Tarleton launches its first Ph.D. program

The Ph.D. program prepares students to face the growing complexities of the criminal justice system and to join the ranks of educated criminal justice professionals with advanced analytical, critical thinking and leadership skills

Around Texas
Around Texas with John Sharp featuring Dr. Katherine Brown.

Dr. Katherine Brown of Tarleton State University is one of the nation's top researchers when it comes to criminal justice and working with police departments.

Crime Analysis
Tarleton Criminal Justice Certificate in Crime Analysis

The undergraduate and graduate certificates in Crime Analysis offer hands-on skills necessary for data-driven management, investigative support, and general crime analysis.

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Fulbright Awardees
Tarleton Criminal Justice Fulbright Awardees

The Fulbright is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to build lasting connections between the people of the United States and the residents of other countries.

Read more about Tarleton's Criminal Justice Awardees

Texas Peace Officer Tuition Exemption

Texas provides tuition assistance to eligible employed peace officers in the state of Texas enrolled in undergraduate criminal justice or law enforcement courses. Please keep in mind that this form is a request for exemption only, and does not guarantee any financial assistance.
Deadline to apply is one week prior to the start of class

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Department of Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice programs that you will find at Tarleton State University are exceptional because the faculty has the expertise and experience to merge theory with practice providing for a well-rounded, relevant, quality education. We are committed to providing educational opportunities to Criminal Justice professionals and students. The building of strong new programs is evidence that we respond to the changing academic and professional needs of our student population.

Our mission is to support the University in providing a quality educational experience for our students. Our charge remains the provision of quality teaching, furnishing students with understanding and insight, as well as the ability to critically assess the dynamics of their society, culture and environment; thereby, preparing them to participate in a complex, diverse and global world. The department seeks to provide quality career professionals to meet Criminal Justice agency needs. Additionally, we seek to afford educational opportunities for our students to participate in chosen career fields and/or graduate study by offering quality instruction, ongoing research and dedicated service to the university, our discipline and the community.

Certificate Programs

Programs & Opportunities

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Criminal Justice Society

Tarleton’s Criminal Justice Society (CJS) is available to all Criminal Justice majors and minors attending classes in Stephenville or Waco. You may be either a full or part-time student, but must be in good standing with the university with an overall and program grade point average of 2.0 or higher. CJS Network with like-minded individuals, other students who are embarking on the same journey as you, when you join the Criminal Justice Society. 

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Alpha Phi Sigma

Alpha Phi Sigma is the nationally recognized honor society for students in the criminal justice sciences. The society recognizes academic excellence by undergraduates as well as graduate students of criminal justice. Set yourself apart, and diversify your educational resume with participation in this industry respected organization. 

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The field experience requires completion of a minimum of 100 hours with the placement agency, enrollment in CRIJ 4331, and completion of all course assignments.

*Your field experience placement and employment cannot be the same agency.

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