Criminal Justice

Associate of Arts

The need for college-level training in the field of Criminal Justice has grown dramatically. Criminal Justice agencies in all areas have recognized the value of college training for their employees. Some have made it mandatory, while many others offer incentive pay for employees with college education. Criminal Justice careers can be found in a variety of forms: law enforcement/police, private detectives, insurance companies, private security, child and adult protective services, correctional officers, probation and parole officers, juvenile counselors, and game wardens are among the many possibilities available. These people help our society run smoothly and within the realms of the law. They also play a key role in preventing future terrorist attacks on American soil.

Graduates of a criminal justice program can find employment opportunities in the field at the local, state, and federal levels (most federal agencies do require a four-year degree as a minimum, however). After completion of the Criminal Justice Associate Degree program, students will have the basic knowledge to enter many public safety agencies. Students may also transfer to a four-year institution for more advanced coursework and to become more competitive in the job market.

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Field of Study - 18 Credit Hours
CRIJ 1301Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRIJ 1306Court Systems and Practices3
CRIJ 1310Fundamentals of Criminal Law3
CRIJ 2313Correctional Systems and Practices3
CRIJ 2328Police Systems and Practices3
CRIJ 1313Juvenile Justice System3
or CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation
STC Core Curriculum - 42 Credit Hours
Complete 42 credit hours of required Core Curriculum 1,242
Social/Behavioral Science
Introduction to Sociology 3
Mathematics
College Algebra 4
Elementary Statistical Methods (or higher) 4
Total Credit Hours60
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In addition to the courses in the Field of Study, the student is required to take 42 credit hours from the STC Core Curriculum.

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Students who select a 3 credit hour Mathematics course to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum must take 4 credit hours to complete the Component Area Option for the Core Curriculum.

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Criminal Justice majors must take SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology to fulfill the Social/Behavioral Science component of the Core Curriculum.

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It is strongly recommended that Criminal Justice majors take MATH 1414 College Algebra, MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods, or higher to fulfill the Mathematics component of the Core Curriculum.

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Recommended Course Sequence

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterCredit Hours
Criminal Justice Elective - Field of Study 1 3
HIST 1301
United States History I
or Mexican-American History I
3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
 Credit Hours12
Second Semester
HIST 1302
United States History II
or Mexican-American History II
3
ENGL 1302 Composition II - Rhetoric 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Criminal Justice Elective - Field of Study 1 3
 Credit Hours12
Third Semester
Speech Elective - Component Area Option - Core Curriculum 3
Creative Arts Elective - Core Curriculum 3
Language, Philosophy & Culture Elective - Core Curriculum 3
 Credit Hours9
Fourth Semester
Mathematics Elective - Core Curriculum 2 3-4
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3
Criminal Justice Elective - Field of Study 1 3
 Credit Hours14
Fifth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Life and Physical Sciences Elective - Core Curriculum 4
Criminal Justice Elective - Field of Study 1 3
Criminal Justice Elective - Field of Study 1 3
Component Area Option - Core Curriculum (if required) 3 1
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours60 Credit Hours
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Courses to be chosen from Field of Study

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Strongly Recommended: MATH 1414 College Algebra, MATH 1442 Elementary Statistical Methods or higher

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if required