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Criminal Justice (Associate of Arts Degree)

Cherly Gary-Furdge- Department Chair Law Enforcement and Drafting

(940) 498-6238

Law Enforcement is an enjoyable and rewarding career with a variety of job opportunities. Students seeking a degree in this area will receive exceptional preparation for employment in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation/parole, forensics and investigation.

Experiential Credit is available for students currently working in the field of Criminal Justice. For more information, see the Department Chair. 

 

Upon completion of this degree, students will be able to:

  1. Exhibit critical thinking skills related to areas in the Criminal Justice Field.
  2. Demonstrate professional, ethical, respectful conduct to those of diverse cultures, customs and beliefs in stressful situations.
  3. Communicate both verbally and in writing on areas related to the criminal justice field.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to use employment strategies to obtain a position in the field of criminal justice.                                 

The program is designed to take 2 years to complete and is comprised of the following suggested pathway or course of study.  This degree can be completed either completely face-to-face or through a mix of face-to-face classes and online classes.

Degree Requirements

First Year First Semester

CRIJ 1301INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE

3 credit hours

ENGL 1301COMPOSITION I

3 credit hours

EDUC 1300LEARNING FRAMEWORK

3 credit hours

OR

PSYC 1300LEARNING FRAMEWORK

3 credit hours

MATH 1314COLLEGE ALGEBRA

3 credit hours

OR

MATH 1332CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS I

3 credit hours

OR

MATH 1342ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL METHODS

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:12

First Year Second Semester

CRIJ 1306COURT SYSTEMS & PRACTICES

3 credit hours

ENGL 1302COMPOSITION II

3 credit hours

SPCH 1315PUBLIC SPEAKING

3 credit hours

CREATIVE ARTS ELECTIVE

3 credit hours

SOCI 1301INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY

3 credit hours

PHED PHYSICAL EDUCATION

1 credit hour

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Year First Semester

CRIJ 1310FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL LAW

3 credit hours

GOVT 2305FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (Federal constitution & topics)

3 credit hours

BIOL 1408BIOLOGY FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS I

4 credit hours

LANGUAGE, PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE

3 credit hours

HIST 1301UNITED STATES HISTORY I

3 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:16

Second Year Second Semester

CRIJ 2313CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS & PRACTICES

3 credit hours

CRIJ 2328POLICE SYSTEMS & PRACTICES

3 credit hours

GOVT 2306TEXAS GOVERNMENT (Texas constitution & topics)

3 credit hours

HIST 1302U.S. HISTORY FROM 1865

3 credit hours

BIOL 2406ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY

4 credit hours

OR

CHEM 1411GENERAL CHEMISTRY I

4 credit hours

Total Credit Hours:16

Total Credit Hours: 60