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 opportunities. A criminal justice major can prepare you for a career in probation, parole, law school and any social service agency or government agency.
- Recent graduates of UT Tyler’s criminal justice program ranked in the top 10% of all criminal justice graduates in a national test given to seniors.
- Graduates of the UT Tyler criminal justice program are highly sought after for positions in federal, state and county government.
Graduates of the UT Tyler criminal justice program are currently employed in positions with: law enforcement, adult and juvenile probation, child protective services, the Drug Enforcement Administration, Secret Service, etc.
- 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 frequent presentations by local agencies.
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 ensures that students have 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.
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.
More about UT Tyler’s criminal justice program of study
Career Outlook for Criminal Justice
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. Occupations range from police officer and detective to positions with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Homeland Security and beyond. For more information, visit Occupational Outlook Handbook - Police and Detectives.