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Estimated Completion

120 credit hours (4 years)

Application Process

  1. Admission to Tarleton State University – Undergraduate Studies


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B.S. in Criminal Justice


This degree is designed to merge academic knowledge with applied experience. The program offers courses encompassing a variety of components that prepare students for career entry, promotion, federal employment, and/or graduate study. In addition to the high academic credentials of our faculty, many have work experience as police officers, correctional staff, and years of practice with criminal law. Sharing classroom time with faculty can integrate the textbook material with professional practice, as well as provide valuable insight into the justice system that is not offered to students at many universities. 

Jump Right In

Our program's structure will provide you with the opportunity for interaction with other students and professionals with the same interests. Ultimately, the entire Criminal Justice Field offers many employment opportunities and job security.

Designed With You in Mind

Our highly experienced faculty incorporate a curriculum that has been designed to provide you with a quality education. The Criminal Justice program offers online, hybrid, and face-to-face course options to better fit your schedule. The department also helps you with the placement of internships in the area of your interest.


Related Programs

Not what you were looking for? Tarleton State University offers over 100 different degrees and certifications that may be of interest to you, including:

Plan Your Future

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Career Opportunities

A Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice can lead to career options such as:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Law enforcement officer
  • Private investigator
  • Correctional officer
  • Forensics investigator
Tarleton State University Police

Real Experience

In addition, the Criminal Justice program offers internships with:

  • Tarleton State University Police
  • Erath County Sheriff's Office
  • Granbury Police Department
  • Stephenville Police Department
  • Juvenile Probation
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Career Services

Career Services offers students a wide variety of professional development opportunities that can translate into careers. A few of these programs include:

  • Career counseling and My Plan
  • Hire A Texan - Online Job Board
  • Mock interviews
  • Resume assistance
  • Texan Shadow

And many more!

Program Objectives

  • Expand the students’ knowledge of criminal justice,
  • Provide students with a broad-based education, and
  • Provide students with the skills and knowledge require to successfully navigate the competitive process to advance within career opportunities.

Coursework Highlights

Class Number Class Name
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices
CRIJ 2335 Criminal Investigation
CRIJ 3300 Juvenile Delinquency
CRIJ 3311 Techniques of Interviewing
CRIJ 4301 Gender, Crime, and the Criminal Justice System
CRIJ 4303 Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity
CRIJ 4325 Advanced Investigation

For more information on courses, please refer to the university catalog.

Facilities and Features

Students on a study abroad trip

Study Abroad

Study abroad opportunities allow students to gain first-hand knowledge of a variety of criminal justice systems and issues from a global perspective. This experience provides students greater insight to our own criminal justice system through comparative viewpoint. The most recent study abroad trips in Criminal Justice have been to Scotland and Prague.

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Student Organizations

The Criminal Justice program at Tarleton State University offers organizations to get students involved, such as:

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Texan Corps of Cadets

The Texan Corps of Cadets are instilled with values that are essential for the service of our nation, and are exceptionally qualified to succeed in several areas of business, government, and the military. Corps members can benefit from scholarships, corporate internships, and graduation reward opportunities, as well as with the option to minor in Leadership Studies.

Learn more about the Texan Corps of Cadets.