Henderson State University to continue criminal justice degree program

Henderson State University will continue offering a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice for current and future students. In May 2022, Henderson announced that criminal justice would be part of its teach-out plan for financial exigency; however, the university has decided to continue offering the degree due to two key factors—available career opportunities and student interest in the program.

“One of the most sought-after degrees from prospective students is criminal justice,” Lacy Klinger, dean of the College of Performing Arts and Social Sciences, said. “There are many job opportunities in a wide range of career paths for students with this degree in both the public and private sector—including law enforcement, the legal system, corrections, and more. We are thrilled to be able to continue to offer this program for our current and future Reddies.”

Henderson will hire a full-time faculty member to teach criminology and criminal justice related courses, along with other courses in the sociology and social work curriculum.

“We are excited about the opportunity for Henderson to continue offering the criminal justice degree as it allows our students to reclaim their passion for justice and making a difference in the world,” Dr. TaLisha Givan, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, said. “We look forward to growing the program and for the career opportunities this will provide for current and prospective students.”

For information, please visit hsu.edu/criminaljustice or contact Dr. Joyce Shepherd, Professor of Sociology, Human Services, and Criminal Justice, at shepherj@hsu.edu.