Welcome to the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Texas at Brownsville and thank you for your interest. Please look through our website to learn more about our exciting programs and course offerings. I think you will find we are unique in a number of ways. First, we offer a bachelor’s degree with three tracks that allow students to specialize in law enforcement, forensic science, or corrections. We also offer a pre-law bachelor’s degree in law and justice studies, which is designed to prepare students for law school. To better accommodate non-traditional students, or students that work, our courses are delivered in several ways. Students can take courses in the classroom, on-line, or through a mixture of the two. We understand that students want to graduate on time, so most courses are offered every semester. We also try to schedule lecture-based courses to accommodate both nighttime and daytime students.
The department is dedicated to providing a quality education, using up-to-date pedagogical techniques, to meet the demands of a complex and rapidly developing criminal justice system. Our faculty are experienced and have taught for UTB for at least 6 years. Most have terminal degrees, or doctorates, in their fields, and are actively involved in research and staying current in their areas of interests. In addition to teaching and research experience, most of our faculty have spent time working for the criminal justice system, as police officers, forensic scientists, lawyers, probation officers and correctional officers. They are very good at explaining how academic, or textbook material applies to real-world situations. Finally, our faculty understand that working in the criminal justice system is very demanding. To have successful careers, practitioners are required to show a high degree of professionalism, integrity, sound judgment, leadership, critical thinking, good communication skills, problem solving skills, and an ability to grow and learn. We design our courses to give students these necessary skills to excel in many positions in the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, parole and probation, corrections, and juvenile justice.
I hope you find our website informative and useful. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let us know.