Forensic Studies Minor

This course of study provides students with the skills requisite to the investigation of criminal offenses and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of criminal offenders. This curriculum integrates different disciplines pertaining to deviant and criminal behavior with the practice of identification, procurement, and presentation of evidence resulting from criminal activity. The curriculum blends crime scene analysis, laboratory analysis, behavioral analysis, and criminal law. The program’s objective is to develop a sound educational foundation for graduate work or professional practice at the bachelor’s level.

What is Forensics?

The term forensic investigation refers to the use of science and/or technology in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence to be used in criminal justice and other legal proceedings. Forensic investigation is a rather broad field with many different subdivisions. The American Academy of Forensic Science and the International Association for Identification are major professional organizations that advance the application of scientific methods and their relevance in the legal system.

Forensic investigation is increasingly playing an important role in the pursuit of justice. However, the reality of forensic investigation is not the clear-cut endeavor that is portrayed in many television programs and other mass media sources. Forensic investigation is very complex. Forensic investigation techniques, when used appropriately, can be an incredible tool for practitioners and society. Used inappropriately, forensic investigation techniques can generate error and injustice in the system.

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Dr. Karin Brown-Head of Criminal Justice Department

Dr. Karin Brown

Head of Criminal Justice Department, Associate Professor of Criminal Justice 325-670-5819



  • Forensic Studies Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why Study Forensic Studies at HSU?

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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.

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Study Abroad

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.

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Internships are available with dozens of local and state law enforcement agencies.

Program Details

The minor requires 19 hours.

Required Courses: 10 hours
BIOL 3303 and 3103 Topics in Forensic Science and the Forensic Science Laboratory
POLS/CRIJ 4313 Forensic Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony
CSCI 3332 Introduction to Computer Forensics

Elective Courses: Students may choose any three [3] of the following courses
CRIJ 2301 Criminal Investigation
POLS/CRIJ 2306 Evidence and Procedure
POLS/CRIJ 3307 Criminal Law
PSYC 3335 Psychology of Crime
CRIJ 3311 Crime Scene Investigation
CRIJ 4309 Terrorism and Homeland Security
CRIJ 4355 Search and Seizure
CRIJ 4309 Criminal Profiling

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.

The program’s objective is to develop a sound educational foundation for graduate work or professional forensics practice at the bachelor’s level.

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.