College of Criminal Justice

Welcome to the College of Criminal Justice

Join one of the largest and most prestigious criminal justice programs in the country.

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University is one of the top programs in the country for the study of criminal justice and criminology, forensic science, and security studies and continues to set the national standard for these disciplines in higher education. Since 1963, the college has been at the forefront of academic research and professional leadership development.

Learn from our faculty, a worldwide collection of the most respected criminal justice experts in the study of criminal justice, who bring modern technological methods and advanced applications into the classroom.

  • Choose from a large criminal justice course selection, including online courses
  • Study at research Institutes in Law Enforcement, Corrections, Victims, and Legal Studies
  • Join active Honor societies and Student Associations
  • Access to world renowned law enforcement and correctional training institutes
  • Apply for several criminal justice scholarships and graduate student assistantships

Grow personally and professionally by pursuing an exciting career with a criminal justice, forensic science, or homeland security studies degree. Embrace all of the resources the College of Criminal Justice has to offer through our undergraduate degrees, masters degrees, and Ph.D. programs. Apply today and choose one of our degree programs that open a world of opportunity.

Commencement Spotlight: Colton Adams

Colton Adams has never been interested in your sympathy.

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Commencement Spotlight: Jose David Ramos

Since middle school, Jose David Ramos knew that criminal justice was the path for him.

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Criminal Justice Professor Creates Open Educational Resource Premium Distance Learning Course

Dr. Mary Breaux of the Sam Houston State University College of Criminal Justice and Department of Victim Studies, Susan Strickland of the SHSU Newton Gresham Library, and Dr. Jacqueline Bower, an instructional designer for SHSU Online, were competitively selected state-wide to participate in an Open Educational Resource (OER) academy.

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Professor Participates in the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network's Summer Research Institute

Dr. Cassandra Gonzalez participated in the in the Racial Democracy, Crime and Justice Network’s Summer Research Institute (SRI) at Rutgers University from June 27th to July 15th last summer.

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Criminology Professor Selected to Participate in Norc’s Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion Scholars Program

The National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago selected Dr. Jonathan Reid and five other scholars to participate in the Diversity, Racial Equity, and Inclusion Scholars Program (DREI) for Fall 2022.

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