Criminal Justice


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

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.