The Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State University has been re-designated as the School of Criminal Justice by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.
The designation recognizes the growth in size and prestige of the Texas State criminal justice program over the past several years. It is intended to help the school attract, recruit and retain additional high-quality students and faculty from across the country.
“It has been thrilling to participate in the unparalleled growth of such a dynamic program over the past 11 years,” said Quint Thurman, head of the criminal justice program. “We’ve progressed from a small department that excelled at undergraduate teaching to a multi-faceted unit that has developed an exemplary record of achievement in research and in the acquisition of external funding.”
The school currently enrolls more than 1,000 undergraduate students, more than 100 master’s degree students and more than 40 doctoral students.
Regents voted for the change during their regular meeting last week at Lamar University in Beaumont.