Program Overview

Tarleton State University offers a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS) degree in Criminal Justice Administration designed specifically for current employees of the criminal justice system who want a broad education to enhance their skills in the job market.  For admission into this program 33 hours of semester credits are awarded to those applicants who demonstrate documented training from an authoritative agency (such as the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, certifiable military police training, or federal criminal justice training).  These credit hours are assessed by a Department Head and approval is sought by the Interdisciplinary Degree Programs Committee. 

The total hours necessary to complete a BAAS degree in Criminal Justice Administration is 120.  Aside from the 33 hours fulfilled by the above Occupational Specialization credit, Core Curriculum Requirements account for 42 hours and the Criminal Justice Curriculum 45 hours.  

Core curriculum classes include English (6 hrs.), Communications (3 hrs.), Math (3 hrs.), Lab Science (7 hrs.), Visual and Performing Arts (3 hrs.), English Literature or Philosophy (3 hrs.), History 6 (hrs.), Political Science (6 hrs.), Health (2 hrs.), and an Elective (3 hrs.).

The Criminal Justice Curriculum includes the following courses: Professional Writing in Criminal Justice (3 hrs.), Supervision and Management (3 hrs.), Criminal Evidence (3 hrs.), Homeland Security (3 hrs.), Criminal Justice Ethics (3 hrs.), Research Methods (3 hrs.), Special Topics (6 hrs.), Problems (3 hrs.), Electives (9 hrs.), Advanced Electives (6 hrs.), and Race and Justice (3 hrs).

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Bachelor

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Requirements

    For admission into this program 33 hours of semester credits are awarded to those applicants who demonstrate documented training from an authoritative agency (such as the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, certifiable military police training, or federal criminal justice training).

    School Overview

    Tarleton State University is a state university, located in Stephenville, Texas, that is well-known for their horse breeding program and innovative teacher education. Founded in 1899, Tarleton State is known for having one of the largest and oldest public school improvement partnerships helping more than 50 area school districts. In 1917, Tarleton became a member of the Texas A&M University System and, in 1959, it became a four-year degree granting institution. In 1973, the school gained status as a university. Today, TSU is one of the country’s fasting growing public universities and is recorded as the second largest institution in the Texas A&M system.

    Tarleton offers associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from the following colleges:

    • College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences
    • College of Business Administration
    • College of Education
    • College of Health Sciences and Human Services
    • College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    • College of Science and Technology
    • College of Graduate Studies

    Several of the bachelor's and master's degrees are offered completely online.

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