Criminal Justice

Four semesters (AAS)
Two semesters (Level I)
Three semesters (Level II)


Abilene Campus

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.

Acquiring a job in the criminal justice field can start you on one of the most rewarding career paths available, offering you the opportunity to work for the good of your community every day. Positions in law enforcement, the legal system, social work, and forensic science are necessary to maintain order and ensure that the innocent are protected and the guilty are punished. The best news is that, in many cases, these positions are open for anyone with a clean background and an associate degree in criminal justice. That means that after completing two years of college coursework, as opposed to a four-year degree, you could be part of the solution, helping to keep the streets safe in a career that offers good benefits and the potential for advancement. Although the job most commonly thought of in the criminal justice field is probably a position in law enforcement, criminal investigators and police officers are only a few of the roles necessary to keep the legal system running smoothly. Criminal justice jobs include positions responsible for prevention (like youth counselors or security officers), prosecution (legal aids and paralegals who work closely with the courts), victim advocates, correctional officers (maintaining order in prisons, jails, and detention facilities), and parole officers. In fact, any position which works primarily to uphold the law, from an insurance investigator to a crime scene technician, represents an essential element in the criminal justice system. One of the great benefits of the Associate Degree in Criminal Justice is that it allows for more on-the-job experience, a feature that is becoming more and more attractive to potential employers.


Degrees & Certifications Offered


See the Cisco College Catalog for course listings.


Target Jobs

  • Police Officer
  • Sheriff
  • Paralegal
  • Correctional Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Fish and Game Warden
  • Crime Scene Technician
  • Bailiff
  • Police Dispatch
  • Security Officer

Gainful Employment

Criminal Justice

James Berry
Criminal Justice Professor

There is no special selection criteria for this program


*Prospective students should remember that acceptance by Cisco College does not guarantee admission into specific occupational programs