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Criminal Justice


The mission of the criminal justice program at the University of the Incarnate Word is to develop an awareness and knowledge of the criminal justice system in American society.  This program offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and is built from an integrated liberal arts orientation. Emphasizing the history and current operations of the criminal courts, law enforcement and corrections services, the program seeks to foster a critical analysis of criminal justice as a social institution.  The criminal justice program aims to develop informed and conscientious students who understand the responsibilities of working in the criminal justice field.  Shaped by the values of an Incarnate Word education, the criminal justice program will advance the search for truth, social justice and the common good.

Career Opportunities with a B.A. in Criminal Justice

Juvenile Court Counselor
Probation Officer
Police Officer
Park Ranger
Private Security Officer
Parole Officer
Victim Services Specialist
U.S. Customs Agent
Fish and Game Warden
Corrections Officer
Postal Service Investigator
Pre-Trial Services Officer

Career Opportunities with education beyond the B.A. in Criminal Justice

Court Administrator
Criminal Investigator
FBI Agent
Police Detective
Substance Abuse Counselor
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Requirements for a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
36 semester hours as follows

  1. 24 semester hours of required courses:

CRJU 1311 Introduction to Criminal justice
CRJU 2392 Introduction to the U.S. Legal System (cross-list with POLS)
CRJU 3322 Criminology (cross-list with SOCI)
CRJU 3330 Law Enforcement in America
CRJU 3340 Corrections
CRJU 3381 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (cross-list with SOCI)
CRJU 3384 Research Methods in Criminal Justice
CRJU 4301 Senior Seminar in Criminal justice

  1. 12 semester hours from the following courses:

CRJU 3323 Issues in Contemporary Criminal Justice (cross-list with SOCI)
CRJU 3341 Community Corrections
CRJU 3342 Correctional Casework and Counseling
CRJU 3345 Sociology of the Death Penalty (cross-list with SOCI)
CRJU 3350 Juvenile Justice
CRJU 3360 Ethics in Criminal Justice
CRJU 3365 Media and Crime
CRJU 3370 Texas Criminal Justice System
PHIL 3385 Justice: Tradition and Transformation
CRJU 3390 Internship in Criminal Justice
POLS 4316 Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

  1. A minor in any other discipline.  Suggested minors would include:  Sociology, Psychology, Political Science, Philosophy, Computer Information Systems, or Management


Requirements for a Minor in Criminal Justice

12 semester hours (6 upper division) in CRJU

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