Program Curriculum

(66 semester credit hours)

An Associate in Applied Science degree offered by the Division of Social and Behavioral Science.

The program in law enforcement is de­signed to prepare the student for the state licensing exam for peace officers and immedi­ate employment in law enforcement.

Course Course Title Sem. Hours
Freshman Year, Frist Semester
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law 3
ENGL 1301 Composition I 3
MATH College Level Math 3
COSC 1301 Microcomputer Applications 3
  15 sem. hrs
Freshman Year, Second Semester
CRIJ 1306 The Courts and Criminal Procedure 3
CRIJ 1307 (Crime in America) or social/behavioral. science elective 3
CRIJ 2313 Corrections Systems & Practices 3
ENGL 1371 or ENGL 2311 Report Writing for Technology Technical Report Writing 3
  12 sem. hrs
First Summer Session
CJSA 2288 Internship I 2
  2 sem. hrs
Second Summer Semester
CJSA 2289 Internship II 2
  2 sem. hrs
Sophomore Year, First Semester
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement 3
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices 3
Humanities or Performing/Visual Arts Elective 3
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 3
SPCH 1315 Speech (or SPCH 1318) 3
  15 sem. hrs
Sophomore Year, Second Semester
*CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer I 5
*CJLE 1512 (CC) Basic Peace Officer II 5
*CJLE 1518 (CC) Basic Peace Officer III 5
*CJLE 1524 (CC) Basic Peace Officer IV 5
  20 sem. hrs

(CC) = Capstone Course

*Required courses for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement licensing exam and must be taken in sequence in successive semesters as offered.

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Work/Life Experience Policy

The Criminal Justice program has developed the following mechanism to assist those persons employed in the criminal justice field to satisfy degree requirements for their work/life experience and in-service training.

Students who wish to obtain an applied science degree from the college in Law Enforcement and are certified peace officers in the state of Texas may satisfy degree requirements for Basic Peace Officer courses and for Internship I and II courses by meeting the following criteria and paying $12.00 per credit hour. (Students must have taken and successfully completed 24 hours of transferable college credit from Wharton County Junior College prior to receiving credit for the Peace Officer and Internship courses.) Criminal Justice department head approval is required for permission to satisfy degree requirements in this manner.

The prerequisites for work/life and in-service training credit are as follows:

  1. The applicant must be currently employed with a criminal justice agency and have at least six months experience, and;

  2. The applicant must submit a résumé and all supporting documentation to the head of the department for evaluation, and;

  3. The applicant must secure a letter of verification from the chief administrator of the employing agency attesting to the information contained in the applicant’s résumé and supporting documentation, regarding the prerequisites and criteria required by this policy, and;

  4. The applicant must pay all fees required by the college.

No credit by résumé is applicable until the applicant has earned an equivalent number of hours at Wharton County Junior College.

Credit for the following courses may be awarded by résumé under the work/life experience policy:

   CJSA 2288 Internship I
   CJSA 2289 Internship II
   CJLE 1506 Basic Peace Officer Course I
   CJLE 1512 Basic Peace Officer Course II
   CJLE 1518 Basic Peace Officer Course III
   CJLE 1524 Basic Peace Officer Course IV

These classes are courses required for graduation with an Associate in Applied Science degree from Wharton County Junior College.

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