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Criminal Justice AA

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:

  • Exhibit critical thinking skills related to areas in the Criminal Justice Field.
  • Demonstrate professional, ethical, respectful conduct to those of diverse cultures, customs and beliefs in stressful situations.
  • Communicate both verbally and in writing on areas related to the criminal justice field.
  • 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 1301 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3 credit hours
ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I 3 credit hours
EDUC 1300 LEARNING FRAMEWORK 3 credit hours
OR
PSYC 1300 LEARNING FRAMEWORK 3 credit hours
MATH 1314 COLLEGE ALGEBRA 3 credit hours
OR
MATH 1332 CONTEMPORARY MATHEMATICS I 3 credit hours
OR
MATH 1342 ELEMENTARY STATISTICAL METHODS 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 12
Second Semester
CRIJ 1306 COURT SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3 credit hours
ENGL 1302 COMPOSITION II 3 credit hours
SPCH 1315 PUBLIC SPEAKING 3 credit hours
CREATIVE ARTS ELECTIVE 3 credit hours
SOCI 1301 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY 3 credit hours
PHED PHYSICAL EDUCATION 1 credit hour
Total Credit Hours: 16
Third Semester
CRIJ 1310 FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL LAW 3 credit hours
GOVT 2305 FEDERAL GOVERNMENT (Federal constitution & topics) 3 credit hours
BIOL 1408 BIOLOGY FOR NON-SCIENCE MAJORS I 4 credit hours
LANGUAGE, PHILOSOPHY AND CULTURE 3 credit hours
HIST 1301 UNITED STATES HISTORY I 3 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 16
Fourth Semester
CRIJ 2313 CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3 credit hours
CRIJ 2328 POLICE SYSTEMS & PRACTICES 3 credit hours
GOVT 2306 TEXAS GOVERNMENT (Texas constitution & topics) 3 credit hours
HIST 1302 U.S. HISTORY FROM 1865 3 credit hours
BIOL 2406 ENVIRONMENTAL BIOLOGY 4 credit hours
OR
CHEM 1411 GENERAL CHEMISTRY I 4 credit hours
Total Credit Hours: 16

Total Credit Hours: 60