The field of criminal justice is dynamic and our local, state, and federal agencies are recruiting men and women of integrity, dedication, and a strong desire to serve their communities. HSU is committed to providing an education that will enhance personal and professional goals for each student. The Criminal Justice Department is invested in the education and development of individuals toward achieving their goals and in preparing them to demonstrate those qualities sought by agencies at all levels of this vital system.

At HSU, we recognize that men and women with the strength of purpose to serve in the field of criminal justice are among the most valuable members of our society. Therefore, we have taken steps to establish a criminal justice program which inspires as well as educates. In addition, the Christian values associated with HSU’s hundred years of academic excellence make lifetime impressions on those who choose a career in the criminal justice profession.

HSU Criminal Justice Association

The HSU Criminal Justice Association is an organization that allows students to become actively involved with the many aspects of the law enforcement and corrections systems. Guest speakers, demonstrations, field trips, and participation in various service and application-driven activities provide students with a greater understanding of the many facets of the criminal justice system while promoting opportunities for professional networking within the community.

Employment Opportunities

A career in criminal justice affords men and women many and varied employment opportunities at the local, state, and federal level. The Criminal Justice program at HSU will prepare students for careers in the criminal justice system.

Careers in the field of criminal justice include:

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • District Parole Officer
  • Community Supervision Officer
  • Forensics Technician
  • Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent
  • Juvenile Probation Officer
  • Juvenile Program Case Manager
  • Prison Warden
  • Correctional Officer
  • Drug Enforcement Agent
  • Victims Assistance Coordinator
  • Border Patrol Agent
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Residential Program Professional
  • Private Security
  • Investigations
  • Case Management for Specialized Caseloads

Forensics Studies Minor

This course of study provides students with the skills required for the investigation of criminal offenses and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of criminal offenders. This curriculum integrates different disciplines pertaining to deviant and criminal behavior with the practice of identification, procurement, and presentation of evidence resulting from criminal activity. The curriculum blends crime scene analysis, laboratory analysis, behavioral analysis, and criminal law. The program’s objective is to develop a sound educational foundation for graduate work or professional practice at the bachelor’s level.


The minor requires 19 hours.

Required Courses: 10 hours

  • BIOL 3303 and 3103 Topics in Forensic Science and the Forensic Science Laboratory
  • POLS/CRIJ 4313 Forensic Evidence and Expert Witness Testimony
  • CSCI 3332 Introduction to Computer Forensics

Elective Courses: Students may choose any three [3] of the following courses

  • CRIJ 2301 Criminal Investigation
  • POLS/CRIJ 2306 Evidence and Procedure
  • POLS/CRIJ 3307 Criminal Law
  • PSYC 3335 Psychology of Crime
  • CRIJ 3311 Crime Scene Investigation
  • CRIJ 4309 Terrorism and Homeland Security
  • CRIJ 4355 Search and Seizure
  • CRIJ 4309 Criminal Profiling

What is Forensics?

The term forensic investigation refers to the use of science and/or technology in the investigation and establishment of facts or evidence to be used in criminal justice and other legal proceedings. Forensic investigation is a rather broad field with many different subdivisions. The American Academy of Forensic Science and the International Association for Identification major professional organizations that advance the application of scientific methods and their relevance in the legal system.

Forensic investigation is increasingly playing an important role in the pursuit of justice. However, the reality of forensic investigation is not the clear-cut endeavor that is portrayed in many television programs and other mass media sources. Forensic investigation is very complex. Forensic investigation techniques, when used appropriately, can be an incredible tool for practitioners and society. Used inappropriately, forensic investigation techniques can generate error and injustice in the system.

Internship Requirement

Each student is required to complete a 100-hour internship with a criminal justice agency during their senior year. This internship enables the student to obtain supervised field training, practical experience, and to integrate knowledge gained in the classroom. There are multiple internship sites from which to choose and students may obtain experience from more than one internship agency.

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