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 DPS 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 potential lawyer
  • A potential judge


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


  • Your constitutional rights
  • How to search someone’s home or 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 warning
  • How to investigate a crime scene
  • What does probation mean
  • What criminology is
  • What community corrections means
  • What the Texas Penal Code is and how you apply it
  • What terrorism is
  • Why understanding crime statistics is important in preventing crimes
  • What drug types Americans abuse
  • What prisons are like in America
  • How to create a budget for a police or probation department
  • How yo manage people
  • How to apply NIMS to a tornado
  • What to do when dealing with an active shooter


You may choose between a Bachelors of Science (means you must chose 6 hours from the following: biology, chemistry, geology, geosciences, mathematics, physics and antural sciences)


You may choose a Bachelors of Arts (means you must take 6-8 hours of a foreign language  and 6 hours chosen from the following: art, English, history, modern languages, music, philosophy and theatre)


Police and Sheriff's Patrol Officers

Median wage (TX) - $49,620
Median wage (US) - $55,180

Detectives and Criminal Investigators

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Internship opportunity

Real life job experience!
All criminal justice student majors must complete an internship in a criminal justice agency. You will receive 6 hours of university credit by working in a criminal justice agency of for a semester. All undergraduate students work with our 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
  • Use social media technology in researching projects
  • Use new technology in solving legal and crime problems
  • Ability to communicate under crisis to solve emergency situations
  • Communite effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience
  • Create applications of federal and state laws into practical situations
  • Make ethical decisions
  • Design programs that solve criminal justice issues


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