Feb 20, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Criminal Justice, BS

Criminal justice is the system of practices and institutions of governments directed at upholding social control, deterring and mitigating crime, and sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts.  Criminal Justice is an interdisciplinary field of study. Included are the contributions and approaches of many of the social and behavioral sciences, as well as areas of study such as law and ethics, as they relate to the phenomenon of crime.

Program Coordinator: Dr. J. Eric Coleman, Phone: 972-338-1833, Email: Eric.Coleman@untdallas.edu


Building Blocks for the Degree

  1. Texas Core Curriculum: All students are required to complete 42 hours of the Texas Core Curriculum to earn a degree.
  2. Major Requirements:  The criminal justice major requires 39 hours of required and 18 hours of elective courses for the major.
  3. Supporting Major Requirements:  Students are required to complete 12 hours of courses to enhance the understanding of the major requirements.
  4. Other Courses:   Students must have a minimum of 120 credit hours to graduate with a degree from UNTD.  Students may complete a minor, certificate program or general elective courses to meet this requirement.


Core Curriculum Recommendations

UNTD adheres to the Texas Core Curriculum established in Texas Education Code Chapter 61, Subchapter S.  Courses designated on the transcript as a Core Foundation Area will be applied to the Texas Core Curriculum.  As a new Freshman student starting at UNTD (or transfer student looking ahead to attend UNTD), taking the recommended UNTD courses (or equivalent) can reduce hours to degree and provide more opportunities for elective courses.


Texas Core Curriculum, 42 hours

Courses with an asterisk (*) also count for the major.


Major Core Requirements, 39 hours

Courses with an asterisk (*) also count for the core.


Major Electives, 18 hours

  • Six approved advanced Criminal Justice courses.

Supporting Coursework, 12 hours​

Courses with an asterisk (*) also count for the core.


Additional UNTD Degree Requirements

  • All students must meet the General University Requirements as well as the major requirements.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Criminal Justice major GPA of 2.5 or higher