Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
What is the Criminal Justice program?
Department of Criminal Justice. Law Enforcement and Correctional Science. For students seeking careers in law enforcement, the courts, or corrections.
What will I learn?
Courses are designed to provide knowledge and techniques for understanding how criminal justice and social structures influence human behavior. With an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice, students will have 60 credit hours of college to either continue their education at a four-year university or to enter any public safety agency at the federal, state, and local levels.
What can I do with this course of study?
Criminal Justice careers can encompass a variety of jobs. Qualified graduates seek employment in law enforcement at the Federal, State, and local level, State and Federal Court Systems, Law Firms, Adult and Juvenile Correctional Facilities, Community Correctional Programs, Child Advocacy, Protective Services, Private Sector and other service agencies.
What's special about program?
Students are exposed to different professions in the criminal justice system, as well as professionals in the field of criminal justice. The classes are no more than 32 students which allows for excellent student-faculty interaction. The Criminal Justice program offers courses on-campus and online. Complete your education when you can, where you can. The curriculum has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.
Get tuition exemption on criminal justice courses within a degree plan
Criminal Justice: Law Enforcement, Peace Officer Option, A.A.S.:
1) Anyone who has attended and completed a Texas Police Academy can be given up to 20 semester hours of credit, if pursuing this degree. Evidence [copy of Texas Commission On Law Enforcement (TCOLE) peace officer license if peace officer, or certificate for non-peace officers] of completion is required.
2) Active, commissioned police officers (not detention officers) can have the tuition exempted/waived under Texas Senate Bill 1210. Active peace officers must provide a department letter (from a supervisor or Human Resources) disclosing that they are active police officers to take advantage of this.
Interested in completing the Law Enforcement Academy?
If you have questions regarding the program or have decided that you would like to attend the Law Enforcement Academy, click here.
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