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Criminal Justice (AS) Associate of Science

Purpose Statement

This degree is recommended for students who plan to pursue Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degrees in Criminal Justice or for students seeking employment in law enforcement or criminal justice fields.

This is a recommended curriculum only. Some courses may be taken in different order and students do not have to complete the degree in four semesters. Students in remediation will require a different course sequence.

Program of Study
Course Subject Course Title Credit Hours
First Semester
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
Approved Elective Physical Education 1
SCIENCE Life and Physical Sciences * 4
Total Hours 14
Second Semester
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America or CRIJ 1310 or CRIJ 1313 orCRIJ 2301 or CRIJ 2314 or CRIJ 2323 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
Elective Creative Arts * 3
SCIENCE Life and Physical Sciences * 4
Total Hours: 16
Third Semester
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
Elective Mathematics* 3
History American History * 3
Elective Communication * 3
Total Hours 15
Fourth Semester
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
History American History * 3
Elective Social and Behavioral Sciences * 3
Elective Language Philosophy, and Culture * 3
Elective Component Area Option * 3
Total Hours 15
Grand Total 60

* Core Curriculum Options 

*It is recommended for students to check with the institution they are planning to transfer to for advice on which courses work best for their major.

View course descriptions here: Course Catalog