Academic Programs

The College of Criminal Justice offers a wide selection of degree programs in the criminal justice field to fit your unique needs and interests. Choose from face-to-face classes, online options, or weekend studies to fit your needs. Online course options include 5-week Premium Distance Learning Courses.

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Criminal Justice and Criminology

The Criminal Justice and Criminology Department is one of the most prestigious and well known criminal justice colleges in the nation. We offer a wide range of degrees and certificates with a rigorous graduate program that features masters and Ph.D. opportunities. See the many different paths to a SHSU CJ degree below:

Forensic Science

The Department of Forensic Science is filled with distinguished faculty members who are experts in the field. Our Master’s and Ph.D. programs are very hands-on, providing students with the opportunity to work with cutting edge technology alongside lead researchers. See the many different opportunities that the first forensic science doctoral Ph.D. program in the nation can offer you!

Security Studies

The Department of Security Studies is a newer discipline that began after the 9/11 attacks in 2001. We are dedicated to preparing students for natural and man made crises. We offer several degree options with online flexibility and a masters program. Learn how to be prepared for all situations with a degree in Security Studies today!

Victim Studies

Our newest discipline, which has the only bachelor's degree of its kind, The Department of Victim Studies, helps develop future victim service professionals. With the College of Criminal Justice developing the first course in victimology back in 2003, the rise of professionals in victim services has grown tremendously. We offer an undergraduate and graduate degree plan, each built to equip students with the necessary tools to be successful after graduation! Our Master of Science in Victim Services Management is offered online to fit the busy schedules of working professionals and can now be completed within 1 year. Take a look at each of our degree plans below: