Program Overview

Students who wish to get a head start on a four-year degree in Criminal Justice can do so with Amarillo College’s Associates of Science in Criminal Justice program. This degree is designed to cover the first 2 years of required courses in a criminal justice major for most 4 year universities. Students in this program will learn the core components of criminal justice such as using crime statistics, police procedures, court systems and the basics of criminal investigations. This degree can also be used for placement into entry-level criminal law related fields, including criminal research clerks and security positions. Students who wish to simply learn more about criminal law to enrich their personal growth can further their education with ease through Amarillo’s online learning program.

This course is available completely online through Amarillo’s distance learning program. Students are expected to complete a total of 66 credit hours; 42 of these credits cover general education requirements such as Communication, Behavioral Sciences, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Humanities, Fine Arts and Fitness. The additional 24 credits are the major core requirements. These include Introduction to Criminal Justice, Crime in America, Criminal Law, Correctional Systems, and Police Practices.

Amarillo College has a deep history in the criminal justice community. The school is home to the Panhandle Regional Law Enforcement Academy and has been training law enforcement officers since the 1970s. The school also hosts intervention programs and several criminal justice conferences and trainings each year. The criminal justice faculty at Amarillo are extremely experienced academic criminal law professionals who are well respected within their field.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    The Criminal Justice department is an approved provider for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.

    School Overview

    In 1929, Amarillo College was founded as a junior college, independent of the local school district. By 1937, the college established its permanent campus on the Washington Street Campus in Amarillo, Texas. Through the twentieth century, curriculum expanded, adding vocational and allied health and occupational-technical programs. In addition, the college extended the physical campus to incorporate added locations including the West Campus, East Campus, Polk Street Campus, Moore County Campus, and the Hereford Campus. 

    Amarillo College awards Associate’s degrees and certificates, along with sponsoring career and technical education, continuing education, dual-credit coursework, personal enrichment classes, and distance learning. In addition to professional or technical degree programs, students can pursue an Associate’s degree in General Education, gaining a broader background that is especially useful for transfer into four-year institutions. The Continuing Education division sponsors professional and occupational classes and seminars that further enhances the skill sets of working professionals. Furthermore, personal enrichment programs support learning for both children and adults, and dual-credit allows high school students to earn college credits. Amarillo College’s distance education division provides both degree programs and distance learning classes.

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