May 24, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Justice and Social Policy, BA

A Justice and Social Policy degree from the University of North Texas at Dallas gives students an affordable path to rewarding careers in criminal justice agencies, as well as, social and community organizations working in the emerging areas of social equality and justice reform. The interdisciplinary degree between the programs of Criminal Justice and Sociology addresses the fundamentals of justice more broadly than a criminal justice degree. Justice and Social Policy majors gain the knowledge of historical and contemporary justice frameworks and human and social justice issues with an emphasis on policy development and implementation. Graduates with a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Justice and Social Policy find employment in city/state government, non-profit organizations, correctional facilities, social work agencies, other social service providers (mental, restorative, family, reintegration, etc.), counseling clinics, among others.

Program Coordinator: Dr. Aaron Bartula, Email:

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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: 27 hours of required courses and 12 hours of Criminal Justice or Sociology elective courses.
  3. Minor: A minor is not required but recommended in Criminal Justice, Sociology, Political Science, or Psychology.
  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.


Texas Core Curriculum, 42 hours

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


Major Core Requirements, 27 hours


Major Electives, 12 hours

Complete the following requirement below.

  • Select four approved any 3000 or 4000 level Criminal Justice or Sociology elective courses.


Major Recommendations

  • Optional recommended minors include Criminal Justice, Sociology, Political Science, or Psychology. 
  • Students may also choose to double major with a BA in Justice and Social Policy and a BA in Sociology.  


Additional UNTD Degree Requirements

  • All students must meet the General University Requirements  as well as the major requirements.
  • Cumulative UNTD GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Justice and Social Policy major GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Grade of C or better in all major courses


Total hours to complete degree: 120 semester credit hours