Criminal justice professionals protect lives and communities.
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Why choose Criminal Justice?
- Serve your community through the diverse, exciting & rewarding career options law enforcement offers
- Earn the 2-year degree more state & local law enforcement agencies now require
- Be able to continue your studies by transferring your associate degree credits to a 4-year institution
- Choose from a diverse selection of careers
Prepare for what you will do at work
- Police officers maintain order and keep their communities safe by enforcing the law and patrolling the communities. They also search for or arrest criminals.
- Correctional officers supervise those who have been arrested and are awaiting trial. They also transport prisoners between the courtroom and other secure facilities.
- Security guards patrol and monitor premises to prevent crime and infractions of rules. They may also operate metal detectors or other similar equipment.
Marketable skills you will learn
- Critical thinking
- Personal & social responsibility
- Computer literacy
Before you enroll, think about:
- Our Criminal Justice A.A.S. does not result in Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) certification.
- Some careers in criminal justice will require education in addition to a 2-year A.A.S.
- Law enforcement is a physically and mentally demanding occupation.
- Law enforcement requires excellent oral and written communication skills.
- 3 skills or work style traits that will help you succeed in this field:
- Stress tolerance
Need a boost to get ready for college?
Talk to your advisor about Developmental Studies if your TSI scores say you need some help in math or reading and writing.
Degrees & Certificates
Occupational Skills Award
How Much Time & Money to Finish?
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- Tuition is based on in-state, in-county rates.
- Totals do not include textbooks and other materials.
Time commitments and fees vary depending on the course.
Earn More Choices & More Money
Transfer to a college or university to continue your studies. Earning a bachelor’s degree opens the door to promotion opportunities.
For example, you will be ready to work toward:
- Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Arts in Victim Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Homeland Security Studies
Start on Your Pathway!
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Updated September 07, 2021