Criminal Justice Field of Study:
Collin College is proud to offer a 15-hour certificate Field of Study (FOS) for dual credit students to complete. The completed classes in the FOS for Criminal Justice provides general academic courses and electives which enable students who intend to major in criminal justice or criminology to transfer these credits to a college or university which offers baccalaureate degrees in criminal justice or criminology. In order to allow students adequate time to complete the project, it is recommended districts encourage students to begin taking classes toward the FOS in 10th grade. Students planning to transfer will have a solid foundation upon which to build as they pursue further studies in criminal justice or criminology.
The FOS includes the five specified courses listed below. Students may also add an additional six credit hours of course work from the “Recommended Electives” which may be transferred by local agreement to the university or which may be required by the receiving university, as long as the additional course work does not duplicate content already covered in the other FOS courses.
OPTION: 3-Year Plan
Introduction to Criminal Justice*
Court Systems and Practices*
Fundamentals of Criminal Law*
(6 credit hours)
Correctional Systems and Practices*
Crime in America+
(6 credit hours)
Police Systems and Practices *
Juvenile Justice System+
Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement+
* = Required to complete 15 credit hours for certificate in Criminal Justice Field of Study
+ = Students must choose one 3 hour course to complete the remaining General Education Core requirements and recommended elective credit hours in addition to the Field of Study Certificate.
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
This course provides a historical and philosophical overview of the American criminal justice system, including the nature, extent, and impact of crime; criminal law; and justice agencies and processes. 3 credit hours.
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices
This course is a study of the court system as it applies to the structures, procedures, practices and sources of law in American courts, using federal and Texas statutes and case law. 3 credit hours.
CRIJ 1307 Crime in America
American crime problems in historical perspective, social and public policy factors affecting crime, impact and crime trends, social characteristics of specific crimes, and prevention of crime. 3 credit hours.
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law
This course is the study of criminal law including application of definitions, statutory elements, defenses and penalties using Texas statutes, the Model Penal Code, and case law. The course also analyzes the philosophical and historical development of criminal law and criminal culpability. 3 credit hours.
CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System
A study of the juvenile justice process to include specialized juvenile law, role of the juvenile law, role of the juvenile courts, role of police agencies, role of correctional agencies, and theories concerning delinquency. 3 credit hours.
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices
This course is a survey of institutional and non-institutional corrections. Emphasis will be placed on the organization and operation of correctional systems; treatment and rehabilitation; populations served; Constitutional issues; and current and future issues. 3 credit hours.
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation
Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation. 3 credit hours.
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
Police authority; responsibilities; constitutional constraints; laws of arrest, search, and seizure; and police liability. 3 credit hours.
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices
This course examines the establishment, role and function of police in a democratic society. It will focus on types of police agencies and their organizational structure, police-community interaction, police ethics, and use of authority. 3 credit hours.