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 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.