Criminal Justice

The Amarillo College Criminal Justice Department is committed training students to launch viable careers in a wide variety of criminal justice related careers. The Basic Peace Officer Academy is the cornerstone of the training program; however, AC offers A.S. and A.A.S. degrees in Criminal Justice. A degree typically takes two years to complete and can serve as a launching pad for a all sorts of great careers. This is important because more and more law enforcement agencies are requiring some college credit in order to qualify for a given position. All AC classes are offered both online and in the classroom to dovetail with busy schedules.

Criminal Justice

What can you do with a Criminal Justice degree or certificate?


Criminal justice programs cover everything from research methods and statistics to corrections and criminal law. The study of criminal justice gives students a working knowledge of how the courts, corrections institutions, and law enforcement agencies function. Those who earn a degree often go on to accept jobs such as crime scene investigators, probation officers, correctional counselors, FBI special agents, paralegals, criminal justice professors, or police detectives.

 Criminal Justice

Follow your path to a Bachelor's Degree


Pick the pace that works best for you. Transfer in as little as four semesters.

Criminal Justice – 60 hrs.

Gen. Studies AS

1ST Semester – 13 hrs

EDUC 1100 FYS Learning Frameworks

1 hr.

ENGL 1301  Freshman Comp. I 

3 hrs

MATH 1332 Contemporary Mathematics  

3 hrs.

SPCH from approved list

3 hrs.

CRIJ 1301- Introduction to Criminal Justice 

3 hrs

2nd Semester – 16 hrs.

 

ENGL 1302 Freshman Comp I  or ENGL 2311 – Technical Writing

3 hrs.

HIST 1301 US History I                                                                                                       

3 hrs

BIOL 1408 Biology for Non STEM majors or approved LPS

4 hrs.

CRIJ 1307 Crimes in America      

  3 hrs

CRIJ 1306- Court Systems

3 hrs.

3rd Semester – 16 hrs

GOVT 2305  U.S. Government

3 hrs.

HIST 1302 U.S. Hist. II 

3 hrs

BIOL 1409 Biology for Non STEM majors or approved LPS

4 hrs.

CRIJ 2313- Correctional Systems & Practices

3 hrs.

CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Law

3 hrs

4th Semester – 15 hrs.

CRIJ 2328- Police Systems and Practices

3 hrs

CRIJ 2314- Criminal Investigation

3 hrs

Language Philosophy & Culture from approved list

3 hrs

GOVT 2306- Texas Government

3 hrs

Creative Arts

3 hrs.