Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program gives students exposure and an emphasis on policing, courts, laws and correctional systems at the local, state, federal and international levels. This major is designed to help students gain a better understanding of psychological, sociological and ethical practices of the criminal justice system. Students are also required to complete an internship to gain better understanding and application in their desired field.

Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice requirements include:
General Education Requirements: 45 hours
Additional Degree Requirements: 12 hours
Major Degree Requirements: 30-36 hours
Courses include Crime in America, Community Policing, Racial Profiling, Ethics in Criminal Justice, an internship, and others. For more information about our specific courses required, we encourage you to schedule a visit to speak with an admission counselor or university advisor.
Optional Minor: 18-24 hours
Electives (with optional minor):7-19 hours
Electives (without optional minor): 31-37 hours
Total Degree Requirements: 124 hours

Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences in Criminal Justice

The BAAS degree option gives students the ability to have technical/vocational courses reviewed for credit. Accepted courses may only qualify for elective credit if they are from vocational/technical schools, or by assessment of credit from a non-collegiate setting such as TCOLE, generally recognized by the American Council on Education.

Students choosing this route will be required to complete 45 hours of General Education requirements and at least 36 hours in courses offered in the School of Business. All Bachelor degrees at Howard Payne University must meet 124 hours to qualify for graduation. The remaining 43 hours may be taken in elective and/or an optional minor.
For review of credit, please submit all vocational/technical and/or TCOLE transcripts for evaluation.

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