Criminal Justice

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If you are interested in understanding criminal behavior, researching how crime can be prevented and developing effective criminal rehabilitation methods, then a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice may be your answer. Want to learn more? Request information on the programs that interest you.

The Criminal Justice program at the University of Houston-Victoria can provide you with the competitive edge you need for a career in law enforcement or criminal justice. Whether you are just beginning as a college student or are already working in law enforcement, the Criminal Justice program at UHV offers you the theory and research skills you need to advance in the profession.

A Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice can lead to a wide range of local and state law enforcement careers and jobs including:

  • Sheriff and Deputy Sheriff
  • Police Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Department of Public Safety Officer
  • Juvenile/Adult Corrections Officer

A bachelor's degree can make you more competitive for job opportunities and help you advance to managerial positions in various agencies.

UHV's Criminal Justice program also provides you with the background to work with federal law enforcement and Intelligence agencies. A bachelor's degree combined with law enforcement experience, foreign language skills, or a graduate degree can lead to a high-paying career with agencies such as:

  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
  • Secret Service
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement
  • U.S. Marshal
  • Drug Enforcement Administration
  • U.S. Bureau of Diplomatic Security
  • Central Intelligence Agency

Besides opening up job opportunities, UHV's Criminal Justice program can prepare you for graduate work in fields such as Law or Criminal Justice.

Contact Your Advisor

Ms. Hodge is available at the Victoria campus for advising. Advisors help students with 45 or more hours via face-to-face, phone, or email. Students with fewer than 45 hours will need to contact a Student Success Coach for advisement. Appointments are required.  Please call 361-570-4201 to schedule an appointment.