Have you considered a criminal justice career? Pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice at the University of North Texas can lay the groundwork for becoming a:
After receiving your degree, you will need further training at a police academy or department for most law enforcement jobs. You may become a criminal lawyer, administrator with a criminal justice agency or researcher in crime and law enforcement by attending graduate school.
Many of our alumni are serving in agencies throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth region as:
Our curriculum educates you in the theoretical, practical and empirical aspects of criminal justice in preparation for your potential career or for graduate studies. The course work addresses a wide variety of subjects such as:
Some of these courses incorporate field trips to jails, prisons or courtrooms; utilize our staged crime scene area; or require completion of service learning activities. Other electives and seminars permit you to focus your studies on a particular area of interest.
Study abroad opportunities and course work leading to a certificate in criminalistics are also available.
Our faculty members have extensive relationships with area agencies and include nationally recognized experts in policing, juvenile justice, corrections, criminological theory, victims’ issues and criminalistics. They also have expertise in offender behavior and research methodology. Their books and articles are used in classrooms across the nation, and some have been cited as landmark research efforts.
While pursuing your degree, you may qualify for competitive, academic-based scholarships. We also sponsor student chapters of Alpha Phi Sigma (the national criminal justice honor society) and Lambda Alpha Epsilon (the criminal justice pre-professional society). Information about the scholarships and student organizations is at pacs.unt.edu/criminal-justice.
Our Criminal Justice Internship Program allows you to complete an internship for academic credit and gain practical experience. This program is in addition to the internship services provided by the university.
You will complete 33 credit hours of core criminal justice courses, 6 credit hours of psychology and sociology courses, and 15 credit hours of criminal justice electives. Electives focus on alcohol and drug abuse, community corrections, corporate security, juvenile justice, offender behavior, and organized crime.
The Career Center, Internships and Cooperative Education office, and professional academic advisors are among the many valuable resources that are available to you at UNT. The Career Center and the Internships and Cooperative Education office can provide advice about future employment opportunities as well as getting hands-on experience in your major. Academic advisors will help you plan your class schedule each semester.
We encourage you to fulfill the graduation requirements for the Texas Recommended or Distinguished Achievement Program or the equivalent in high school.
In your junior year, take the SAT or the ACT and have your scores sent to UNT.
In your senior year, apply for admission at www.applytexas.org by March 1 and request that your high school transcript be sent to the UNT admissions office.
Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses can count toward college credit at UNT. For details, visit www.unt.edu/credit
If you’re attending a Texas community college, you should consult our Transfer Articulation web page, the UNT Undergraduate Catalog and an academic counselor/advisor to review your degree plan. Proper planning will help you receive the maximum amount of transfer credits.
Our Transfer Center will help you make a successful transition to college life at UNT by connecting you with a peer mentor and other campus resources. More than 3,500 students transfer to UNT each year. The center is in the University Union, Room 320. More information is at transition.unt.edu.