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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

First Semester Course Credit Hours
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
3
ENGL 1301 Composition I
3
GOVT 2305 American Government I
3
COMMUNICATION Communication *
3
SCIENCE Life and Physical Sciences *
4
 
Total Hours
16
Second Semester Course Credit Hours
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices
3
ENGL 1302 Composition II
3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government
3
MATHEMATICS Mathematics *
3
SCIENCE Life and Physical Sciences *
4
 
Total Hours:
16
Third Semester Course Credit Hours
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices
3
Elective Approved Elective by Program Director
1
FINE ARTS Fine Arts*
3
HISTORY American History *
3
ELECTIVE Component Area Option *
3
 
Total Hours
13
Fourth Semester Course Credit Hours
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices
3
CRIJ 1307 Crime In America OR DRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law OR CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
3
HISTORY American History *
3
Elective Language Philosophy, and Culture *
3
Elective
Social and Behavioral Sciences *
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