Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement


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Criminal Justice/Law EnforcementHigh School Open Enrollment

The Criminal Justice Dual Enrollment program is designed to encourage area high school students to pursue professions in criminal justice and law enforcement by providing college course-work and opportunities to educate and prepare students for higher education in the field of criminal justice.

Taking place on the Midland College campus, the two-year program is developed for high school juniors and seniors who are seriously interested in pursuing a career in criminal justice.

At the successful completion of the two-year program, students will earn a Criminal Justice Certificate. The classes completed in the certificate program may then be applied to an Associate of Science (A.S.) degree in Criminal Justice.

Career Outlook and Program Overview

Criminal justice is a career-oriented major focusing on the study of the legal rules and inter-relationship between society as a whole and court procedure, police history and procedure, criminology, as well as the use of corrections as a means of rehabilitating convicted criminals. The study of criminal justice provides students with an understanding of the structure and process of how laws, police, courts, and corrections interact to work as a collective whole. As such, there are many potential career opportunities for a student studying criminal justice.

A few of the many Career Opportunities include:

  • Municipal, county or state police officer
  • Federal law enforcement officer
  • Court administrator
  • Juvenile court counselor
  • Game Warden
  • Correctional officer/administrator
  • Probation officer
  • Law/Lawyer
  • Pre-sentence investigator
  • Private security officer or investigator
  • Parole officer
  • Social worker
  • Criminal justice educator
  • Researcher


  • High school students entering grades 11 and 12 who have a serious interest in pursuing a career in criminal justice.

  • Students interested in completing 24 college credit hours of coursework earning a Criminal Justice Certificate.

  • Students interested in applying 24 college credit hours to pursue an A.S. in Criminal Justice.

Semester 1

SPCH 1321 – Business & Professional Communications (3 Hours)

Study and application of communication within the business and professional context. Special emphasis will be given to communication competencies in presentations, dyads, teams and technologically mediated formats.

CRIJ 1301 - Introduction to Criminal Justice (3 Hours)

This course provides an historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes.

Semester 2

CRIJ 1306 – Court Systems & Practices (3 Hours)

This course is a study of the court system as it applies to the structures, procedures, practices and sources of law in American courts, using federal and Texas statutes and case law.

SOCI 1301 – Introduction to Sociology (3 Hours)

The scientific study of human society, including ways in which groups, social institutions, and individuals affect each other. Causes of social stability and social change are explored through the application of various theoretical perspectives, key concepts, and related research methods of sociology. Analysis of social issues in their institutional context may include topics such as social stratification, gender, race/ethnicity, and deviance.

Semester 3

CRIJ 1307 – Crime in America (3 Hours)

American crime problems in historical perspective, social and public policy factors affecting crime, impact and crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and prevention of crime.

CRIJ 1310 – Fundamentals of Criminal Law (3 Hours)

This course is the study of criminal law including application of definitions, statutory elements, defenses and penalties using Texas statutes, the Model Penal Code, and case law. The course also analyzes the philosophical and historical development of criminal law and criminal culpability.

Semester 4

CRIJ 2313 – Correctional Systems & Practices (3 Hours)

This course is a survey of institutional and non-institutional corrections. Emphasis will be placed on the organization and operation of correctional systems; treatment and rehabilitation; populations served; Constitutional issues; and current and future issues.

CRIJ 2328 – Police Systems & Practices (3 Hours)

This course examines the establishment, role and function of police in a democratic society. It will focus on types of police agencies and their organizational structure, police-community interaction, police ethics, and use of authority.

Median hourly pay: $28.97

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Career (in Texas)

Average Salary

Correctional Officer $30,685
Parole Officer $37,314
Municipal Police Officer $52,130
Texas State Trooper $73,200
Criminal Investigator (Dallas) $64,903
Game Warden $66,900
FBI Special Agent $71,070


Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice



Mickala Harper

Director of CTE
(432) 240-1352

Lalena Carpenter

CTE Counselor
(432) 240-1353

Wendy Gee

CTE & Assessment Secretary
(432) 240-1531

Midland College

Frank DeLao

Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Business
Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 176
(432) 685-6813

Sondra Richards

Department Chair, Government, Criminal Justice & Paralegal
Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 159
(432) 685-6815


Dual Credit

Application & Registration Steps

Thank you for choosing Midland College! If you are interested in taking classes at Midland College for high school and college credit, learn more about our registration process.

Dual Credit Registration