Criminal Justice BS Degree
Be Ready to Serve and Lead in a Challenging, Fast-Growing Field
A 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: Rigorous. 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.
Coming in Fall 2020
UT Tyler criminal justice students will have three new high-demand specializations to choose from beginning in fall 2020. In addition to the criminal justice generalist option, degree tracks will be offered in:
- Homeland Security
- Forensic Science
- Juvenile Justice
Criminal Justice Career Outlook
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment opportunities within the criminal justice system are expected to continue growing over the next few years.
For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Police and Detectives.
Criminal Justice Courses: Methods. Procedures. Ethics.
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.