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TCU criminal justice majors work in challenging positions in various criminal justice fields — everything from law enforcement to forensic science — or go on to pursue master’s or law degrees. Our students consistently rank in the top 10-15 percent on the Educational Testing Services’ nationwide major field test in criminal justice.

Through an excellent combination of liberal arts and professional courses, you’ll develop a thorough understanding of the criminal justice system, in addition to a solid foundation in research methods, writing, oral communication, statistical reasoning, critical thinking, theory and practical field applications. You’ll dig deeper into topics surrounding incarceration, parole and probation, policing, criminal investigation, the causes and consequences of crime, the court system and criminal procedure, and graduate with practical experience from a required internship. You’ll dissect patterns of criminal behavior, analyze how crime can be prevented, and determine how you can help create a safe and orderly society.

Our professors are criminal justice experts with regional, national and international reputations. You’ll get one-on-one academic and career advising with professors who’ll help you reach your goals and connect you with internships, research and job opportunities in all areas of criminal justice.

Choose from a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses of study, including:

BS in criminal justice
Minor in criminal justice
MS in criminal justice and criminology

Areas of Study

Expand your horizons with study abroad in more than 50 countries, service-learning trips overseas and internships around the globe.

Study Abroad

At TCU, you’ll grow intellectually and personally, and you’ll also gain specific knowledge and skills for a career. You’ll learn by doing, stepping outside the classroom to turn your ideas into action. Internships are invaluable for helping sort out which career path most interests you.


At TCU, you’ll have access to a career consultant who works exclusively with AddRan students. Schedule one-on-one meetings with your career coach who will assess and analyze what you need most. You’ll learn how courses, internships and service projects can broaden the experience on your resume. Learn more about everything career services has to offer criminal justice students.

Career Preparation