Program Overview

Eastfield College offers an online Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice ideal for those with criminal justice backgrounds or recent high school graduates interested in gaining employment in law enforcement, corrections, probation and parole, or private security.  Students must meet required Texas Success Initiative (TSI) standards as well as earn 25 percent of the college credits through the college awarding the degree.  If the student plans to transfer to a four-year institution they should consult an advisor to discover the requirements for transferability of the courses offered through Eastfield. 

The AAS in Criminal Justice is a 63- to 71-credit-hour program taught over five semesters of study.  First semester courses include: Fundamentals of Criminal Law, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Composition I, General Psychology, College Algebra, and Introductory Statistics.

The second semester courses are: Court Systems and Practices, Crime in America, Composition II, Introduction to Speech Communication or Fundamentals of Public Speaking, and Introduction to Sociology. 

In the third semester the student chooses two Criminal Justice elective courses. 

The fourth semester classes are: American Government, a Humanities/Fine Arts elective, and a Supporting course. 

The final semester culminates in: Introduction to Computers or Introduction to Computing, Business Computer Applications, Lifespan Growth and Development or Contemporary Social Issues or Psychology of Personality, Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice, and one Criminal Justice elective.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    High school graduate, IBD, or GED

    School Overview

    Eastfield College is a medium, public, two-year community college located in Mesquite, Texas. Eastfield College is a part of the overall Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD). Founded in 1970, Eastfield College wishes to provide excellent education and skill sets to advance students’ educational and career goals. Additionally, Eastfield College wishes to provide the surrounding community with the education and career options that are most needed.

    Eastfield College provides students with the opportunity to earn their associate degree as well as their post-secondary certificate. Eastfield has four schools including Arts & Communication, Career Technologies, STEM, and Social Sciences, as well as Continuing Education. 


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