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Criminal Justice


Associate of Applied Science Degree

2007-2008 Catalog
The law enforcement emphasis includes elements of criminal law, police systems, court systems, criminal procedure, and criminal investigation.

Program Course #

Course Title

Sem Hrs.

Sem Taken


College (If not ACC)

CRIJ 1301

Introduction to Criminal Justice


CRIJ 1307

Crime in America


ENGL 1301

English Composition I


SOCI 1301

Introduction to Sociology


PSYC 2301

Introduction to Psychology


CRIJ 1310

Fundamentals of Criminal Law


CRIJ 1306

Court Systems and Practices


GOVT 2306

Texas State and Local Government


HIST 1301

United States History I


CRIJ 1313

Juvenile Justice System


CJSA 1348

Ethics in Criminal Justice


CRIJ 2323

Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement




HIST 1302

United States History II


GOVT 2305

United States Government


CRIJ 2314

Criminal Investigation


SPCH 1315

Fundamentals of Public Speaking


CRIJ 2328#

Police Systems and Practices


COSC 1301

Personal Computing


Humanities/Fine Arts1


Unrestricted Elective


1 Select from the appropriate section of the General Education Course List.

# Capstone course

Final approval of degree plan for graduation is provided by the Admissions Office. Application for graduation must be on file in the Admissions Office before the published deadline of the student’s final semester. The ACC Catalog contains important information about graduation.

CJSA 1348 ETHICS IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-3-0). A study of ethical thought and issues facing the criminal justice professional. Topics include constitutional ethics, codes of conduct, and standards of conduct. Skills: R
COSC 1301 PERSONAL COMPUTING (3-2-2). A hands-on course for the development of skills needed to use personal computer systems for business, individual, and educational applications. Learn word processing, database management, spreadsheet development, and how to use the operating system. Keyboarding skills are not required, but are helpful. May not be applied toward a CSC degree. Fee: $12 Skills: R
CRIJ 1301 INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL JUSTICE (3-3-0). History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined: its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; prosecution and defense; trial process; corrections. Skills: R
CRIJ 1306 COURT SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES (3-3-0). The judiciary in the criminal justice system; structure of American court system; prosecution; right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence and sentencing. Skills: R
CRIJ 1307 CRIME IN AMERICA (3-3-0). American crime problems in historical perspective; social and public policy factors affecting crime; impact and crime trends; social characteristics of specific crimes; prevention of crime. Skills: R
CRIJ 1310 FUNDAMENTALS OF CRIMINAL LAW (3-3-0). A study of the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using Texas statutes as illustrations; criminal responsibility. Skills: R
CRIJ 1313 JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM (3-3-0). 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. Skills: R
CRIJ 2314 CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION (3-3-0). Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; sources of information; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation. Skills: R
CRIJ 2323 LEGAL ASPECTS OF LAW ENFORCEMENT (3-3-0). Police authority; responsibilities; constitutional constraints; laws of arrest, search, and seizure; police liability. Skills: R
CRIJ 2328 POLICE SYSTEMS AND PRACTICES (3-3-0). The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues. Skills: R
ENGL 1301 ENGLISH COMPOSITION I (3-3-0). A study of the principles of composition with emphasis on language, the mechanics of writing, the types of discourse, and research and documentation. Skills: E
GOVT 2305 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT (3-3-0). This course is an introduction to United States national government. The course includes a framework for understanding United States government and politics and the constitutional basis for the processes, the institutions, and the policies of United States government and politics. The government department strongly recommends that students complete ENGL 1301 or the equivalent with a grade of C or higher prior to enrolling in GOVT 2305.

Minorities Specialization--This course views national government through the perspectives of its political cultures. Four groups are identified and studied: African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans, and Native Americans. Study of the United States Constitution and the institutions and processes of the United States government are an integral part of this course. However, students do not attend scheduled classes, but study a textbook and use web-based resources to complete assignments. Students must complete an online orientation during the first week of classes, take all exams in ACC testing centers, and maintain satisfactory progress in the course to remain enrolled. Students are required to have an Internet account to take this course. ACC does not provide Internet accounts.

Skills: E
GOVT 2306 TEXAS STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (3-3-0). This course is an introduction to Texas state and local government. The course includes a framework for understanding Texas government and politics and the constitutional basis for the processes, the institutions, and the policies of Texas government and politics. The government department strongly recommends that students complete ENGL 1301 or the equivalent with a grade of C or higher prior to enrolling in GOVT 2306.

Land Use Specialization--This course is an introduction to Texas state and local government with an emphasis on land use policy. The course includes the powers and practices of local governments in controlling land use. Topics include annexation, extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ), the legal issue of "takings," eminent domain, zoning, Municipal Utility Districts (MUDs), environmental impact considerations, subdivision ordinances, and deed restrictions. This course substitutes for GOVT 2306 for degree and graduation requirements.

Skills: E
HIST 1301 UNITED STATES HISTORY I (3-3-0). A study of the history of the United States to 1877. Skills: E
HIST 1302 UNITED STATES HISTORY II (3-3-0). A study of the history of the United States from 1877 to present. Skills: E
PSYC 2301 INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY (3-3-0). Survey of introductory topics such as learning, memory, sensation and perception, personality, life-span development, physiological basis of behavior, stress and health, psychological disorders, social psychology, and research methods. Additional topics such as language development, states of consciousness, and psychotherapy may also be included as determined by the instructor. The Honors course provides a more in-depth introduction to the science and profession of psychology with emphasis on developing oral and written communication skills as they relate to the analysis and discussion of research and controversial issues in psychology. Skills: E
SOCI 1301 INTRODUCTION TO SOCIOLOGY (3-3-0). Introduction to theoretical perspectives and research pertaining to society and to the relationship between society and the individual. Covers the basic elements of society, such as culture, social structure, social groups, social class, race, gender, social institutions, social processes, and social change. For the Honors course, there will be an in-depth examination of these topics and the underlying theories, with emphasis on developing oral and written communication skills. Skills: E
SPCH 1315 FUNDAMENTALS OF PUBLIC SPEAKING (3-3-0). A study of the basic principles and techniques for the research, composition, organization and delivery of speeches for various purposes. The course concentrates on practical experience in developing speaking and listening abilities. Skills: E

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