Criminal Justice, Associate of Arts



San Jacinto's AA in Criminal Justice is designed to allow completed students a smooth transition into the university of their choice. This degree meets the needs of students who intend to complete their BA in Criminal Justice or other compatible degree plans. This AA complies with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) approved field of study in Criminal Justice and is a semester transfer block to any public Texas four-year college or university with a Criminal Justice major. 

THECB has established that students who complete the degree plan as stated will not have to repeat any courses successfully completed as part of the field of study. Students should check the directed electives of the university to which they wish to transfer. 

Earning Potential

First-Line Supervisors of Police and Detectives: $101,1151

Police and Sherrif Patrol Officers: $69,9981


Source: median salary Gulf Coast region, 2022

Source:  Texas




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Plan of Study (Degree Plan)


Plan of Study Grid
First Year
First TermCredits
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices 3
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
EDUC 1100
Learning Framework
or Learning Framework
Second Term
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
Directed Electives (see list below) 3
Directed Electives (see list below) 3
ENGL 1302
Composition II
or Technical and Business Writing
Mathematics 3
Second Year
First Term
Life and Physical Science (Natural Science) 4
Language, Philosophy and Culture (Humanities) 3
American History 3
GOVT 2305 Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 3
Component Area Option 3
Second Term
Life and Physical Science (Natural Science) 4
American History 3
GOVT 2306 Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics) 3
Creative Arts (Fine Arts) 3
 Total Credits60
Directed Electives (select two courses, 6 SCH, depending on transfer institution requirements)
CRIJ 1307Crime in America3
CRIJ 1313Juvenile Justice System3
CRIJ 2301Community Resources in Corrections3
CRIJ 2314Criminal Investigation3
CRIJ 2323Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement3
PSYC 2301General Psychology3
SPAN 1411Beginning Spanish I4
SPAN 1412Beginning Spanish II4
SPAN 2311Intermediate Spanish I3
SPAN 2312Intermediate Spanish II3

Directed Electives are selected by the transfer institution for inclusion in the Field of Study (FOS) embedded in this Associate of Arts degree. To determine which Directed Electives to take, please see the list of Directed Electives for Texas transfer institutions accepting the FOS in Criminal Justice.

Transfer Plans (MAPs)

If you do not see your transfer school, please follow the Plan of Study. For more information, contact an Admissions Advisor. Please speak to an advisor at San Jacinto College and the transfer institution to ensure this Transfer Plan is accurate and complete. For a list of all MAPs, students may go to Transfer Plans A-Z. Students may filter for specific universities, disciplines, or degrees, and print individual MAPs.

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