An education in Criminal Justice can lead to a wide variety of public service careers. Criminal justice courses provide valuable knowledge in working effectively in corrections, probation, government and private security settings. These academic courses are intended to transfer to a four-year college or university towards earning a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice.
Note that all courses may not be offered at every college of DCCCD. For a full listing of all courses, including which college offers a specific course, check the online Combined Colleges catalog.
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An Associate of Arts degree with a Field of Study in Criminal Justice is offered at El Centro College. Official Field of Study degrees were created by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Field of Study degrees comprise courses to complete at freshman and sophomore levels that lead to a specific major in a four-year degree.
Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield and Mountain View colleges offer various courses in the Career and Technical Education program in Criminal Justice, designed for direct entry into the job market for entry-level positions.
Criminal Justice courses are listed under the four-letter rubrics (course prefixes):
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Check the current class schedule at the DCCCD college you plan to attend to see what classes are offered in a given semester. See the
browsable class schedules of the colleges of DCCCD.
The core of learning in college is a set of courses that will provide you with the knowledge, skills and educational experiences you need to succeed in higher education. Those classes — called the Core Curriculum — are the courses that lead to an associate degree from the colleges of DCCCD and which transfer to four-year colleges and universities.
Students who complete the DCCCD Core Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed that their courses will transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Individual Core courses must be accepted as well by the transfer institution, according to state law.
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Core Curriculum of the colleges of DCCCD.
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