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Criminal Justice Administration

Associate of Arts

Areas of study include history and development of criminal justice, crime in America, fundamentals of criminal law, the courts and criminal procedure, police systems and practices, criminal investigation, legal aspects of law enforcement, correctional systems and practices, juvenile delinquency, probation and parole, fingerprinting, drug abuse, interviews and confessions, and firearms and ammunition identification. In addition, there are open discussions on current U.S. Supreme Court and other court rulings which relate to all criminal justice activities.

The Criminal Justice program is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and the Texas Commission of Law Enforcement officer Standards and Education.

Beginning Fall 2013, Lieutenant Stephen Gass will be joining the Texarkana College faculty as Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice.  Lt. Gass has twenty-five years of experience as a law enforcement professional with the Texarkana Texas Police Department.  His public service includes supervision and training of law enforcement personnel, classroom instruction of youth and adults, and experience in coordinating and facilitating community-focused problem solving initiatives including:

  • Bi-State Narcotics Task Force Commander
  • Department of Justice Weed & Seed Initiative Coordinator
  • Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) Instructor

Lt. Gass will be the instructor of record for all Criminal Justice courses beginning Fall 2013. Lt. Gass holds an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice from Texarkana College, a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas A&M University-Texarkana, and a Master of Science in Adult Education from Texas A&M University-Texarkana.  Lt. Gass is also a graduate of the LEMIT Leadership Command College of Texas.

The following is a suggested course of study which will satisfy the requirements for this Associate of Arts degree at Texarkana College. This course of study is a total of 16 semester credit hours.

Freshman Year  |  First Semester  |  16 hours

  • BIOL/CHEM/PHS | 4 hours
  • CRIJ 1301 | 3 hours
  • CRIJ 1310 | 3 hours
  • ENGL 1301 | 3 hours
  • HIST 1301 | 3 hours

Freshman Year | Second Semester | 15 hours

  • BCIS 1305 | 3 hours
  • CRIJ 1306 | 3 hours
  • CRIJ 2313 | 3 hours
  • ENGL 1302 | 3 hours
  • HIST 1302 | 3 hours

Sophomore Year  | First Semester | 18 hours

  • CRIJ 2314 | 3 hours
  • CRIJ 2328 | 3 hours
  • English (sophomore level) | 3 hours
  • GOVT 2305 | 3 hours
  • MATH (college level) | 3 hours
  • Behavioral Sciences | 3 hours

Sophomore Year | Second Semester | 16 hours

  • Visual/Performing Arts # | 3 hours
  • BIOL/CHEM/PHYS | 4 hours
  • CRIJ 2323 | 4 hours
  • GOVT 2306 | 3 hours
  • SPCH 1315 | 3 hours

#ARTS 1301, DRAM 1310 or 2366, HUMA 1315, MUSI 1301, MUSI 1306 

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