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    Palo Alto College
  Aug 12, 2020
Palo Alto College 2009-2010 Academic Catalog 
Palo Alto College 2009-2010 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Criminal Justice, A.A.

Criminal Justice is the study of the structures, functions and decision processes of those agencies that are responsible for managing criminal behavior. The field includes law enforcement, court systems, and correctional systems. The Criminal Justice Program at Palo Alto College strives to provide students with all the necessary skills and knowledge to become competent public servants in those fields. There are numerous career opportunities in criminal justice; higher education is essential for today’s criminal justice professional. Criminal justice majors may pursue such careers as police officers, adult and juvenile probation officers, correctional and detention officers; and prosecutors and defense attorneys.

The Criminal Justice Program offers courses leading to an Associate of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice. The program also offers concentrations in Forensic Science and Legal Studies. The Criminal Justice AA degree requires the completion of a 45-hour Core Curriculum, designed to provide the student with a broad liberal arts foundation, and additional criminal justice course requirements. All courses will transfer to any public four-year institution in Texas that offers either a BS or BA degree in Criminal Justice. Students who are intending to transfer to a four-year institution must seek advisement with a Criminal Justice Program Advisor for information on transfer agreements with specific universities.

This program is a THECB-approved Field of Study.

Related Degrees and Certificates

Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Forensic Science, A.A 

Criminal Justice with a Concentration in Legal Studies, A.A. 

Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice (3051)

Communication (9 Hours)

Select 1 course from the Additional Communication (11) Core   

Mathematics (3 Hours)

Select 1 course from the Mathematics (20) Core 

Natural Sciences (7 Hours)

Select 2 courses from the Natural Sciences (30) Core 

Humanities and Visual/Performing Arts (9 Hours)

Select 1 course from the Humanities (40) Core 
Select 1 course from the Additional Humanities (41) Core 
Select 1 course from the Visual and Performing Arts (50) Core 

Kinesiology/Dance (2 Hours)

Two hours required from the Kinesiology (90) Core   

Transfer Degree Note:

Courses from the Additional Requirements area may not be used to satisfy Core Curriculum requirements.

Total Hours 60