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Criminal Justice Field of Study and A.A.S. (43.0104 and 43.0107)

Criminal Justice Field of Study and A.A.S. (43.0104 and 43.0107) Uvalde Campus - Limited Course Offerings at Off-Campus Sites


Faculty and Staff

J Suarez
Jesus Suarez
Allied Health and Human 
Services Division Chair

Email
(830) 591-7364
M Mahler
Marlaina Paige Mahler
Instructor
Email
(830) 591-2945
D Gear
G. Dale Gear, Jr.
Instructor
Email
(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 two options.  The first option, Criminal Justice, is for those students seeking to graduate with an A.A.S. in Criminal Justice.  This option will focus on the three core components of the Criminal Justice process (Police, Courts, and Corrections).  The second 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 TCOLE Texas Peace Officer exam.   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, the two-year A.A.S. degree in Criminal Justice and the A.A.S. Criminal Justice – Basic Peace Officer Option. 

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 Associate of Applied Science Degree add
Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree Program of Study
General Education Courses Credit
Social & Behavioral Sciences 6
Humanities & Fine Arts 3
Natural Science & Math 3
Other 3
Total General Education Courses 12
Technical Education Courses 45
Basic Use of Computers 3
Total Credit Hours for A.A.S. 60

Program of Study 

The Criminal Justice program provides two options for the A.A.S. degree: the Criminal Justice and Basic Peace Officer option.

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Criminal Justice Option add

Program of Study

First Year

Fall Semester

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Criminal Justice Option Program of Study First Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1100π Learning Framework
or
COLS 0300 College Success Skills
CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System 3
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
Total 12

Spring Semester

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Criminal Justice Option Program of Study First Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
Elective Speech Communications 3
Elective Humanities and Fine Arts 3
Total 12

Second Year

Fall Semester

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Criminal Justice Option Program of Study Second Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
CRIJ 2313 Correction Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
CJSA 1400 Death Investigation I 4
Elective College Level Math 3
Elective Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Criminal Justice Option Program of Study Second Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
CJLE 1303 Basic Telecommunications Certification 3
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3
CJSA 1330 Cybercrimes 3
CJSA 1351 Use of Force 3
CJLE 1327 Interviewing/Report Writing 3
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
CJSA 22831 Cooperative Education - Criminal Justice/
Safety Studies 2
Total 20
Total Credit Hours for A.A.S. 60

Notes:

  1. Capstone course that consolidates the student's learning experiences.
π All students are required to take EDUC 1100 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1100/COLS 0300 do not count toward degree requirements.
Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Basic Peace Officer Option add

Program of Study

First Year

Fall Semester

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Basic Peace Officer Option Program of Study First Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
EDUC 1100π Learning Framework
or
COLS 0300 College Success Skills
CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System 3
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America 3
COSC 1301 Introduction to Computers 3
Total 12

Spring Semester

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Basic Peace Officer Option Program of Study First Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
Elective Speech Communications 3
Elective Humanities & Fine Arts 3
Total 12

Second Year

Fall Semester

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Basic Peace Officer Option Program of Study Second Year Fall Semester
Course Number Title Credit
CRIJ 2313 Correction Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
CJSA 1400 Death Investigation I 4
Elective College Level Math 3
Elective Social & Behavioral Sciences 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science Degree - Basic Peace Officer Option Program of Study Second Year Spring Semester
Course Number Title Credit
CJLE 15061 Basic Peace Officer I 5
CJLE 15121 Basic Peace Officer II 5
CJLE 15181 Basic Peace Officer III 5
CJLE 15241,2 Basic Peace Officer IV 5
Total 20
Total Credit Hours for A.A.S. 60

Notes:

  1. Student enrolls in TCOLE approved Law Enforcement Academy. Basic Peace Officer sequence option is to subject to Texas Commission on Law ENforcement (TCOLE) rules, including criminal history check - see TCOLE enrollment standards below. These courses are eligible for Advanced Placement - see Criminal Justice Advanced Placement Policy below.
  2. Capstone course that consolidates the student's learning experiences.
π All students are required to take EDUC 1100 or COLS 0300; however, EDUC 1100/COLS 0300 do not count toward degree requirements.

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Criminal Justice Program Costs

$5,434 for in-state tuition and fees

$11,314 for out-of-state tuition and fees

$32,826 for books and supplies

$8,260 for off-campus room and board

$14,140 for on-campus room and board