2013-2014 College Credit Catalog: Award Plans
The Associate of Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice includes courses in the Arts & Sciences curriculum as well as a wide array of Criminal Justice courses designed to prepare the student for further attainment of their educational goals and/or employment within the Criminal Justice System.
In order to graduate and receive an endorsement to take the peace officer licensing examination students enrolled under the certificate plan titled "Texas Peace Officer Sequence" must successfully pass a comprehensive examination during the last semester of their program. This exam will be prepared in accordance with the guidelines of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and will serve as the “capstone experience” for the certificate. Students entering the Texas Peace Officer Certificate program must review, understand and comply with all current TCLEOSE requirements regarding education and eligibility mandates for endorsement (see TCLEOSE rule 217.1 and other important information at www.tcleose.state.tx.us).
Each degree plan is required by the THECB to contain a "capstone experience." Students satisfy this requirement for the AAS Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement degree plan by taking CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices and for the AAS Criminal Justice/ Corrections degree by taking CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices. Commissioned peace officers may be granted up to thirteen credit hours for completion of the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education Basic Peace Officer Course. Licensed county jail officers may obtain four credit hours provided they have completed the 80 contact hour TCLEOSE County Correctional Officer Course. Additionally, students that have attended a high school tech–prep program articulated with Austin Community College will be eligible to transfer approved courses to ACC. Students should contact the CRJ Program Coordinator to obtain information on how to receive these credits.