A.A. in Criminal Justice

Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice

The Associate of Arts prepares students to pursue a four-year degree at a university. After completing general education and criminal justice classes, students can transfer credit to a Texas public university’s criminal justice program. The degree allows students to save money compared to a university education and to succeed in small classes with dedicated instructors.

Suggested Study Plan

Semester 1

Course SCH
ENGL 1301 COMPOSITION I 3
HIST 1301 U.S. HISTORY I 3
COSC 1301
or BCIS 1305
MICROCOMPUTER APPLICATIONS
or BUSINESS COMPUTER APPLICATIONS
3
SPCH 1315
or SPCH 1318
PUBLIC SPEAKING
or INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
3
CRIJ 1301 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE 3

Semester 2

Course SCH
ENGL 1302 COMPOSITION II 3
HIST 1302 U.S. HISTORY II 3
MATH Select from Core Curriculum 3
Social/Behavioral Sciences Select from Core Curriculum 3
CRIJ 1306 COURT SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES 3

Semester 3

Course SCH
GOVT 2301 U.S. AND TEXAS GOVERNMENT I 3
Natural Science Select from Core Curriculum 4
Fine Arts Select from Core Curriculum 3
CRIJ 1310 FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL LAW 3
PHED Elective PHED Elective 1

Semester 4

Course SCH
*Humanities Select from Core Curriculum 3
GOVT 2302 U.S. AND TEXAS GOVERNMENT II 3
Natural Science Select from Core Curriculum 4
CRIJ 2313 CORRECTIONAL SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES 3
CRIJ 2328 POLICE SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES 3

How to Begin an Associate Degree

  1. Apply to COM at www.com.edu/apply.
  2. Submit necessary documentation including high school or college transcripts, proof of Texas residency and meningitis vaccination records if you are under 22.
  3. Satisfy placement testing requirements.
  4. If you are a first-time college student, attend a New Student Orientation before registering. Transfer students meet with an advisor before registering.
  5. Register for classes at www.com.edu/register.

Financial Assistance

An education at COM is offered at a fraction of the cost of a university. In addition, students may apply for financial aid and scholarships. For financial aid information, call 409-933-8274 or visit www.com.edu/financial-aid. For scholarship details, call 409-933-8508 or visit www.com.edu/scholarships.

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