Department of Criminal Justice

Head of Department

Dr. Karin Brown


HSU Box 16024


Karin Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor


The field of criminal justice is dynamic and local, state, and federal agencies are recruiting men and women of integrity, dedication, and a strong desire to serve their communities. The faculty in the Criminal Justice Department are invested in the education and development of students toward achieving their personal and professional goals and are committed to preparing them to ethically demonstrate those qualities sought by agencies at all levels of this system.

Students must complete the HSU core curriculum as described in this catalog; have a minimum of 42 upper level credits and a minimum of 124 semester credits. A minimum 2.0 overall GPA and a minimum 2.0 GPA in the major and minor field of study are required for graduation. Criminal Justice majors and minors must earn at least a “C” in all criminal justice courses or retake the course the next time it is offered. “D’s” in criminal justice courses will not count toward a Criminal Justice major or minor and transfer students may not petition to transfer a “D” in a criminal justice course from another institution.

Forensic Studies Minor

This course of study provides students with the skills requisite to the investigation of criminal offenses and the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of criminal offenders. This curriculum integrates various disciplines pertaining to deviant and criminal behavior with the practice of identification, procurement, and presentation of evidence resulting from criminal activity. The curriculum blends crime scene analysis, laboratory analysis, behavior analysis, and criminal law. The program’s objective is to develop a sound educational foundation for graduate work or professional practice at the bachelor’s level.

Legal Studies Minor

This program is a unique multidisciplinary minor of law and law-related courses in criminal justice, political science, and business administration. Students may elect to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Legal Studies. For further information, please refer to the Legal Studies section in this catalog.

Admission Requirements

All prospective students should research agency requirements and standards to determine whether they qualify for employment. Policies vary among agencies and often include age, eyesight, weight, and other health and personal restrictions. Additionally, criminal justice agencies conduct thorough background investigations of applicants and those with issues related to criminal records and/or poor driving records may be disqualified. Admission into and continuation in the Criminal Justice program include the potential for employability in criminal justice or related fields and academic performance and conduct. Students who develop academic, attendance or conduct issues after admission may be dismissed from the program. The Criminal Justice Department faculty are dedicated to the academic and pre-professional development of students seeking a career or advanced study in this challenging and highly rewarding field.