Criminal Justice Program

The Criminal Justice degree program is designed to meet the needs of students pursuing a career in one of several areas of the criminal justice system. The curriculum provides students with both the opportunity and assistance to acquire the knowledge necessary to understand the roles of policing, courts, corrections, juvenile justice and laws as they contribute to social order. It further provides a theoretical foundation of the discipline, and offers a thorough understanding of contemporary scientific methods as applied to criminal justice.

The goal at Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College is to provide students with a structured, nurturing environment counducive to learning. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice which will qualify graduates for employment in many public service professions. Positions of employment currently exist for educated men and women as Criminal Justice practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels of government and with many private sector agencies.

Students are advised that no more than 12 semester credit hours of Criminal Justice cousre work may be transferred from a two year (lower-level) institution.

The faculty advisor for Criminal Justice is Dr. Martin Urbina.

Degree Plan for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Courses Hours
Texas Core Curriculum
6 s.c.h.
3 s.c.h.
Life and Physical Sciences
6 s.c.h.
Language, Philosophy, & Culture
3 s.c.h.
Creative Arts
3 s.c.h.
American History
6 s.c.h.
Government/Political Science
6 s.c.h.
Social and Behavioral Sciences
3 s.c.h.
Component Area Option
6 s.c.h.
Total core curriculum
42 s.c.h.
Department course requirements for a major in Criminal Justice:  
(courses may not have been used to meet core rquirements)  
Science (two additional science courses with labs)
Biology course selections must be courses for science majors (BIOL 1306, BIOL 1307)
8 s.c.h.
Mathematics 1314, or any course(s) higher
3 s.c.h.
Total department course requirements 11 s.c.h.
Criminal Justice course requirements for a major in Criminal Justice:  
Cognate #1 (criminology-based courses; select four courses): CRIM 3300, 3302, 3306, 3309, 3311, 4300, 4303, 4304, 4308, 4312
12 s.c.h.
Cognate #2 (legal/law-based courses; select four courses): CRIM 3301, 3303, 3304, 3305, 3307, 3308, 3310, 4301, 4302, 4305, 4310
12 s.c.h.
Cognate #3 CRIM 4309 (required capstone course)
3 s.c.h.
Additional Criminal Justice courses (transfer credit hours)
12 s.c.h.
Note: CRIM 3311 is required for all Criminal Justice majors  
Total Criminal Justice course hours required for major 39 s.c.h.
Minor 18 s.c.h.
Electives to total 120 s.c.h.
Requirements for SRSU RGC Degree
  1. A minimum of 120 semester credit hours
  2. A minimum of 39 semester credit hours of advanced course work
  3. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours with SRSU RGC
  4. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better.


A minor in Criminal Justice requires a minimum of 18 semester credit hours, including a minimum of nine semester credit hours of advanced coursework at SRSU RGC.