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Criminal Justice Associate of Arts Degree

The AA in Criminal Justice is sixty (60) credit hours in length and prepares the student to transfer to a four-year university to pursue a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Students that complete this degree will take five Criminal Justice courses and meet the requirements to be core complete.

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. Be prepared for transfer to a Criminal Justice Program at a four-year university.                                 

This degree can be completed through a mix of face-to-face classes (day or night) and online classes. The program is designed to be completed in two years if the suggested pathway or course of study is followed. 


Degree Requirements

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

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

Third 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

Fourth 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