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


Freshman Year

First Semester Hours Second SemesterHours
BIOL/CHEM/PHYS (any core course / no lab required)3 ENGL 1302 or ENGL 2311 (core)
Composition II or Technical & Business Writing
ENGL 1301 (core)
Composition I
3 HIST 1301 (core)
United States History I
BCIS 1305 or EDUC/PSYC 1300 (core)
Business Computer Applications or
Learning Frameworks
3 GOVT 2305 (core)
Federal Government
CRIJ 1301
Introduction to Criminal Studies
3 CRIJ 1306
Court Systems & Practices
CRIJ 1310
Fundamentals of Criminal Law
3 CRIJ 2313
Correctional Systems & Practices
Total15 Total15

Sophomore Year

First SemesterHours Second SemesterHours
CRIJ 2314
Criminal Investigation
3 Creative Arts (any core course)3
Math (any core course)*3 BIOL/CHEM/PHYS (any core course/no lab required)3
HIST 1302 (core)
United States History II
3 CRIJ 2328
Police Systems & Practices
Social & Behavioral Science (any core course)3 SPCH (any core course)3
Language, Philosophy, & Culture (any core course)3 GOVT 2306 (core)
Texas Government
Total15 Total
Criminal Justice Administration AA Total

*  MATH 1332 Math for Liberal Arts is recommended
The Drug and Alcohol Counseling Certificate program is recommended by not required for Criminal Justice majors.
Currently, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the largest employer of substance abuse counselors in Texas.