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The department is committed to meeting the needs of a diverse student body.  Students can choose from several different degree plans that can be taken either on-line, in the classroom, or a mixture of the two.  First, we offer the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice in a format that allows students to concentrate their coursework in one of three tracks: law enforcement, corrections or forensics.  Students interested in the legal system or going to law school can take our Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice Studies, which is designed to be a pre-law program.  We also offer an Institutional Award in Forensic Investigations that targets working professionals in need of working knowledge in the area of forensic investigations.  Finally, we are part of a consortium with UT Arlington  and UT Permian Basin, that offers an on-line BS degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. 

See the links below to access the latest programs of study:
Bachelor of Science-Criminal Justice (BSCJ).  All courses in this degree plan are offered in a traditional classroom setting, online, or a combination of both.  The degree plan has three tracks: corrections, law enforcement, and forensics. 
Bachelor of Arts in Law and Justice Studies BA.LJST.  This program is designed to prepare students for careers in the legal system and to ready students for law school.  It’s has a multidisciplinary foundation with courses from criminal justice, sociology, psychology, government, and law.   
Institutional Award in Forensics (I.CERT.ICFI).  This award is designed for working professionals needing a working knowledge of forensic investigations.
Bachelor of Science-Criminology and Criminal Justice - Online Degree Plan (BSCJ.OL).  This degree plan is part of the UT consortium.  All of the courses are delivered on-line by either UT Brownsville, UT Permian Basin, or UT Arlington.  For more information, see the consortium’s website at
Other information:
Note 1: The BSCJ degree plan listed above went into effect during the 2012-2013 academic year.   Students falling under the Correctional Administration and Police Administration degree plans can access their programs of study in older undergraduate catalogs.  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS THE UNIVERSITY UNDERGRADUATE CATALOGS
Students entering the program prior to Fall of 2010 who have not yet taken CRIJ 4311 Advanced Police Organization and Management or CRIJ 3345 Correctional Administration, please be advised that these courses will no longer be offered. Students will need to enroll in CRIJ 4320 Criminal Justice Organization and Management to substitute for CRIJ 4311 or CRIJ 3345. The student will need to see the Chair of the Department, Dr. Steve Wilson, to obtain the proper course substitution documentation.
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