction to the Criminal Justice System 3
CJ 262 <CRIJ 2362> Criminology 3
CJ 264 <CRIJ 2364> Criminal Law 3
CJ 485 <CRIJ 4385> Crime, Justice and Social Diversity 3
CJ <CRIJ> Advanced Elective 6
18

Minor in Forensic Anthropology

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberHours
<CRIJ 3331> Foundations of Forensic Anthropology I: Physical Anthropology 3
CJ 336 <CRIJ 3366> Forensic Science 3
<CRIJ 3420> Human Osteology 4
<CRIJ 4442> Introduction of Forensic Anthropology 4
CJ 477 <CRIJ 4377>  Advanced Techniques in Forensic Anthropology 3
17

Bachelor of Science
With Emphasis in Forensic Science

Students seeking a background that will prepare them for careers in Forensic Science can select advanced courses that can lead to a major in Chemistry and a minor in Criminal Justice and/or Biology.

3 Digit to 4 Digit Crosswalk

SHSU Course NumberCourse Name
CHM 348 <CHEM 3438> Introductory Biochemistry
CHM 339 <CHEM 3339> Metabolism
CHM 440 <CHEM 4440> Instrumental Analytical Chemistry
CHM 441 <CHEM 4441> Methods for Environmental and Industrial analyses
CHM 448 <CHEM 4448> Physical Chemistry I
CHM 495 <CHEM 4395> Undergraduate Research in Chemistry
CJ 261 <CRIJ 2361> Introduction to the Criminal Justice System
CJ 267 <CRIJ 2367> Police Systems and Practices
CJ 268 <CRIJ 2368> Criminal Investigation
CJ 294 <CRIJ 2394> The Courts and Criminal Procedure
CJ 366 <CRIJ 3366> Forensic Science
CJ 363 <CRIJ 3363> Violent Offenders
CJ 462 <CRIJ 4362> Substance Use and Abuse
CJ 473 <CRIJ 4373>  Undergraduate Internship In Criminal Justice (nine hours)
Other recommended courses include:
BIO 345 <BIOL 3450> Introductory Genetics
BIO 347 <BIOL 3470> General Microbiology
BIO 349 <BIOL 3490> Histology
BIO 474 <BIOL 4374> Biostatistics
BIO 480 <BIOL 4480> Introduction to Molecular Biology

Information on Programs and Grants

For additional information regarding admission requirements, degree programs, description of courses, and scholarships available to students, please refer to appropriate sections of the Undergraduate Catalog or the Graduate Catalog of Sam Houston State University. Brochures and information regarding the College of Criminal Justice baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs may be obtained by visiting our website www.cjcenter.org or by writing:

Dean and Director
College of Criminal Justice
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2296

Requests for information concerning loans, grants, and other financial aid to undergraduate students should be addressed to the:

Student Financial Aid Office
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, Texas 77341-2328.


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