BA Criminal Justice Degree

What can you do with a Criminal Justice degree?

The Criminal Justice degree at HBU is designed to develop basic comprehension of crime, law enforcement, adjudication and corrections in our society. The skills learned in our Criminal Justice degree are valuable in a variety of career fields that span the field of criminal justice jobs, from police officers to judges, prosecutors to defense attorneys, probation and parole officers, investigators, and researchers in both the public and private sector.

Criminal Justice at HBU

The Criminal Justice degree major or minor at HBU fits neatly into an interdisciplinary undergraduate program devoted to preparing students for graduate studies, government, law school and unique and rewarding careers for criminal justice in private industry, federal and/or state government. The Criminal Justice degree is great for students with interests in Legal Studies, Government or Psychology.

Charles A. McClelland, Jr., the former police chief of the Houston Police Department (HPD), commends the HBU Criminal Justice degree. “I am very pleased to hear that HBU is starting a Criminal Justice Program that is based in ethics. Ethics in law enforcement is one of the necessary core values that is needed to build trust and confidence with the public. In other words, men and women in the Criminal Justice profession must always do the right thing.”

Endorsements from Community Leaders

Allen Fletcher was the State Representative from Texas House District 130 from 2011-2017. Representative Fletcher served as the vice chair of Homeland Security and Public Safety and the chairman of the Law Enforcement Subcommittee. “A Criminal Justice major is an excellent degree to prepare students for vocations in the criminal justice field (local, state and federal government, police, penal system, the court system, etc.). As the only retired peace officer in the Texas House of Representative, and as a member of the Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee, I have a unique understanding for upholding the rule of law and protecting the public. These are core responsibilities of any government representing a free society. The opportunity to attain a HBU degree in Criminal Justice is one that would be respected in the Criminal Justice community, and to have someone like Professor Ferrell to oversee the program is a bonus.”

Lee P. Brown had a long-time career in law enforcement, leading police departments in Atlanta, Houston and New York over the course of nearly four decades. During this time, he helped to implement a number of techniques in community policing that appeared to result in substantial decreases in crime. In 1993, Brown moved to Washington, DC for a national appointment as the director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy (or “Drug Czar”) under former President Bill Clinton. The Senate unanimously confirmed his appointment. Then, in 1997, Brown was the first African-American to be elected mayor of Houston, Texas. He was reelected twice to serve the maximum of three terms from 1998 to 2004.

“Best wishes to you in your exciting assignment to establish a criminal justice program at HBU,” Brown said. “I have had the opportunity to establish such programs at two universities. My experience showed me students will find the program to be both interesting and beneficial in their lives. Many students will appreciate the program because it will prepare them for rewarding careers in the criminal justice system. Others will take classes because the criminal justice system impacts all of us in one way or another. Learning about crime, and society’s response to crime, will benefit all students as they enter into their chosen careers in the community.  I commend HBU for the decision to establish a Criminal Justice program and choosing you to develop it.”

A Ten Pillars Symbol

The 10 Granite Pillars symbolize the Ten Commandments and are also symbolic of justice, law and order – the basic tenants undergirding HBU’s Criminal Justice degree. They came from 16 columns which guarded the entrances to the Galveston County Courthouse erected in 1899, and behind which many, including W.C. Morris,  Found Refuge during the Great Storm of 1900. The columns were donated to the University by Joella and Dr. Stewart Morris, Sr., who said, “May their beauty, magnitude, and simplicity remind us of the ageless message of the Word of God, The Bible.”