Criminal Justice/Law EnforcementHigh School Open Enrollment
Career Outlook and Program Overview
A few of the many Career Opportunities include:
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
|Municipal Police Officer||$52,130|
|Texas State Trooper||$73,200|
|Criminal Investigator (Dallas)||$64,903|
|FBI Special Agent||$71,070|
Source: Texas Department of Criminal Justice
Director of CTE
CTE & Assessment Secretary
Dean, Social and Behavioral Sciences and Business
Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 176
Department Chair, Government, Criminal Justice & Paralegal
Marie Hall Academic Building, Room 159
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