B.A.A.S. in Criminal Justice

Note: This degree is pending approval by our regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools – Commission on Colleges.  Contact the Associate Provost for additional information regarding the status of our regional accreditation.

The B.A.A.S. in Criminal Justice is a transfer pathway for students with an Associate of Applied Science degree. Students may complete the program by obtaining credit for the relevant program coursework, up to 33 hours, for certifications, non-academic training in the field, and industry training.
The B.A.A.S. in Criminal Justice, in conjunction with students' experience, provides skills in law enforcement, social perceptiveness, decision-making and problem-solving, writing, and speaking. Graduates can acquire positions with law enforcement agencies, the police force, and correctional facilities, among other related fields. The program combines skills learned in the classroom with the field experience many pursuing a criminal justice degree already possess. The degree program is a practical, streamlined way for students to simultaneously advance both their education and their career, or to use their past experiences to enhance a new career field.

Degree Requirements

General Education 1
ENGL 1301Composition I3
ENGL 1302Composition II3
Life and Physical Sciences-0306
Language, Philosophy, and Culture-0403
Creative Arts-0503
American History-060
HIST 1301United States History I3
HIST 1302United States History II3
Government and Political Science-070
GOVT 2305Federal Government3
GOVT 2306Texas Government3
Social and Behavioral Sciences-0803
Component Area Option-090
SPCH 1311Introduction to Speech Communication3
or SPCH 1315 Public Speaking
or SPCH 1321 Business & Professional Communication
Any Core Component (090)3
Occupational Specialization 233
SOCI 3303Race and Ethnic Relations3
CRIJ 3305Criminology3
CRIJ 3310Criminal Justice Supervision and Management3
CRIJ 3315Criminal Evidence3
CRIJ 4312Criminal Justice Ethics3
CRIJ 4315Criminal Justice Statistics3
CRIJ 4316Methods of Criminal Justice Research3
CRIJ 4395Criminal Justice Senior Seminar3
Upper-Level Criminal Justice Electives (3000-4000)12
Upper-Level Electives (3000-4000)9
Total Semester Credit Hours120

 Refer to General Education Core Requirements for more information.


For the Occupational Specialization credits, students must have a minimum of 12 semester credit hours consisting of technical, vocational, and military training and may include academic electives to complete the maximum allowable 33 semester credit hours.

Course Schedule Information

The Course Information page includes a complete list of courses and course descriptions. See the courses offered this semester using the Online Course Schedule.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon Completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Explain concepts, major criminological theories, empirical findings, and trends in Criminal Justice
  2. Apply legal and ethical principles to the practice of Criminal Justice
  3. Describe the structure and functioning of institutions in Criminal Justice
  4. Identify the racial and ethnic issues associated with the practice of Criminal Justice
  5. Writing appropriately for upper-level coursework and criminal justice occupations