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.
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- Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Securities
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Field of Study Courses 16 Credits CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices TJC Core Curriculum 44 Credits 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. Major Courses: 16
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
3 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
3 XXXX x3xx Language, Philosophy and Culture Core 3 XXXX x3xx Creative Arts Core 3 CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3 Fourth Semester Credit Hours GOVT 2306 Texas Government 3 SPCH 1315 Public Speaking OR
3 XXXX x3xx Social and Behavioral Sciences Core 3 CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices 3 xxxx x1xx Elective** 1 Total Semester Hours 60
*Recommended Core Curriculum course. Other Core Curriculum courses may satisfy this requirement.
**Select any number of 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.
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.