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Programs of Study

Public Services

Criminal Justice (AS)

Degree Type: AS

Semester Credit Hours: 60

First Semester - 15 SCH

COSC 1301 - Introduction to Computing
CRIJ 1301 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology
ENGL 1301 - Composition I
SPCH 1321 - Business and Professional Communication

Second Semester - 15 SCH

CRIJ 1306 - Court Systems & Practices
ENGL 1302 - Composition II
HIST 1301 - United States History I
CRIJ 1310 - Fundamentals of Criminal Law
MATH 1342 - Elementary Statistical Mathematics

Third Semester - 15 SCH

PHYS 1303 - Stars and Galaxies
CRIJ 2313 - Correctional Systems & Practices
PSYC 2301 - General Psychology
GOVT 2305 - Federal Government
HIST 1302 - United States History II

Fourth Semester - 15 SCH

PHYS 1304 - Solar System
COMM 1307 - Introduction to Mass Communication
DRAM 1310 - Introduction to Theater
CRIJ 2328 - Police Systems and Practices
GOVT 2306 - Texas Government

Marketable Skills

  • Legal Knowledge - Comprehension of legal processes; analysis of the rights of different parties in the criminal justice system.
  • Social Responsibility - Comprehension of moral and social responsibilities to the public; understanding the rights of victims, suspects, and offenders.
  • Writing - Be able to write in a clear and comprehensible manner to the reader.
  • Social Skills - Effectively use body language, verbal and non-verbal communication skills, and personal appearance to communicate and interact with others.
  • Analytical Reasoning - Collect and evaluate data from a variety of data sources to inform the investigations, strategies, and policy decisions of criminal justice organizations in a way that will make the data usable for problem-solving.

Program Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in the core criminal justice areas by describing the functions and roles of each area.
  • Students will be able to model professional behaviors and skills in relation to the ethics and professionalism expected within the criminal justice system.
  • Students will be able to identify, analyze, compare and contrast the philosophy and function of the role of law enforcement in American society.
  • Students will be able to provide a comprehensive view of criminal justice that include criminal procedures, penal laws, policy, and procedure of the system.

Expected Salary

Texas wage data: workers on average earn $64,970; 10% of workers earn $42,970 or less; 10% of workers earn $89,120 or more. US wage data: workers on average earn $65,540; 10% of workers earn $38,420 or less; 10% of workers earn $109,040 or more.

Career Opportunities

AS Minimum: State Police; Police Officer; Sheriff Deputy; Constable; Justice of the Peace; Correctional Officer; Private Investigator; Paralegal; Security Officer; Bailiff; Police Dispatcher; Loss Prevention; Fraud Investigator; Latent Print Technician; Bail Agent; Fire Investigator; Court Administrator; School Resource Officer. BS Minimum: Federal Law Enforcement Agent; Game Warden; Probation Officer; Parole Officer; Conflict Resolution Mediator; Criminal Investigator; Crime Scene Technician; Crime Lab Analyst; Victim Advocate; Crime Reporter; Public Information Officer; Case Manager.

High School Endorsements

Public Service / Social & Behavioral Sciences

Additional Educational Opportunities

A student completing the Paris Junior College curriculum is considered Core complete at Texas A&M Commerce.