UST police officer speaks to University of St. Thomas - Houston Criminology majors in front of police carIf you want to influence positive change in the criminal justice system, a degree in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of St. Thomas could be the perfect choice for you. This program focuses on the challenges of crime in a free society and how we handle them, giving you the ethical insight to change the world through social justice.

Choose from two pathways, human trafficking or terrorism and homeland security, leading to specialized careers in criminal justice. You’ll benefit from the strong Catholic ethos of caring for others and reaching out to the marginalized who are victims of crime.

Criminal justice, philosophy, international studies, communications, liberal arts and theology all come together in the study of criminology. UST’s Criminology, Law & Society program is one of just 5 of its kind in the nation, and the only one in Texas.

If you’re a licensed police officer in Texas with at least 2 years of full-time commissioned experience, you may be eligible to take Criminology subject matter examinations to receive up to 18 credit hours toward a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology, Law & Society degree. Learn more about the Texas Peace Officer Credit by Examination program.

Criminology majors talk on University of St. Thomas - Houston campusThe diverse, integrated Criminology, Law & Society curriculum gives you the skill sets and insights that will lead to a fulfilling and successful career in:

  • Community development
  • Criminal justice
  • Forensics
  • Law enforcement & corrections
  • Investigation & anti-human trafficking initiatives
  • Social & youth work

With the values instilled at UST, you’ll go far in fulfilling your career goals in the criminal justice system, education, social work and community service.

Criminology majors sit on a bench and talk in front of Chapel of St. Basil. on University of St. Thomas - Houston campusStudying criminal justice at a small Catholic university has many unique benefits you won’t find at larger universities. With theology, philosophy, history and social sciences as part of our core curriculum, you’ll gain a deep understanding of the whole human person.

According to St. Thomas Aquinas, law is based upon reason, rather than custom, will, politics or power. Liberal arts education promotes abstract thinking and equips you with the tools necessary to navigate the complexities of the world of crime. You’ll learn social responsibility and gain robust intellectual and practical skills including communication, analysis and problem-solving.

Through the study of ethics, you’ll learn how to influence criminal justice for the better.