Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice curriculum is designed for students who plan to pursue a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. The curriculum requires coursework in basic criminal justice principles and concepts and allows students to complete the degree plan. The degree plan follows the field-of-study curriculum prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature of crime and law and the workings of the criminal justice system’s major components.
  • Analyze criminal justice policy to assess alternative responses to crime and quantitative applications.
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify, analyze, compare, and contrast the philosophy and function of the role of law enforcement in American society.

Critical Thinking Skills: Creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information, using technology as appropriate.

Communication Skills: Effective development, interpretation, and expression of ideas through written, oral, and visual communication.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions.

Teamwork: Ability to be flexible and to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others, taking the initiative when appropriate, to support a shared purpose or goal.

Social Responsibility: Intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Personal Responsibility: A strong work ethic and the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.

Career Information

An Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice opens opportunities in Policing, Forensics, Emergency and Social Services, Homeland Security, Private Security, Bailiff, Probation Officer, Game Warden, Non-Profit Organizations.


Recommended Program of Study: Certificate
course title sch
First Semester
ENGL 1301 Composition I  
HIST 1301 United States History I  
BCIS 1305 Business Computer Applications  
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods  
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice  
EDUC 1100 Learning Frameworks  
Second Semester
ENGL 1302 Composition II  
HIST 1302 United States History II  
SPCH 1315 Public Speaking  
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices  
SOCI 1301 OR PSYC 2301 Sociology OR General Psychology  
Third Semester
GOVT 2305 Federal Government  
PHIL 1301 Introduction to Philosophy  
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law  
* Creative Arts  
* Life & Physical Sciences Lec & Lab  
Fourth Semester
GOVT 2306 Texas Government  
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices  
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices  
* Life & Physical Sciences Lec& Lab  


Lamar University

A student completing the LSCPA curriculum is considered Core Complete.

No more than 60-66 semester credit hours (SCH)from LSCPA will be applied to a Bachelor degreeat Lamar University.

An additional 60 SCH or more must be completed to satisfy the bachelor degree requirements.


LSCPA's Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is provided in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f), 34 CFR 668.46).


Associate of Arts


Steven J. Zani
Chair of General Education and Developmental Studies

Education Annex Building, Office 133


Two-Year Program

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