Criminal Justice

The criminal justice degree program at UMHB is based on the concept of a global community. Students are encouraged to explore the various aspects of the criminal justice system to prepare for either an entry-level position or graduate school. Courses and the student associations are designed to provide an incorporation of “hands-on experience” to enhance learning. In addition, students are fortified in and out of the classroom with continual peer support and mentorship from students and faculty.

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Sam Green


Why should I choose a degree in Criminal Justice?

There are many career paths available in criminal justice beyond the usual expectations of policing and corrections; the program prepares you to become an agent of social change within a chosen community.

What are some criminal justice courses I will take?

  • Criminal Investigations
  • Courts and Criminal Procedures
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice
  • Police Practices and Systems

What are some career options for criminal justice majors?

  • Police Officer or State Trooper
  • Texas Game Warden
  • Drug Enforcement Officer
  • Immigrations, U.S. Marshall Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Attorney

Where do UMHB alumni with criminal justice degrees work?

  • Texas Department of Public Safety
  • Texas Game Wardens
  • Genesis Solutions (ABS Group)
  • Arlington Police Department
  • Temple Police Department
  • Austin Police Department

Where have Criminal Justice graduates been accepted for graduate school?

  • Temple University
  • University of North Texas
  • Sam Houston State University
  • Texas A & M University – Central Texas

Why study criminal justice degree at UMHB?

The criminal justice degree program offers unique experiential learning under the supervision of active and retired experts in the field. Faculty members are experienced practitioners in policing, investigations, law, and corrections.

Students who are interested in improving their research capabilities present papers and participate at a regional criminal justice conference each fall. Student qualifying for membership in Xi Omicron, the UMHB chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society, have additional opportunities to participate at the organization’s national conference in the spring semester.