You grew up wanting to be an astronaut, a firefighter, a police officer, a hero. Even as the years went by, and childhood dreams faded, you still wanted to make your mark on the world. You still needed to make a difference. You still can. Whatever direction your path takes in the field of criminal justice, from law to political science to psychology to police patrols, take your first steps into an exciting new career right here. See our areas of study below, and see how you can still be the hero of your story today.

  • Correctional Systems and Practices
  • Courts and Criminal Procedure
  • Crime in America
  • Criminal Investigation
  • Drug Abuse
  • Fingerprinting
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law
  • History and Development of Criminal Justice
  • Interviews and Confessions
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
  • Open Discussion On Current U.S. Supreme Court / Other Criminal Justice Related Rulings
  • Police Systems and Practices
  • Probation and Parole

stephen-gassCriminal justice administration students will work closely with retired Lieutenant Stephen Gass, who has 25 years of experience as a law-enforcement professional with the Texarkana Texas Police Department. Gass’s public services 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 (DARE) Instructor

Scholarship Opportunities

The Texarkana College Foundation offers an endowed scholarship just for criminal justice students. Visit our scholarships page to learn more about the Officer William Jason Sprague Memorial Scholarship.

Gainful Employment

Have questions about this program, the costs involved and what job prospects may exist in the marketplace?  Check our Gainful Employment report.

To learn more, please contact us.

Stephen Gass
Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice
(903) 823-3235
Dr. Dixon Boyles
Dean of Business and Social Sciences

Associate of Arts – Concentration in Criminal Justice Administration

Freshman Year

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

Sophomore Year

First Semester Hours
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3
MATH (any core course)* 3
HIST 1302 United States History II (core) 3
Social & Behavioral Science
(any core course)
Language, Philosophy &
Culture (any core course)
Second Semester Hours
Creative Arts (any core course) 3
(any core course/no lab required)
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems & Practices 3
SPCH (any core course) 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (core) 3
Total Hours 60

*MATH 1332 Math for Liberal Arts is recommended

The Drug and Alcohol Abuse Counseling Certificate program is recommended but not required for Criminal Justice majors. Currently, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is the largest employer of substance abuse counselors in Texas.

Criminal Justice Administration Course Descriptions

Core Courses

Several courses for this degree can be found in the Academic Core. View the Academic Core

CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice

History, philosophy, and development of the criminal justice system; crime defined. Its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; prosecution and defense; court system; trial process; corrections.

CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices

The judiciary in the criminal justice system; structure of the American court system; prosecution; right to counsel; pretrial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; sentencing.

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America

Historical study of American crime problems; social and public policy factors affecting crime; impact of crime and its trends; social characteristics of specific crimes; crime prevention.

CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law

A study of the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crimes; elements of crime and penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations; criminal responsibility.

CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System

Study of deviant behavior with emphasis on youthful offenders; current theories of crime causation and treatment of juvenile offenders; crime prevention and the involvement of juveniles in various areas of crime in the United States.

CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices

Corrections in the criminal justice system; organization of correctional systems; correctional role; institutional operations; alternatives to institutionalization; treatment and rehabilitation; current and future issues.

CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation

Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; use of the forensic sciences; case and trial preparation.

CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement

Authority and responsibilities of law enforcement officers; constitutional restraints on police behavior; laws of arrest, search and seizure; criminal and civil liability of police officers.

CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices

The Law Enforcement profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues.