The Department of Victim Studies within the College of Criminal Justice enables current and future victim service professionals the tools needed to restore survivors’ feelings of safety, choice and control.

SHSU is the only institution to offer an undergraduate major in victim studies and the only master’s degree in the field. Other institutions across the nation offer minors, concentrations, or certificates.

The College of Criminal Justice established the nation’s first course in victimology in the 1980’s and the first undergraduate degree in victim studies in 2003.

The Victim Studies Department is preparing students to better assist victims and make positive change in the criminal justice system.