Criminal Justice Program

The Criminal Justice degree program is designed to meet the needs of students pursuing a career in one of several areas of the criminal justice system. The curriculum provides students with both the opportunity and assistance to acquire the knowledge necessary to understand the roles of policing, courts, corrections, juvenile justice and laws as they contribute to social order. It further provides a theoretical foundation of the discipline, and offers a thorough understanding of contemporary scientific methods as applied to criminal justice.

The goal at Sul Ross State University Rio Grande College is to provide students with a structured, nurturing environment counducive to learning. The program leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice which will qualify graduates for employment in many public service professions. Positions of employment currently exist for educated men and women as Criminal Justice practitioners at the federal, state, and local levels of government and with many private sector agencies.

Students are advised that Criminal Justice courses transferred from a two year institution to SRSU Rio Grande College cannot be credited as a part of the upper-level hours required toward the 27 upper-level credit hours for a Criminal Justice degree.

The faculty advisors for Criminal Justice are Dr. Ferris Byxbe and Dr. Martin Urbina.

Degree Plan for the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Courses Hours
General Education
ENGL 1301, 1302
6 s.c.h.
English Literature
3 s.c.h.
Advanced English
3 s.c.h.
U. S. History: HST 1301, 1302
6 s.c.h.
U. S. Government: GOVT 2301, 2302
6 s.c.h.
Fine Arts (no performance courses)
3 s.c.h.
Laboratory Sciences
14-16 s.c.h.
Social Science
3 s.c.h.
Multicultural Courses: CRIM 3311, HST 3302, 3308, 3313, SPN 3320
3 s.c.h.
Mathematics (MATH 1314 or higher)
6 s.c.h.
3 s.c.h.
Physical Education
2 s.c.h.
Total General Education
58-60 s.c.h.
Major 39 s.c.h.
Minor 18 s.c.h.
Electives 3-5 s.c.h.
Requirements for SRSU Rio Grande College Degree
  1. A minimum of 120 semester credit hours
  2. A minimum of 39 semester credit hours of advanced course work
  3. A minimum of 30 semester credit hours in residency with SRSU-RGC
  4. A minimum of 12 semester credit hours from Cognate 1 (CRIM 3300, CRIM 3302, CRIM 3306, CRIM 3309, CRIM 3311, CRIM 4300, CRIM 4303, CRIM 4304, CRIM 4308, CRIM 4312)
  5.  A minimum of 12 semester credit hours from Cognate 2 (CRIM 3301, CRIM 3303, CRIM 3304, CRIM 3305, CRIM 3307, CRIM 3308, CRIM 3310, CRIM 4301, CRIM 4302, CRIM 4305, CRIM 4310)
  6. Required 3 semester credit hours from Cognate 3 (CRIM 4309)
  7. CRIM 3311 is required for all Criminal Justice majors, under Cognate 1. If CRIM 3311 is taken as the multicultural general education requirement, this cass may not be re-taken but instead, a different course must be used to fulfill the 12 s.c.h. requirement uncer Cognate 1.
  8. Only courses from SWTJC with the prefix of CRIJ will be transferrable; 12 semester credit hours maximum.
  9. Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better; cumulative GPA in major and minor, 2.0 or beter


Students must complete a minor of at least eighteen semester credit hours, including a minimum of nine semester credit hours of advanced coursework in residence at SRSU-RGC. A maximum of nine semester credit hours of transfer courses can be used.