Criminal Justice Degree Programs
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
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The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BS-CJ) is a 120 credit hour curriculum designed as a "2+2" program. Students may begin their college experience in virtually any degree program at A&M-Texarkana or at a community college before transferring to A&M-Texarkana to complete their 4-year degree in criminal justice. Students usually complete an Associates degree before transfer, others begin taking upper division courses before completion of the AS, and yet others simply take required lower level courses at the community college without completing their AS degree. Full-time students with 60 hours creditable toward the degree can complete the degree in two years or less taking day and/or night classes.
The BS-CJ is oriented to pre-service and in-service criminal justice employees, particularly those who wish to be promoted to supervisory and management roles, employed in state and federal agencies, or attend graduate school. Graduates of the program work at local, state, and federal agencies. Other students who commonly seek the BS-CJ are those with career interests in social service and rehabilitation organizations that are commonly adjuncts to the criminal justice system. Based on individual student interests and goals, faculty will help students customize their degree plan based on interests in management, human behavior, forensic science, social work, liberal arts, or other areas.
Minor in Criminal Justice
Students who are interested in criminal justice but who plan to get a bachelors degree in a different field should consider completing the Minor in Criminal Justice. The CJ Minor is designed to give students a serious overview of the criminal justice/criminology field without completing the entire major. It is an excellent choice for students whose career will be in areas of government, education, social services, the law, or others that are in contact with the criminal justice system. Students who plan to work in an area unrelated to criminal justice but who wish to spice up their college years and broaden their academic horizons with a fascinating field of study are also perfect candidates for the Minor.
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
The College of Education and Liberal Arts offers a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies. MSIS students can designate Criminal Justice as their Concentration (or as their second or third areas of interest). The criminal justice concentration includes four graduate criminal justice courses as well as the required IS research sequence. Students without certain undergraduate criminal justice courses also take additional criminal justice courses for graduate credit (CJ 480 Criminological Theories and CJ 485 Seminar in Criminal Justice).