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Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Learn about incarceration and the penal system, parole and probation, policing, criminal investigation, the causes and consequences of crime, the court system, criminal procedure and much more. The Bachelor of Science in criminal justice degree requires a total of 124 semester hours of study.

In addition to the university’s core requirements, criminal justice majors must complete 45 hours specifically in criminal justice courses. This includes foundational courses such as Introduction to Criminal Justice, Critical Issues in Crime and Justice, Criminology, and Research Methods in Criminal Justice, plus advanced courses in theory and on each subcomponent of the criminal justice system – policing, law, court practices and corrections. And you’ll get hands-on experience in a required criminal justice internship.

Degree requirements


Minor in Criminal Justice

Requirements for a minor in CRJU include Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRJU 20413), Criminology (CRJU 30313), and 12 CRJU elective hours.

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Master of Science in Criminal Justice and Criminology

Our master’s degree program prepares graduate students for career advancement, doctoral programs and teaching at the college level. Our students, who range from police officers and federal agents to county prosecutors, engage in rich dialogue and research with faculty in an online environment designed for flexibility while maintaining TCU’s highest academic standards. The Master of Science in criminal justice and criminology requires a total of 36 semester hours of study and students have the option of completing a thesis.

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