HomeAcademics at HSUUndergraduate Major & Minor ProgramsCriminal Justice Degree Criminal Justice Degree The field of criminal justice is dynamic and demanding, with an ever-increasing need for advances in the following areas: forensic science, the interconnection between the law and science; behavioral analysis, including an understanding of criminal psychopathology and victimology; administration of rapidly changing criminal justice systems and agencies, with an emphasis upon management and crime policy; and homeland security, including digital security, infrastructure protection, and global perspectives. A Criminal Justice degree from Hardin Simmons University offers students a multidisciplinary, practical, research-based learning opportunity designed to address these critical needs. Potential Employment Opportunities in Criminal Justice According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth throughout this decade is projected to occur in law enforcement, private investigators, correctional, probation, and parole officers, and forensic science technicians. Forensic Science Lab Technician in a Law Enforcement Center Child victims’ forensic interviewer Consulting or Investigation of Criminal Cases Organization and management of Victims Advocacy Centers Direct services provision for crime victims Social policy development Director or administrator of various local, state, or federal justice agencies Federal law enforcement agent Advancement or added specialization in the chosen field of study Leadership or command position in law enforcement or security Interested in learning more? Register now to attend Liberal Arts Preview Day at HSU on Friday, February 28. You’ll have the opportunity to sit in on a class, tour the HSU campus and facilities, and hear from current students and faculty on what your experience at HSU could be like. Register here to save your spot! Contact Us Dr. Karin Brown Head of Criminal Justice Department, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Request Information Loading... Majors Criminal Justice (B.A.) Criminal Justice (B.B.S.) Minors Criminal Justice (B.A., B.B.S.) Why study Criminal Justice at HSU? Carl Wesley Owen Scholarship Carl Wesley Owen attended Hardin-Simmons from 1977-1978 majoring in Law Enforcement. His dream was to incorporate his love of flying with his law enforcement endeavors. Carl’s untimely death ended his dreams on May 30, 1980. His mother, the late Norma Owen, provided a generous endowment in memory of her son to provide opportunities for students who seek careers at HSU in Criminal Justice as her son did. Hands-On Experience Our students train with the same equipment, doing precisely the same evaluations and testing, that they will do in their careers after graduation. Study Abroad Opportunities Criminal Justice students get unique opportunities to study justice systems in other countries and better inform themselves about different, progressive approaches. In 2018, students traveled to Bergen, Norway, to attend an academic research meeting at Bergen University, with side trips for sightseeing and tours of agencies and facilities. Kennedy Connor's Story Kennedy Connor Criminal Justice Degree Psychology Degree ’19 "I feel God more here than anywhere else I’ve ever been." Read full story Program Details CoursesClick to Open All courses and course descriptions for each degree type can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog: Criminal Justice, B.A. (CRIJ) Criminal Justice, B.B.S. (CRIJ) Criminal Justice, B.S. (CRIJ) Criminal Justice Minor (CRIJ) Internship Opportunity Each student may complete a 100-hour internship with a criminal justice agency during their senior year. This internship enables the student to obtain supervised field training, practical experience, and to integrate knowledge gained in the classroom. There are multiple internship sites from which to choose and students may obtain experience from more than one internship agency. RequirementsClick to Open All prospective students should research requirements and conditions of employment with the agencies that interest them. Policies vary and can have physical, age, and other personal and health restrictions. Even with a college degree, candidates may not qualify for those positions if they do not meet the agency requirements. Additionally, criminal justice agencies conduct thorough background checks of applicants, and prior criminal records or poor driving record may disqualify candidates. OutcomesClick to Open A career in criminal justice affords men and women many and varied employment opportunities at the local, state, and federal level. The Criminal Justice program at HSU will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system. Career Field Potential for Employment Salary Potential Forensic Science Technicians 2016-2026 17% growth (much faster than average) Median Pay $56,750 per year Private Detectives and Investigators 2016-2026 11% growth (faster than average) Median Pay $48,190 per year Police and Detectives 2016-2026 7% growth (as fast as average) Median Pay $61,600 per year Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists 2016-2026 6% growth (as fast as average) Median Pay $50,160 per year First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives 2016-2026 7% growth (as fast as average) Median Pay $88,400 per year Victim Advocacy Center Manager 2016-2026 18% growth (much faster than average) Median Pay $64,680 per year Human Service Worker/Victim Advocate 2016-2026 16% growth (much faster than average) Median Pay $34,811 per year Federal Law Enforcement Agent 2016-2026 7% growth (as fast as average) Median Pay $78,730 per year Child Forensic Interviewer Median Pay $38,818 per year Careers in the field of criminal justice include: Law Enforcement Officer District Parole Officer Community Supervision Officer Forensics Technician Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Juvenile Probation Officer Juvenile Program Case Manager Prison Warden Correctional Officer Drug Enforcement Agent Victims Assistance Coordinator Border Patrol Agent Secret Service Agent Residential Program Professional Private Security Investigations Case Management for Specialized Caseloads HSU Criminal Justice Association Click to Open The HSU Criminal Justice Association is an organization that allows students to become actively involved with the many aspects of the law enforcement and corrections systems. Guest speakers, demonstrations, field trips, and participation in various service and application-driven activities provide students with a greater understanding of the many facets of the criminal justice system while promoting opportunities for professional networking within the community. Internship OpportunityClick to Open Each student may complete a 100-hour internship with a criminal justice agency during their senior year. This internship enables the student to obtain supervised field training, practical experience, and to integrate knowledge gained in the classroom. There are multiple internship sites from which to choose and students may obtain experience from more than one internship agency. Our Vision, Mission, & ObjectiveClick to Open Undergraduate and graduate students in HSU’s Criminal Justice Department will be engaged, resourceful, and confident servant leaders. The program will proactively equip students to become servant-minded in their professional leadership capacities, capable of positively and ethically impacting individuals and communities. Mission and Objective The study of the justice system in an environment enlightened by faith begins with an understanding of the foundational role practitioners play in facilitating ethical and just responses at all levels. The integrity of the system is heavily reliant upon the character of the individuals serving within it. Equal treatment under the law is a core principle within this framework. Students will be provided opportunities to master leadership, technical, analytic, and practical competencies necessary for service in this dynamic and demanding field. Graduates of the Criminal Justice program are encouraged to face challenges through the lens of acting justly, seeking mercy, and walking humbly.