School of Criminology, Criminal Justice and Strategic Studies

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies includes the Department of Criminal Justice, the Department of Military Science, the Department of Leadership and Strategic Studies, the Public Administration program, the Institute for Predictive and Analytic Policing Science, the Institute for Homeland Security, Cyber Crime and International Criminal Justice Studies, the Institute for Mediation, Arbitration, Legal Studies and Forensics, and the Institute for Criminal Justice Leadership and Public Policy.  The mission of the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies is to provide students in criminal justice, public administration, leadership studies, and military science with a quality education through academic and leadership experiences, as well as to provide service to the community and profession through research and scholarship.

Degree programs offered include the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, the Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences in Criminal Justice Administration, the Bachelor of Science in Public Administration, the Master of Criminal Justice, and the Master of Public Administration.  Additionally, minors in Military Science and Leadership Studies are also available.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Administration Information

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Strategic Studies offers a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration.  This program is only offered on the Tarleton State University RELLIS - Bryan campus in Bryan, Texas.

The Bachelor of Science in Public Administration equips students with knowledge and skills that cover a wide range of topics and disciplines related to the public sector. Students acquire knowledge about government bodies and agencies, including municipal, state and federal operations in areas such as intergovernmental relations, human resource management, public policy, and budgeting and finance.

Standout features of the Tarleton program offerings at RELLIS-Bryan will include small class sizes, exceptional, qualified faculty and majors in high-demand professions.

Additional information about Tarleton’s offerings at RELLIS-Bryan can be found at the following location: 

The Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
Communication Requirement [shared] - Choose one of the following:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
MATH 1342 [shared] Elementary Statistical Methods
SOCI 1301Introductory Sociology3
ECON 1301Introduction To Economics3
or ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
or ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
PSYC 2301 [shared] General Psychology
PHIL 2303Introduction to Logic3
PUAD 3301Principles of Public Administration3
PUAD 3302Intergovernmental Relations3
PUAD 3303 [WI] Introduction to Public Policy3
PUAD 3305Introduction to Public Budgeting3
PUAD 4304Organizational Behavior in Public Administration3
PUAD 4305Human Resource Managment in Public Administration3
PUAD 4317 [WI] Capstone in Public Administration3
PUAD 4318Public Administration Ethics3
or CRIJ 4312 Criminal Justice Ethics
PUAD 4319 [WI] Professional Writings in Public Administration3
or CRIJ 3313 Professional Writings in Criminal Justice
or ENGL 3309 Technical writing and Document Design
Choose from the following Advanced Electives in Public Administration (PUAD):18
Texas and Local Governmental Intergovernmental Relations
Leadership in Public Administration
Futures Studies in Public Administration
Seminar in Professional Practices in Public Administration
Legitimacy in Public Administration
Evidence Based Decision Making in Public Administration
Emgergency Management in Public Administration
Project Management in the Public Sector
Public Policy Domains in Public Administration
Public Policy Analysis
Basic GeoSpatial Techniques and Technologies
GeoSpatial Methods for Public Administration
Emerging Issues in Public Administration
Non-Profit Sector Management
Alternative Dispute Resolution and Mediation for Public Administration
Internship in Public Administration
Research Methods in Public Administration
Methods of Criminal Justice Research
Statistics in Public Administration
Criminal Justice Statistics
Problems in Public Administration
Special Topics in Public Administration
Advised Electives12
Advanced Electives12
Total Hours120

Dr. GM Cox

Executive Director and Professor

  • del Carmen, Alex

Assistant professors

  • Abernathy, Jackie Dr.
  • Cox, GM