Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Choose from one of the paths below:

Make the World a Safer Place

Everyone wants to see their communities become better and safer places, but there are rare individuals who dedicate their careers to making it happen. If you are one of these people, studying criminal justice at San Jacinto College is an excellent place to begin.

Join a Fast-Growing Field

Our certificate and associate’s degree programs will prepare you for a variety of exciting and meaningful careers – law enforcement, emergency management, homeland security, corrections, probation, parole and even social work. We also offer a transfer degree plan that prepares you for a variety of four-year programs, including pre-law. Criminal justice is one of the most popular and fastest growing fields today. Choose this path and you will be serving society in a way that can make the world a better place.

Career Opportunities

Depending on the degree level pursued, a pathway in criminal justice will lead to careers such as:

  • State Troopers
  • Local Police
  • Deputies
  • Park and Wildlife Police
  • U.S. Marshals
  • FBI Agents
  • ICE Agents/Border Control Agents
  • DEA Agents
  • ATF Agents
  • Emergency Management Coordinators
  • Bailiffs
  • Corrections Officers
  • Case Managers
  • Probation Officers
  • Parole Offices
  • Social Workers
  • Private Security
  • Private Investigators

Earning Potential

  • Police, state trooper and sheriff’s patrol officer $66,051*
  • Probation officer $44, 615*
  • Correctional Officer $42,515*
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation – Special Agent $62,000
  • Border Patrol and Customs Officer agent  $40,000
  • Transportation Security Administration officer  $40,000
  • Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms agent  $44,000
  • Harris County Protective Services investigator $44,000

*Source:, 2017 annual median salaries for the gulf coast region


Contact Information

Contact Info: 
Kay Richardson, Chair – Central Campus
Robyn Ring, Ph.D., Program Director - Central Campus
281 476-1873
John White, Faculty - Central Campus
Brianne Crumpler, Faculty - North Campus

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