The criminal justice program at UMHB is based on the concept of a global community. Students are encouraged to explore the various aspects of the criminal justice system to prepare for either an entry-level position or graduate school. Courses and the student associations are designed to provide an incorporation of “hands-on experience” to enhance learning. In addition, students are fortified in and out of the classroom with continual peer support and mentorship from students and faculty.
UMHB is allowing me to go far beyond just reading a textbook, studying, and then taking a test. I am gaining the best information taught, interviewing skills, and other abilities that will make me successful after I graduate. Most importantly, I am gaining a stronger relationship with God every day.
Why should I choose Criminal Justice?
There are many career paths available in criminal justice beyond the usual expectations of policing and corrections; the program prepares you to become an agent of social change within a chosen community.
What are some courses I will take?
- Criminal Investigations
- Courts and Criminal Procedures
- Juvenile Delinquency
- Legal Aspects of Criminal Justice
- Police Practices and Systems
Policing with a Purpose
One of the most important things Belton Police Officer Josh Gammill learned at UMHB didn’t come from a textbook. His criminal justice professor impressed that a little bit of kind-heartedness goes a long way when he’s out on the street helping people. “That’s really what policing is all about,” he said. “During a traumatic event, I can turn it around and make a person feel better or see it in a different way.” Gammill says his professors helped him “come out of his shell,” and develop interviewing skills which helped him overcome his young age, inexperience, and lack of veteran status when he secured a position with the Belton Police after graduation.
What are some career options for Criminal Justice majors?
- Police Officer or State Trooper
- Texas Game Warden
- Drug Enforcement Officer
- Immigrations, U.S. Marshall Officer
- Probation/Parole Officer
Where do UMHB Criminal Justice alumni work?
- Texas Department of Public Safety
- Texas Game Wardens
- Genesis Solutions (ABS Group)
- Arlington Police Department
- Temple Police Department
- Austin Police Department
Where have Criminal Justice graduates been accepted for graduate school?
- Temple University
- University of North Texas
- Sam Houston State University
- Texas A & M University – Central Texas
Why study criminal justice at UMHB?
The criminal justice program offers unique experiential learning under the supervision of active and retired experts in the field. Faculty members are experienced practitioners in policing, investigations, law, and corrections.
Students who are interested in improving their research capabilities present papers and participate at a regional criminal justice conference each fall. Student qualifying for membership in Xi Omicron, the UMHB chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the Criminal Justice Honor Society, have additional opportunities to participate at the organization’s national conference in the spring semester.