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Department of Criminal Justice
Fort Hays State University
600 Park Street
Rarick Hall 233
Phone: 785-628-5668
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Undergraduate Programs in Criminal Justice (On Campus)

As a criminal justice student, you'll not only learn theory about the nature of crime and the agencies and processes that work against it, but you'll also practice that theory through real world, hands-on learning. You'll develop skills that today's employers most seek such as the abilities to think critically, solve complex problems and communicate verbally and in writing.

Our Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice will give you the skills you need in the field. Our unique combination of in-depth classroom learning, hands-on experience, and strong faculty mentorship will put you on the path to success.

Our core curriculum will introduce you to the main theories in criminal justice. Choose the rest of your courses from a range of electives. Specialize in policing, offenders & victims, and criminology (or even create your own combination of courses). Depending on your interests and goals, you could supplement your studies with courses in independent study or an internship.

Learn more about the B.A. or B.S. in Criminal Justice

Minor in Criminal Justice

Learn about the criminal justice system while maintaining your major degree focus. You'll need to take CRJ 101: Introduction to Criminal Justice, CRJ 200: Criminology, and fifteen additional credit hours of Criminal Justice classes. You can take classes covering all areas of the legal system, from enforcing the law to exacting social justice.

Certificates in Criminal Justice

Add value to your education by building your knowledge in a specific criminal justice topic. A certificate gives you an advantage in the workplace and allows you to explore your passion within your major. You can earn one as part of your major coursework, or simply take the required series of courses.

Please note, these certificates can not be earned as standalone programs. Rather, they are designed to supplement students currently enrolled at FHSU completing their undergraduate degrees. Feel free to contact us if you have any questions.

The Department of Criminal Justice offers five certificates-available on campus and online.

  • Victim Advocacy
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Law and the Courts
  • Justice Networking (offered in conjunction with the Department of Informatics)

Learn more about the courses required for each certificate.

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