Criminal Justice

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The study of criminal justice applies the science of sociology to the legal aspects, agencies, procedures and operations of the criminal justice system. As a student of criminal justice, you will develop the ability to view criminal, legal and government systems through a sociological and historical lens. Our program’s coursework, faculty mentorship and practical experience opportunities will provide you with a strong foundation to not only launch the career of your choice, but also empower you to make positive changes in your local, national and international communities.


The Department of Social Sciences & Historical Studies offers an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Our curriculum will provide you with an in-depth understanding of modern legal systems, correctional practices, national and local governments, current sociological issues, crime in contemporary and historical contexts, social research and statistics, and ethical considerations.

For details on the courses we offer, please visit our Undergraduate Catalog.

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Degree details

Career outlook

Our bachelor’s degree program provides a foundation for success in a number of professional fields. Whether your interests lie in law enforcement, the judicial system, private businesses and organizations, corrections or social services, a criminal justice degree from TWU will prepare you for the career of your choice. Graduates of our program have found success in the following fields:

  • Arbitrators, mediators and conciliators
  • Correctional officers and bailiffs
  • Judges and hearing officers
  • Lawyers
  • Police officers and detectives
  • Paralegals and legal assistants
  • Private detectives and investigators
  • Probation officers and correctional treatment specialist
  • Security guards and surveillance officers


As a student in our program, you will be encouraged to earn practical work experience through hands-on internship opportunities. Upon graduation, you will be prepared for a variety of careers in government agencies, private organizations, police departments, correctional facilities and legal offices.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate Admission

When you apply to TWU, we will evaluate your academic achievement and preparation, as well as your standardized test scores. Admission to TWU is valid for four terms, unless you have attended another higher education institution.

Check out the links below for specific admissions information:

Questions about the admissions process? Contact the Office of Admissions Processing.

Office of Admissions
Texas Woman’s University
P.O. Box 425649
Denton, TX 76204-5649
940-898-3076 or 1-866-809-6130 ext. 3076



Phone: 940-898-3852

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