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College of Criminal Justice

As one of the most established, largest, and most prestigious criminal justice programs in the country, the College of Criminal Justice continues to set national standards in the field in both research and practice. The College offers a wide variety of degree programs and certificates in Criminal Justice and Criminology, Forensic Science, and Security Studies as well as special programs, organizations, and events. The Journal of Criminal Justice Education ranked the faculty in our college #1 in research productivity. Additionally, the College of Criminal Justice was recently ranked 3rd in the world by the Center for World University Rankings. We are pleased to offer a program allowing students working on or completing the AA degree to transfer a maximum of 66 academic credit hours towards the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University. The degree from SHSU requires a minimum of 120 hours. Courses listed as "upper division (3000 or 4000 level course numbers)" must be completed at the senior institution. With careful selection of electives, a student may attain an AA or AS degree while satisfying the first two years of the corresponding baccalaureate degree at Sam Houston State University.

 

SHSU Required Courses:

SHSU required courses for a Bachelor of Arts degree, College of Criminal Justice

 

SHSU Topic

Common Course

SHSU CJ Core

Hours

Introduction to CJ

CRIJ 1301

CJ 2361

3

Criminology

CRIJ 1307

CJ 2362

3

Fund. Of Criminal Law

CRIJ 1310

CJ 2364

3

Correctional Systems and Practices

CRIJ 2313

CJ 2365

3

Police Systems and Practices

CRIJ 2328

CJ 2367

3

 

 

Total

15

*Degree requirements: CRIJ 3350, CRIJ 3378, and CRIJ 4385.                                                                                                                                                                      9

 

21 hours of CJ Electives

21

Total CJ hours

45

B.A. Degree Specific Requirements:

 

 

 

Technical Writing (completed in residence)

 ENGL 3330

3

Advanced Statistics

 STAT 3379 or MATH 3379 or PSYC 3402 or

SOCI 3443

3

Foreign Language

 

FL 1411, FL 1412, FL 2311, and FL 2312

12-14

* Upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level) must be taken at SHSU or transferred from another university.

 

SHSU required courses for a Bachelor of Science degree, College of Criminal Justice

 

SHSU Topic

Common Course

SHSU CJ Core

Hours

Introduction to CJ

CRIJ 1301

CJ 2361

3

Criminology

CRIJ 1307

CJ 2362

3

Fund. Of Criminal Law

CRIJ 1310

CJ 2364

3

Correctional Systems and Practices

CRIJ 2313

CJ 2365

3

Police Systems and Practices

CRIJ 2328

CJ 2367

3

 

 

Total

15

*Degree requirements: CRIJ 3378 , CRIJ 4385 ,

and CRIJ 3350.                                                                                                                                                      9

 

21 hours of CJ Electives

21

Total CJ hours

45

B.S. Degree Specific Requirements:

 

 

 

Technical Writing (completed in residence)

 ENGL 3330

3

Advanced Statistics

 STAT 3379 or MATH 3379 or PSYC 3402 or

SOCI 3443

3

Select 15 hours

 

15 Credits in ECON 2300 or PHIL 2303 or 3365 or POLS 2306

or 3393 or PSYC 1301 or 3331 or 3383 or SOCI 1301 or 3324 or

COMS 3370 or 3371

15

* Upper division courses (3000 and 4000 level) must be taken at SHSU or transferred from another university.

 

The extensive list of courses transferred by the College of Criminal Justice includes the following Field of Study Courses (FOS) mandated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Field of Study Courses

 

Texas Common Course Number

SHSU Course Number

Hours Credit

THECB COURSE TITLE

CRIJ 1301 **

CJ2361

3

Introduction to Criminal Justice

CRIJ 1306    

CJ2394

3

Court Systems & Practices

CRIJ 1310 **

CJ2364

3

Fundamentals of Criminal Law

CRIJ 2313 **

CJ2365

3

Correctional Systems & Practices

CRIJ 2328 **

CJ2367

3

Police Systems & Practices

 

 

All degrees require a minimum of 120 hours with 42 advanced hours (3000 and 4000 level courses.  In general, the Bachelor of Arts degree requires 8 hours of lab science with 12-14 credits of foreign language. The Bachelor of Science degree requires 8 hours of lab science with 15 hours of social sciences.  Applicants for the Bachelor of Arts degree should consult their major department web page for foreign language requirements.  Applicants for the Bachelor of Science degree should consult their major department web page for social science requirements. For more information on the Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice online, please visit https://www.shsu.edu/programs/bachelor-degree-in-criminal-justice/ . Many colleges and programs have additional prerequisites for upper-level classes. Prior to enrolling in core classes, students are encouraged to review specific degree requirements for their major.  Selection of major specified core courses may reduce the total number of hours required for graduation. Students are encouraged to select the university catalog for which they are eligible (actively enrolled in courses) at https://www.shsu.edu/catalog/cj.html offering them the most advantages with respect to degree completion. The respective university and/or college catalog selected for graduation determines final degree requirements.