Criminal Justice


Faculty/Staff

J Suarez
M Mahler
D Gear

Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

jrsuarez@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-7364

Marlaina Page Mahler
Instructor
mpmahler@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-2945
G. Dale Gear, Jr.
Instructor
gdgear@swtjc.edu
(830) 591-7331

Purpose

The Criminal Justice program provides education and training for students planning careers in federal, state, or local law enforcement.  The Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) program offers students the opportunity to focus on one of three options.  The first option, the Basic Peace Officer, is for those students seeking to graduate with an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice and from the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy to prepare for the TCLEOSE Texas Peace Officer exam.  The second option, Corrections, is for those students seeking to graduate with an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice with a focus on Correctional Systems.  The third option, Forensic Science is for those students seeking to graduate with an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice with a focus on Forensic Science.  Criminal Justice is a Local Articulation program.


Admission Requirements

Students are admitted to the Criminal Justice program through regular college admission procedures (see Admission Regulations section).  Students will receive a one-year Certificate and/or an A.A.S. degree upon satisfactory completion of the courses of study and upon making formal application for graduation (see Curricula section).

The Criminal Justice program carries two award options, a one-year Certificate and the two-year A.A.S. degree.  College Board policy requires all students to take the TSI Assessment Students pursuing the one-year Certificate do not have to score at “college ready” levels; however, those not scoring at the READ 0302 level are encouraged to enroll in the appropriate developmental course(s).

Students who wish to pursue the two-year A.A.S. degree must meet all Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements.


Program of Study

Criminal Justice Program of Study

 


Criminal Justice Resources

Occupations

Occupational Profiles

Peace Officer AAS
Estimated Program Costs

4 Semesters

Tuition & Fees $4,083.75
Room & Board $7,200.00
Books & Supplies $2,000.00
Other $1,794.00
Total $15,077.75

Corrections AAS
Estimated Program Costs

4 Semesters

Tuition & Fees $3,808.75
Room & Board $7,200.00
Books & Supplies $2,000.00
Other $1,595.50
Total $14,604.25

Forensic Science AAS
Estimated Program Costs

4 Semesters

Tuition & Fees $3,753.75
Room & Board $7,200.00
Books & Supplies $2,000.00
Other $1,599.00
Total $14,552.75