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Criminal Justice Online Associate Degree Houston, TX


The Criminal justice online associate degree provides students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to succeed in a criminal justice career and prepares them for entry-level employment in policing, courts, and corrections. The online criminal justice associate degree may also be used to meet a requirement for entry-level employment in various criminal justice agencies or leveraged for higher-skilled employment and higher pay scales. Potential employment opportunities include police patrol officer, court clerk, court bailiff, correctional officer, probation or parole officer and some federal positions with the requisite law enforcement experience. Additional training will be required for policing and institutional corrections employment.

Graduates of the program will:

  • Analyze the criminal justice system’s operations and issues.
  • Apply legal principles to the police, courts, and correctional components of the criminal justice system.
  • Apply ethical decision-making models and professional standards to criminal justice situations.


Please Note:

Graphic images depicting violent crimes are utilized as teaching tools in various courses. Students should be prepared to view these images and to engage in discussions regarding these images as part of their required learning activities.

Course Listing (90 Credits)

CJ1000     Introduction to Criminal Justice

CJ1500     Criminological Theory

CJ2100     Criminal Law

CJ2150     Professionalism and Ethics in Criminal Justice

CJ2280     Communication for the Criminal Justice Professional

CJ2300     U.S. Courts

CJ2400     U.S. Corrections


EN1150     Composition I

EN1300     Composition II

EN2100      Speech OR
EN2150     Interpersonal Professional Communication


SC Science Elective


MA2000     Quantitative Reasoning


HU Humanities Elective

Behavioral/Social Sciences

Behavioral/Social Science Elective

General Education

CS1201     Juggling College, Life, and Career: Set Up for Success!

CS1301     Do the Numbers! Achieving College and Career Success

CS2086     Career Path Planning


Course availability is subject to minimum class size requirements.