Criminal Justice

Maintaining the safety and security of citizens is one of the highest priorities in society. Criminal justice professionals perform a valuable service for our communities and nation. At no time in this nation’s history has there been a greater need for qualified, well-educated and dedicated criminal justice professionals.

The Cisco College Criminal Justice Program prepares students to work in a variety of settings including positions as police officers, probation officers, parole officers, crime laboratory specialists, criminologists, customs officials, correctional officers, public and private investigators, and research and planning analysts. Cisco College provides students with a basic understanding of the parts of the criminal justice system as well as expanded knowledge in specialized fields of study. Students who successfully complete the eight criminal justice courses and the requirements of the AAS will earn a degree. 

Curriculum
Program leading to an Associate in Applied Science degree may include the following courses:

Specialized Courses:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • Criminal Investigation 
  • Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 
  • Court Systems and Practice 
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law 
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice 
  • Police Systems and Practice 
  • Juvenile Justice Systems 

General Courses:

  • English 
  • College Algebra 
  • General Psychology 
  • Principles of Sociology 
  • American Government 
  • State and Local Government 
  • Business Computer Applications 
  • Public Speaking 
  • Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 
  • Physical Training 

Criminal Justice Electives:

  • Ethics in Criminal Justice 
  • Criminology 
  • Community Resources in Corrections 
  • Internship 
  • Intermediate Arrest, Search and Seizure 
  • Intermediate Crime Scene Investigation 
  • Probation and Parole 
  • Child Abuse, Prevention Investigation 
  • Spanish for Law Enforcement 

Level I Certificate in Criminal Justice:

  • Introduction to Criminal Justice 
  • Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 
  • Police Systems and Practice 
  • Fundamentals of Criminal Law 
  • Criminal Investigation 
  • Court Systems and Practice 
  • Juvenile Justice Systems 
  • Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice


Application Procedure
To be considered for admission to the Criminal Justice program, interested persons should:

  1. Complete application to Cisco College
  2. Contact James Berry or Amy Callan, division chair.
  3. Admission Requirements
    **Applicants for admission to this program must fulfill the general requirements for admission to the College
  4. Fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  5. Talk to a counselor about testing

**Prospective students should also remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs. Additional factors considered for admission may be a satisfactory record in high school or college, placement tests and other criteria.

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