The Department of Public Affairs and Social Research at TAMIU offers degrees in both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Criminal Justice and is one of the largest majors at TAMIU. Our undergraduate degree prepares you with the rudimentary skills necessary to seek employment in the criminal justice system and a strong academic education go on to graduate and law school. Our graduate program sharpens your critical understanding of the justice system.
The Criminal Justice Program faculty and staff are dedicated to your academic attainment and committed to providing you with the best education possible. Our aim is to impart the knowledge and skills necessary for your future goals in obtaining advanced degrees or working in the field of criminal justice. We take pride in the belief that criminal justice scholarship and research concerns in the real world.
The Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice (BSCJ) is a 120 credit hour degree program that introduces you to the fundamental foundations of criminal justice. The undergraduate curriculum aims to help you understand crime and criminal justice policy. You complete your degree by taking courses on campus or online. Graduates from our program find employment in law enforcement, corrections, private security, courts and legal offices.
The Master of Science in Criminal Justice (MSCJ) is an online comprehensive program designed to prepare you to actively participate in the development of knowledge and policy responses to contemporary crime problems. A focus is placed on criminological theory, research in criminal justice and the administration of criminal justice. It is also designed to prepare you to conduct research and policy analysis, and to take an active leadership role as a professional in the field of criminal justice. You may pursue either a thesis or non-thesis degree.
Department faculty have a wide range of teaching and research interests. We routinely apply our research expertise to a broad range of local, state, national and international issues and emerging challenges.
We have two visiting faculty with us for the 2012-2013 AY: Mr. Manish Madan is pursuing a doctorate from Michigan State and is a Visiting Assistant Professor. He is teaching four undergraduate classes in the academic year. Ms. Diana Carreon graduated with her master's degree from TAMIU and is a Visiting Instructor teaching lower division undergraduate classes.
- Dr. Claudia San Miguel was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.
- Dr. Frances Bernat received the Coramae Richey Mann Leadership Award during the Academy of Criminal Justices Sciences.
- Dr. Claudia San Miguel was named President of Southwest Criminal Justice Association.
- Dr. Frances Bernat received the Instructional Technology Excellence Award from TAMIU.
- Mr. Manish Madan and Ms. Diana Carreon joined the faculty in 2012.
- Dr. Kelly Frailing was hired as an Assistant Professor in 2011 following the completion of her doctorate from the University of Cambridge in England.
- Criminal Justice faculty and students presented papers at the American Society of Criminology conference in Chicago.
- Criminal Justice faculty and students presented papers at the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences meeting in New York City.
Department of Public Affairs and Social Research
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