Criminal Justice Field of Study

An Associate of Arts with a Criminal Justice Field of Study requires 60 credit hours.

Dr. J. Eric Coleman
Program Coordinator/ Faculty:
Office – BJP Campus RM-1108
214 860-5740
At no time in our nation’s history has there been a greater need for highly qualified and well educated criminal justice professionals to tackle the complex and unending challenges facing the American Criminal Justice System. The Associate of Arts – Criminal Justice Field of Study degree offered here at El Centro College, provides general academic courses and electives that will enable you to transfer these credits to a four year institution if your goal is to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice or criminology. Students planning to transfer will have a solid academic foundation in the critical areas and components that comprise the police, courts, and the correctional system.

El Centro is uniquely poised to offer our students an exceptional and dynamic learning experience in the field of criminal justice with our campuses being situated in the “urban hub” of downtown Dallas, which is in close proximity to the Dallas Police Headquarters and Dallas Sheriff’s Office along with our state and Federal court systems and criminal justice agencies.  This provides our students with unique field experiences to augment their learning in this exciting academic discipline. In addition, El Centro host the Dallas County Sheriff’s Academy on the Bill Priest Campus along with other criminal justice and public safety related training. El Centro College has and continues to build solid industry partnerships within the entire criminal justice community to better position our students for successful employment opportunities upon graduation or certificate completion. Our faculty are second to none in the field of criminal justice with most having extensive work experience in the police, courts, or corrections field and which all hold Master’s or Doctorates in Criminal Justice or related disciplines.

Criminal Justice Field of Study
18 credit hours

  Required Courses:
CRIJ 1301      Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIJ 1306      Court Systems and Practices
CRIJ 1307      Crime in America
CRIJ 1310      Fundamentals of Criminal Law
CRIJ 2313      Correctional Systems and Practices
CRIJ 2328      Police Systems and Practices
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For details about graduation rates, program costs and other important information, view the gainful employment disclosure.