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Degree Plans - Criminal Justice - Criminal Justice AAS (Archived)

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(Associate in Applied Sciences Degree)

Cedar Valley (El Centro is an authorized site), Eastfield, and Mountain View only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites.
  • Students must earn at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by the college awarding the degree.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.CRIM.JUST.08

The curriculum is designed for those with Criminal Justice backgrounds as well as for recent high school graduates interested in preparing for employment in the fields of law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole or private security.



CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
PSYC 2301 Introduction to Psychology 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra OR 3
MATH 1414 College Algebra OR (4)
MATH 2342 Introductory Statistics OR (3)
MATH 2442 Introductory Statistics (4)


CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America 3
ENGL 1302 Composition II 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)
SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology 3


+++Electives 6-8


GOVT 2301 American Government 3
+Electives Humanities/Fine Arts 3-4
++Electives Required Support Courses 9-11


ITSC 1401 Introduction to Computers OR 4
COSC 1300 Computer Literacy OR (3)
COSC 1401 Microcomputer Concepts and Applications OR (4)
BCIS 1405 Business Computer Applications (4)
+++Electives Criminal Justice Elective 3-4
PSYC 2314 Developmental Psychology OR 3
SOCI 1306 Contemporary Social Issues OR (3)
PSYC 2316 Psychology of Personality (3)
CJSA 2334 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Minimum Hours Required 63-71

+Electives - must be selected from the following:

ARTS 1301 Art Appreciation 3
DRAM 1310 Introduction to the Theater 3
ENGL 2000 Level Literature Course 3
Foreign Language or American Sign Language 4
HUMA 1315 Fine Arts Appreciation 3
MUSI 1306 Music Appreciation 3
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy 3

++Required Support Courses - must be chosen from the following. Students cannot take more than one cooperative education course during the same semester:

CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
CJSA 1382 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3
CJSA 1482 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4
CJSA 2382 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3
CJSA 2482 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 4

+++Criminal Justice Electives - must be chosen from the following:

CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System 3
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 2301 Community Resources in Corrections 3
SPAN 1411 Beginning Spanish* 4
SPAN 1412 Beginning Spanish* 4
CJSA 1392 Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration** 3
CJSA 1393 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies** 3

*American Sign Language may not be substituted for this course.

**Both CJSA course are WECM courses and MAY NOT transfer to a four-year program as part of the transferable credits for the four-year degree.

The following courses will be given as non-transferable credit to students who have successfully completed the Basic Police Academy and passed the Texas Basic Peace Officer Licensing Examination through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE). A student must meet all registration requirements set forth by SACS, and the Dallas County Community College District. A student must file a Criminal Justice degree plan with the DCCCD and successfully complete at least six (6) hours of Criminal Justice courses prior to applying for non-transferable academic credit. The credit awarded will not be assigned a grade, but will be recorded as "credit awarded."

CJLE 2420 Texas Peace Officer Procedures 4
CJLE 2421 Texas Peace Officer Law 4
CJLE 2522 Texas Peace Officer Skills 5

A student enrolling in the Criminal Justice program must meet the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education Requirements for minimum standards if you plan to seek employment in the law enforcement field. Licensing: (a) not currently on probation for any criminal offense; (b) not convicted of a Class B misdemeanor in the last six (6) months, or a Class A misdemeanor in the last twelve (12) months, or DWI or DWD in the last two (2) years; (c) never been convicted of a felony.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year insitution should consult an advisor or counselor regarding transfer requirements and the transferability of these courses to the four-year institution of their choice.

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