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Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice

 

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Now available on Campus, in Amarillo and Online

Criminal Justice Program Information
Criminal Justice Online Information

What you can do with a degree in Criminal Justice

You can have a career in the following fields:

  • A state trooper
  • A juvenile probation officer
  • A police officer
  • A manager in a criminal justice agency
  • A deputy sheriff
  • An emergency manager
  • Parole Officer  /  Probation Officer
  • ATF Special Agent
  • Court Administrator
  • Paralegal/ Legal Assistant
  • Corrections Case Manager
  • Correctional Officer
  • Customs Agent
  • Bailiff
  • Border Patrol Agent  /  Customs Agent
  • Fire Investigator
  • Bureau of Diplomatic Security Special Agent

PLAN OF STUDY

Criminal Justice - Administration (B.A.)Curriculum Guide
Criminal Justice - Administration (B.S.)Curriculum Guide
Criminal Justice - Corrections (B.A.)Curriculum Guide
Criminal Justice - Corrections (B.S.)Curriculum Guide
Criminal Justice - Policing (B.A.)Curriculum Guide
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 the study of criminology is
  • What community corrections is (probation and parole)
  • 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.

DEGREE OPTIONS

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

OR

You may choose a Bachelors of Arts that includes foreign language

CAREER CLOSEUP

Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Median wage (TX) - $56,810
Median wage (US) -     $59,680


Detectives and Criminal Investigators

Median wage (TX) -
$74,047
Median wage (US) -
$78,120

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

PROGRAM COSTS

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