Criminal Justice

Public safety is of paramount concern in today's society, and career options in criminal justice are growing. Whether you're interested in pursuing graduate studies or a professional career after graduation, Henderson State's criminal justice program can provide you with the skills and experience to help you succeed.

The degree program consists of two tracks. Option 1 follows an academic classroom model, preparing students for either employment or for graduate studies, and requires students to complete a writing-intensive capstone. Option 2 provides an alternative learning experience that includes a 15-hour practicum, designed to prepare students for entry-level criminal justice employment.

Our dedicated faculty are knowledgeable and committed to your success. Small class sizes allow professors to support your individual academic aspirations while a variety of practical learning experiences help you apply skills and gain confidence.

With a criminal justice degree from Henderson State, you'll be prepared for employment in a variety of areas including corrections, law enforcement, homeland security, crime scene investigation, forensics, juvenile justice and more. If you plan to pursue a graduate degree, you'll have a strong foundation on which to build. Whichever choice you make, that a Henderson degree will give you the knowledge and experience you need to be successful.


Courses include:

  • Criminal Evidence
  • Police-Community Relations
  • Deviant Behavior
  • Social Movements and Change

Other courses


  • Police officer
  • Detective
  • Probation officer
  • Correctional treatment specialist
  • Certified detention deputy

Related information


Dr. Malcolm Rigsby
Associate Professor of Sociology