Criminal Justice, Level 2 Certificate of Technology
Do you desire to make the world a better and safer place? Do you believe in justice and protection? If so, studying criminal justice at San Jacinto College is an excellent place to begin.
Our program prepares you for a variety of exciting and meaningful careers—law enforcement, emergency management, homeland security, corrections, probation, parole, and even social work. We offer a degree plan that prepares you for a career in criminal justice—one of the most popular, fascinating, and fastest growing fields. Choose this path, and you will be serving society with a chance to make the world a better place.
The San Jacinto College criminal justice program:
- Offers students a career that gives back to their community. When you study criminal justice at San Jacinto College, you are supporting safety as you train to serve as a professional in the criminal justice field;
- Prepares students to specialize in studies for their long-term goals that can lead to rewarding careers in social work, the FBI, pre-law, homeland security, and emergency management; and
- Is best for those individuals who want to pursue a challenging career in a criminal justice profession. Criminal justice is today’s new liberal arts degree.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree offers the educational foundation needed in policing, social work, corrections, probation and parole. In addition, there are certificates that focus on educational direction and are centered around professional fields.
Upon proof of completion of a basic academy by having successfully passed the state’s licensing exam, San Jacinto College will articulate 18.0 WECM semester hours upon completion of six hours of criminal justice courses in residency at San Jacinto College for working police officers based upon proof of having successfully passed the state’s licensing exam. San Jacinto College exempts licensed Texas peace officers, who are employed as full-time officers, from tuition on criminal justice courses.
- Police Officers
- Parole Officers
- Probation Officers
- Adult Protective Service Officers
- Child Protective Service Officers
- Social Workers
- Emergency Management
- Homeland Security
Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher: $16.06 per hour1
Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy: $18.05 per hour1
Harris County detention officer: $35,071 to $50,132 per year2
Pasadena Police Department patrol officer starting salary:$55,680 per year3
Rosenberg Police Department police officer starting salary: $24.55 - $29.45 per hour4
Webster Police Department police officer cadet starting salary: $22.08 per hour ($45,926 per year)5
Webster Police Department police officer starting salary: $24.28 per hour ($50,519 per year) and $24.89 per hour ($51,781 per year) after six months probationary period.5
Source: www.brazoria-county.com, 2017
Source: www.hcsojobs.com/detentionofficer.aspx, 2017
Source: www.ppdcareer.com, 2017
Source: www.rosenbergpolice.com, 2017
Source: www.cityofwebster.com, 2017
For more information, please contact Central campus, 281-476-1873; or North campus, 281-998-6150, x7435.
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.
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 Grid
Central and North Campuses
|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 2313/CJCR 1307||Correctional Systems and Practices||3|
|CRIJ 2328/CJSA 1359||Police Systems and Practices||3|
|CRIJ 1307/CJSA 1312||Crime in America||3|
|CJLE 1327||Interviewing and Report Writing for Criminal Justice Professions||3|
|CRIJ 2323/CJSA 2300||Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement||3|
|CRIJ 2314/CJSA 1342||Criminal Investigation||3|
|CJSA 1348||Ethics in Criminal Justice||3|
|BCIS 1305||Business Computer Applications||3|
|CJSA 1308||Criminalistics I||3|
|CRIJ 1313/CJSA 1317||Juvenile Justice System||3|
|CJSA 1351||Use of Force||3|
or CJLE 1333
|Community Resources in Corrections
or Traffic Law and Investigation