Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

Available: On Campus and Online

The College of Criminal Justice at Sam Houston State University is one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the nation.

The Criminal Justice degrees, offered by the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, provide a close-knit learning environment, expert faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities including a full-service courtroom.

We offer an online bachelor's degree which allows students to complete their four-year degree with flexibility.


The College of Criminal Justice offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Criminal Justice. Additionally, both the BA and BS in Criminal Justice are offered online.

The BS requires additional hours of a social science (e.g., psychology, sociology, political science, communication studies, etc.) whereas the BA requires additional hours of a foreign language (e.g., Spanish, French, American Sign, etc.).

Popular courses include:

  • Cyber Crime
  • Police Systems and Practices
  • Correctional Systems and Practices
  • Victimology
  • Understanding Human Behavior
  • Criminal Justice and Social Diversity
  • Professionalism and Ethics in CJ


The College of Criminal Justice offers an internship program for seniors to earn course credit while gaining hands-on experience and networking opportunities. Participating organizations include INTERPOL, the FBI, local police departments, and many more.

Careers in Criminal Justice

  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Lawyer
  • Investigator
  • Fire Inspector
  • Document Examiner
  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Security Officer

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Costs Rates Per Semester

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 15