Degrees Offered - Criminal Justice (AA) | TJC

Degrees Offered - Criminal Justice (AA)

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Trained and educated law enforcement, correctional, probation and parole officers play important roles in serving and protecting citizens.

Our Associate of Art - Field of Study degree in Criminal Justice is designed for those wishing to major in criminal justice and later obtain their bachelor’s degree. We provide you with a theoretical and practical understanding of the American Criminal Justice System by teaching the complex aspects of crime and criminal justice.

Our faculty members include former police officers, federal law enforcement officers, police chiefs, crime scene investigators, and homicide detectives; with a combined 200 years of real-world Criminal Justice experience! If you are looking for a career field that can both change your life and the lives of others, come join the TJC Criminal Justice program.

Catalog Year
Degree Type
Available Online
Available Hybrid
Degree Plan
Discipline-Specific Core Course 3 Credits

CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice

Discipline Foundation 12 Credits

CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices


CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law


CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices


CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices

Directed Electives (select two) Up to 6 Credits

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America OR
CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System OR
CRIJ 2301 Community Resources in Corrections OR
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigations OR
CIRJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement

TJC Core Curriculum 44 Credits

Select one: Any course listed in the Course Descriptions denoted by the following symbol: ◊.

In addition to the Major Courses, the student is required to take 44 credit hours from the TJC Core Curriculum. These courses must not duplicate courses taken to fulfill the major course requirement.

Discipline-Specific Core Course: 3 credits
Discipline Foundation Courses: 12 credits
Directed Electives: Up to 6 hours
TJC Core Curriculum: 44
Total Semester Hours: 60

Recommended Course Sequence:

First Semester Credit Hours
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice (#) * 3
XXXX x4xx Life and Physical Sciences Core 4
HIST 1301 United States History I 3
EDUC 1300 Learning Framework* 3
Second Semester Credit Hours
ENGL 1302 Composition II OR
ENGL 2311
HIST 1302 United States History II* 3
XXXX x4xx Life and Physical Sciences Core 4
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
Third Semester Credit Hours
GOVT 2305 Federal Government 3
MATH 1314 College Algebra* OR
MATH 1332* OR
MATH 1342*
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics* 3
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ x3xx Criminal Justice (CRIJ) Elective** 3
Fourth Semester Credit Hours
GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR
SPCH 1321

CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices


xxxx x3xx Creative Arts Core

xxxx xxxx Elective** 1
Total Semester Hours 60

# CRIJ 1301 is the required Social/Behavioral Science core curriculum course and THECB’s Discipline-Specific Core Course for the Field of Study (AA) degree.

*Recommended Core Curriculum course. Other Core Curriculum courses may satisfy this requirement.

**Select any elective hours needed to bring the total semester hours to no fewer than 60. Criminal Justice majors wishing to seek employment in either Probation or Parole are encouraged to take CRIJ 1307, CRIJ 1313 or CRIJ 2301 as their elective. Majors wishing to seek employment in a Law Enforcement-related field are encouraged to take either CRIJ 2314 or CRIJ 2323 as their elective. Students may take a second CRIJ elective to fulfill the 2nd elective course to fulfill the degree requirements.

All Criminal Justice majors transferring to a university to seek a baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice should see an academic or faculty advisor as soon as possible to develop a degree plan. Students are strongly encouraged to check senior college degree requirements as well as work closely with their academic or faculty advisor at TJC and the university to which they plan to transfer. University requirements differ regarding the approved Criminal Justice electives they will honor.