College of Performing Arts and Social Sciences

Criminal Justice

The criminal justice degree at Henderson State University prepares students for a variety of career paths in the public and private sector—including law enforcement, the legal system, corrections, and more. The criminal justice profession promotes democracy, law, and civil liberties while safeguarding citizens against crime, intimidation, and oppression.

Henderson's criminal justice curriculum is based on the university's mission to "build pathways from school to work." The degree program focuses on helping students achieve knowledge and reasoning, the integration of ability and skills, professional conduct and ethics, and setting a vision for the future of the profession that can adapt as society does.


Dr. Joyce Shepherd
Professor of Sociology, Human Services, and Criminal Justice