Criminal Justice Core, Occupational Certificate


Criminal justice is an interdisciplinary program with enough flexibility to permit students to pursue diverse interest within the system. For example, an Associate of Arts (AA) allows students interested in social work probation, parole, law, or law enforcement to have a foundational understanding before transfer to the university for a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. Students directed toward probation, parole, or corrections work are advised to select courses from the transfer core. Students seeking an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice have the opportunity to earn three certificates on the pathway to that degree. The AAS transfers to a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS) degree at many universities.

Occupational Certificate

A working police officer who has completed a basic police academy and passed the state’s licensing exam may be eligible to earn credit for prior learning through San Jacinto College once he or she completes six hours of criminal justice courses. Students may contact the Department Chair for more information.


No admission requirements.

Job entry requirements:

Some occupations in the criminal justice field require applicants to pass a background investigation, psychological exam, drug test, and physical examination.

Those entering law enforcement must pass all of the above as well as have no Class A or above convictions or no Class B convictions in the past 10 years.

Plan of Study

Central and North Campuses

Plan of Study Grid
First TermCredits
CRIJ 1301/CJSA 1322 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1306/CJSA 1313 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 1310/CJSA 1327 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CRIJ 2328/CJSA 1359 Police Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 2313/CJCR 1307 Correctional Systems and Practices 3
 Total Credits15

Capstone Experience: CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices or CJSA 1313 Court Systems and Practices