Criminal Justice

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.

Why criminal justice at TWU?

The confidence to effect change in your community

Our program 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. You will explore issues of human rights, inequality and social justice.

As part of our program, you will study crime in its broader contexts, learning about patterns of crime, theories of law and crime, and the formal responses to crime, both within and across societies. You will investigate topics including how and why societies punish criminals as well as the nature, organization, and operation of police, courts and correctional systems. 

Skills that serve you beyond the courtroom

Our criminal justice program will provide you with the tools necessary for lifelong personal and professional success. We will teach you how to communicate effectively, solve problems, conduct quantitative and qualitative research, and analyze issues that impact society. With a criminal justice degree from TWU, you will be well-prepared to work individually or as part of a team in culturally diverse environments, contributing meaningfully to your workplace and community.

A comprehensive curriculum delivered by dedicated faculty

The Department of Sociology, in partnership with the Department of History and Political Science, offers an interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. As part of our program, you will benefit from the breadth of experience among the faculty mentors from both departments.

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.

Hear from a current student

"I’m a 27 year old veteran and single mom of a ten year old. I’ve always considered myself as somewhat of an activist, trying to make a difference in my community, or at least, in my social circle. The criminal justice program at TWU has helped me find my purpose."

-Gabrielle Villavicencio

Hear from a recent graduate

"During my first semester, I was nervous about attending TWU after a six-year absence. However, my instructors were patient and prompt in addressing any concerns that I had. In fact, the introductory course to criminal justice influenced me to lean towards becoming a probation officer. While taking a course in juvenile delinquency, I came to realize that my preference is to work with youthful offenders. The more courses I took, the more confident I grew as a student."

-Erica Lighten


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

Contact us

For questions regarding advising, please schedule an appointment with Leah Edwards. She can also be reached via email ( or phone (940-898-3852).

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