Criminal Justice BS Degree

Be Ready to Serve and Lead in a Challenging, Fast-Growing Field

criminal justice degree from The University of Texas at Tyler prepares you for a dynamic career in a wide-ranging and growing field.

Criminal justice career options range from positions in local police departments to federal jobs with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Homeland Security, the U.S. Customs Agency, CIA, FBI and private security.

  • Recent graduates of UT Tyler’s criminal justice program ranked in the top 10% of all criminal justice majors in a national test given to seniors.
  • Our criminal justice graduates are highly sought after for positions in federal, state and county government.

Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice: Focused on Problem Solving, Critical Thinking.

  • Examine the complex aspects of crime and criminal justice from the sociological, psychological, public policy, legal and practitioner perspectives.
  • Pursue a curriculum based on recommendations of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the national association that promotes criminal justice education, research and policy analysis.
  • Complete a comprehensive capstone experience in which you develop a policy proposal to improve an existing program or solve a new problem.
  • Intern in any field agency, law office or government agency to gain hands-on experience in your specific career interests.
  • Network with criminal justice professionals from the East Texas region through the Criminal Justice Student Association, which hosts presentations by local agencies.

Choose Your Focus

UT Tyler criminal justice students have three new high-demand specializations to choose from. In addition to the criminal justice generalist option, degree tracks are now offered in:

  • Homeland Security
  • Forensic Science
  • Juvenile Justice

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Criminal Justice Courses: Methods. Procedures. Ethics.

  • Criminal Investigation

    Explore methods of obtaining and reporting information from the crime scene, victims, complainants, witnesses and suspects. Study investigations of specific crimes.

  • Probation and Parole

    Examine the structure, organization and operation of probation and parole services. Emphasis is placed on applicable state statutes and administrative guidelines.

  • Ethical Issues in Criminal Justice

    Study ethical issues facing the criminal justice system. Problems confronting law enforcement, the courts and the juvenile and correctional systems are addressed.

    Learn more about UT Tyler’s criminal justice program of study.



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Criminal Justice Faculty: Field-Experienced. Theory-Based.

--Take courses from college professors experienced in a wide range of the criminal justice system from law to enforcement, including work in homicide and vice.

--Be part of a criminal justice degree program that provides students ready access to faculty members with one-on-one attention in class and through convenient office hours.

--Study with professors who have written widely for professional journals and authored or contributed to books such as The Praeger Handbook of Victimology; Affinographs: A New Method for Assessment of Families and Couples; and The American Jury: Issues and Commentary.

Find out more about UT Tyler criminal justice faculty.