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.

Professor Evaluates Effectiveness Of Domestic Violence Specialty Courts

The expertise of Ling Ren, criminal justice professor and researcher at Sam Houston State University, is helping the Montgomery County District Attorney's office. Domestic violence is a public health and criminal problem nationwide. In recent years, many Texas jurisdictions have been working towards a solution to the problem.

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NYPD’s Chief of Interagency Operations speaks at SHSU

The Institute of Homeland Security (IHS) at SHSU hosted a two-day symposium this week at the College of Criminal Justice. This was the second gathering of the IHS Advisory Board to review and discuss their strategic plan.

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Victim Studies Professors Recognized

Dr. Shelly Clevenger and Dr. Bree Boppre have been recognized for their work in the field of Victim Studies by the American Society of Criminology’s (ASC) Division on Women and Crime (DWC).

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CJ Announces Beto Fellow Recipient

The College of Criminal Justice is pleased to announce Dr. Yan Zhang as the 2022 inaugural Beto Fellowship recipient.Led by the College’s Beto & Awards Committee, the Beto Endowed Fellowship is dedicated to professional development.

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CMIT Featured in Justice Trends

Justice Trends has recently featured Doug Dretke, the Executive Director for the Corrections Management Institute of Texas (CMIT), in their magazine for his leadership training and correctional management excellence.

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