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2020 - 2021 Catalog
Program: Criminal Justice


CRIMINAL JUSTICE -- BASIC CRIMINAL STUDIES JUSTICE

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Level 1 Certificate)

Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, and Mountain View campuses only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.CJ.BASIC.STUD

This certificate is attached to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and the transfer Field of Study degree in Criminal Justice. It is designed for students who would like exposure to the basic elements of the criminal justice system but who also have the intent of transferring to a Baccalaureate degree-granting institution.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
CJSA 1348 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CJSA 1330 Cybercrimes 3
CJSA 1393 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies 3
CJSA 2334 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Semester Total 9
Minimum Hours Required 18

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution 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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CRIMINAL JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Associate of Applied Science Degree)

Cedar Valley, Eastfield and Mountain View campus only

  • Students pursuing this award program are required to meet Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards and course prerequisites of reading and writing.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: AAS.CJ.PUB.SAFE.21

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 federal, state, and local law enforcement; also, corrections, probation, and parole or private security.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America 3
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
HMSY 1337 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
BIOL 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 1310 Fundamental of Criminal Law 3
HMSY 1342 Understanding and Combatting Terrorism 3
CJSA 1348 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
Semester Total 12
Course Course Title Credit Hours
++Electives Criminal Justice Elective (two courses) 6
Semester Total 6
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CJSA 1330 Cybercrimes 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3)
+Electives Required Support Courses (three courses) 9
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics 3
CJSA 1347 Police Organization and Administration 3
SOCI 2340 Drug Use and Abuse OR (3)
PSYC 2316 Psychology of Personality (3)
CJSA 1382 Cooperative Education-Criminal Justice/Safety Studies OR 3
CJSA 2334 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
Semester Total 12
Minimum Hours Required 60

 

+Required Support Courses - must be selected from the following:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CJSA 2382 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
PSYT 2321 Crisis Intervention 3

 

++Criminal Justice Elective - must be selected from the following:

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CJSA 1392 Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3
CJSA 1393 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies 3
CMDR 1312 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution 3
HMSY 2306 Organized Crime and Terrorism 3
PSYT 2345 Principles of Behavior Management and Modification 3

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.

Cedar Valley and Eastfield campuses only

Note: Students who want to use the Basic Police Academy as a transition bridge to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety, must complete the following:

  • Complete the Basic Police Academy on either Cedar Valley or Eastfield campuses.
  • Pass the Texas Basic Peace Officer Licensing Examination through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE).
  • Meet all registration requirements set forth by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Meet all registration requirements set forth by Dallas College.
  • Complete CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice and CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices.

Upon successful completion of the criteria listed above, students will be awarded an additional 18 SCH of equivalent-articulated credit for the following courses in the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and Public Safety:


Course Course Title Credit Hours
CJSA 1330 Cybercrimes 3
CJSA 1348 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
CJSA 1382 Cooperative Education-Criminal Justice/ Safety Studies OR 3
CJSA 2334 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice (3)
CJSA 1392 Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3
CJSA 1393 Special Topics in Criminal Justice Studies 3
CJSA 2382 Cooperative Education-Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 3
Total 18

 

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CRIMINAL JUSTICE

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Level 1 Certificate)

Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, and Mountain View campuses only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.CRIM.JUST.MGMT

This certificate is attached to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and provides the student the skills and academic requirements necessary to qualify for a law enforcement agency with a minimum 30 semester hour requirement.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CMDR 1312 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution 3
CJSA 1330 Cybercrimes 3
HMSY 1337 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
HMSY 1342 Understanding and Combating Terrorism 3
CJSA 1347 Police Organization and Administration 3
CJSA 1348 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3
Semester Total 9
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CJSA 1392 Special Topics in Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration 3
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
PSYT 2345 Principles of Behavior Management and Modification 3
Semester Total 12
Minimum Hours Required 30

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution 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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CRIMINAL JUSTICE -- CRISIS INTERVENTION

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Level 2 Certificate)

Cedar Valley, Eastfield, and Mountain View campus only

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

Degree Plan Code: C2.CJ.CRISIS.INT

This certificate is attached to the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Criminal Justice and provides the student with a specialized course of study and academic requirements necessary to qualify for a law enforcement agency with a minimum 45 semester hour requirement.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
PSYT 2321 Crisis Intervention 3
ENGL 1301 Composition 1 3
CJSA 2334 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
BIOL 1322 Nutrition and Diet Therapy 3
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
PSYT 2345 Principles of Behavior Management and Modification 3
HMSY 1337 Introduction to Homeland Security 3
SPCH 1311 Introduction to Speech Communication OR 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking (3)
SOCI 2340 Drug Use and Abuse OR 3
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America (3)
PSYC 2316 Psychology of Personality 3
Semester Total 15
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3
CJSA 1347 Police Organization and Administration 3
PSYC 2314 Lifespan Growth and Development OR 3
CMDR 1312 Introduction to Cross-Cultural Dispute Resolution (3)
CJSA 1330 Cybercrimes 3
Semester Total 15
Minimum Hours Required 45

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution 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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DIGITAL FORENSICS AND PRIVATE INVESTIGATION CERTIFICATE

DIGITAL FORENSICS AND PRIVATE INVESTIGATION CERTIFICATE

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Level 1 Certificate)

Eastfield campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.CJ.DF.PRIV.INV

The Digital Forensics and Private Investigation Certificate is designed to prepare an individual for a future career in a specialized area of Criminal Justice. The Certificate in Digital Forensics and Private Investigation will provide students with the knowledge and skills to become a Texas Private Investigator. Individuals not employed by a law enforcement agency must be licensed as a Private Investigator to perform digital forensic investigations in Texas. The certificate is also designed to provide professional development opportunities to those who are currently employed in related industries.

Job opportunities for students who complete this certificate will be available in local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, Digital crime labs, paternity identification labs, and Homeland Security.

Digital Forensics Science is the application of computer science and investigative procedures for a legal purpose involving the analysis of digital evidence (information of probative value that is stored or transmitted in binary form) after proper search authority, chain of custody, validation with mathematics (hash function), use of validated tools, repeatability, reporting, and possible expert presentation.

Scientific discoveries along with advances in technology have increased the accuracy of forensic results and thus the pursuit of justice. Therefore, it is necessary for this particular certificate to combine the knowledge that comes from different academic disciplines, criminal justice and digital forensics. Local, state and federal law enforcement agencies, along with private detectives, attorneys and judges, rely heavily on the work of the professionally trained criminal digital forensic investigation specialist.

Course content for the Digital Forensics and Private Investigation Certificate will focus on the basics of the gathering and the analysis of evidence by qualified, experienced faculty from both Eastfield and Richland campus. Please note that courses in this certificate will be taught at Eastfield campus under the Criminal Justice Program and at Richland campus under the Digital Forensic Program.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
ITDF 1400 Introduction to Digital Forensics+ OR 4
HMSY 1470 Cyber Terrorism++ OR (4)
ITSY 2443 Computer System Forensics++ (4)
CJSA 1330 Cybercrimes++ 3
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation++ 3
HMSY 1337 Introduction to Homeland Security++ 3
ITDF 1405 Digital Data Storage Forensics+ OR 4
ITSY 1400 Fundamentals of Information Security++ (4)
SLPS 2330 Security of Computers and Data++ OR 3
SLPS 2333 Private Investigation++ (3)
Semester Total 20
Minimum Hours Required 20

+These courses will be taught by Richland campus Faculty.

++These courses will be taught by Eastfield campus Faculty.

In 2015, the Texas Private Security Board approved the Digital Forensics and Private Investigation Certificate in lieu of the required twenty-four (24) months of investigation related experience (as allowed by 35.121(a)(6), when submitted with an associate degree in criminal justice. These students must have the knowledge to pass the Private Investigator license exam. They will obtain that knowledge by successfully completing the identified courses taught through the Eastfield Criminal Justice Program. Individuals who are planning to go into a career related to criminal investigations must have a background and foundation base in digital forensics. They will obtain that knowledge by successfully completing the identified courses taught through the Richland Digital Forensics Program. The merger of these courses provides the opportunity for both groups of students to attain their career goals with the best instruction possible.

The students who enroll at Richland campus for the digital forensic courses will be Dallas College students, and Richland campus will report those students. The students who enroll at Eastfield campus for the criminal justice courses will be Dallas College students, and Eastfield campus will report those students. It will be an Eastfield campus Program and the students will receive their certificate from Dallas College.

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution 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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CRIMINAL JUSTICE -- FORENSIC SCIENCE TECHNICIAN

Note: This program may lead to an occupational license for which a prior criminal history may make a student ineligible. For more information, please visit: https://www.dcccd.edu/hb1508.

(Level 1 Certificate)

Eastfield campus only

  • Students pursuing this certificate are waived from the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards, but must meet course prerequisites.
  • Complete at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation through instruction by Dallas College.

Degree Plan Code: C1.CJ.FORSCI.TECH

This certificate is designed to prepare an individual for a future career in a very specialized area of Criminal Justice. The certificate will be suitable for students majoring in criminal justice or certain scientific major fields of study that will launch the student into a successful career in forensic science. The certificate will also provide the individual who is already a professional public service criminal justice employee with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills and just provide opportunities for advancement.

Students pursuing this certificate will be taught and trained in the basics of the gathering, collecting, and the analysis of evidence. Job opportunities for students who complete this certificate will be available in local, regional, and national public service police employment.

Forensics is recognized as both an art and a science. Scientific discoveries along with advances in technology have increased the accuracy of forensic results and thus the pursuit of justice. Therefore, it is necessary that individuals who are either currently employed or are seeking future employment in the field of Criminal Justice be educated and trained in the basics of crime scene investigation procedures and evidence collection. Local, state and national law enforcement agencies, along with private detectives, attorneys and judges, rely heavily on the work of the professionally trained forensic specialist.

Students are encouraged to complete an associate degree and then pursue a bachelor's or master's degree in forensics. Certain WECM courses may not transfer to the degree requirements for the bachelor's degree.

Course Course Title Credit Hours
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJSA 1308 Criminalistics 1 3
PSYC 2301 General Psychology 3
CJSA 1471 Forensic Science 1 4
Semester Total 13
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CJSA 2323 Criminalistics 2 3
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America OR 3
SOCI 2336 Criminology (3)
CJSA 1400 Death Investigation 1 4
CJSA 1472 Forensic Science 2 4
Semester Total 14
Course Course Title Credit Hours
CJSA 1401 Death Investigations 2 4
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3
CJSA 2332 Criminalistics 3 3
CJSA 2334 Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 3
Semester Total 13
Minimum Hours Required 40

NOTE: Students enrolling in this program who plan to transfer to a four-year institution 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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