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Criminal Justice Association members behind group's table at an event.

Criminal Justice Association

Tarleton's Criminal Justice Association (CJA) 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. CJA Network with like-minded individuals, other students who are embarking on the same journey as you, when you join the Criminal Justice Association.


As a member, you will have the opportunity to participate in field trips such as

  • The Dallas Love Field Airport,
  • Ron Jackson Correctional Facility,
  • The United States Air Marshall Training facility

and more.

You will also receive hands-on experience, firearms safety training, the opportunity to engage with lecturers and special guests and participate in a number of community and university service projects.

Join the Criminal Justice Association

For more information on joining the Criminal Justice Association or the opportunities presented by the CJA, please contact an advisor.

Advisor Phone Location
Dr. Sharece Downey 254-968-9767 Stephenville
Mr. Casey Heath 254-968-1822 Stephenville
Dr. Shannon Hankhouse 254-299-8316 Waco

Back the Blue

The Tarleton State University Criminal Justice Association is offering you a chance to show your support for the fallen officers who help protect our neighborhoods. For $20, you can own a shirt showing that you believe in the men and women protecting our streets. Part of the proceeds will go to the Texas Peace Officer Flag Fund, which honors families of fallen officers with an official state flag. Check out the Criminal Justice Association t-shirt.

If you are interested in purchasing a shirt please contact a CJA Advisor.