West Texas A&M University

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Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice


Now available on Campus, in Amarillo and Online


What you can do with a degree in Criminal Justice

You can have a career in the following fields:

  • A state trooper
  • A probation officer
  • A juvenile probation officer
  • A detective
  • A university police officer
  • A police officer
  • A jailer
  • A prison guard
  • A manager in a criminal justice agency
  • A deputy sheriff
  • An emergency manager
  • A lawyer
  • A judge


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Criminal Justice - Policing (B.S.)Curriculum Guide
   - Criminal Justice Minor

Learning Possibilities

  • What a person's Constitutional Rights are
  • How to legally search someone's home and vehicle
  • What probable cause is for an arrest
  • What reasonable suspicion is to stop a person or vehicle
  • Why police officers must give the Miranda warnings
  • How to investigate a crime scene
  • What probation is
  • What the study of criminology is
  • What community corrections is
  • What the Texas Penal Code is and how it is applied
  • What terrorism is
  • Why understanding crime statistics is important in preventing crimes
  • What drug types Americans abuse
  • What prisons are like in the United States
  • How to create a budget for a police or probation department
  • How to manage criminal justice organizations in their unique environment.


You may choose between a Bachelors of Science that includes additional math or science classes


You may choose a Bachelors of Arts that includes foreign language


Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Median wage (TX) - $56,810
Median wage (US) -     $59,560

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

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Internship opportunity

All criminal justice majors must complete an internship in a criminal justice agency. All undergraduate students work with the Program Director in finding a criminal justice agency of their career interest, then the student works in that agency, receives a grade for 6 hours of credit, and then has an excellent opportunity to be hired by that agency once the student graduates!

program Prerequisites

  • Apply critical thinking skills to solve complex issues
  • Be able to work with a team
  • Be able to lead individuals
  • Ability to communicate under crisis to solve emergency situations
  • Communicate effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Apply applications of federal and state laws into practical situations
  • Make ethical decisions
  • Design programs that solve criminal justice issues


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