Program Information

Do you desire to make the world a better and safer place? Do you believe in justice and protection? If so, studying criminal justice at San Jacinto College is an excellent place to begin.

Our program prepares you for a variety of exciting and meaningful careers—law enforcement, emergency management, homeland security, corrections, probation, parole, and even social work. We offer a degree plan that prepares you for a career in criminal justice—one of the most popular, fascinating, and fastest growing fields. Choose this path, and you will be serving society with a chance to make the world a better place.

The San Jacinto College criminal justice program:

  • Offers students a career that gives back to their community. When you study criminal justice at San Jacinto College, you are supporting safety as you train to serve as a professional in the criminal justice field;
  • Prepares students to specialize in studies for their long-term goals that can lead to rewarding careers in social work, the FBI, pre-law, homeland security, and emergency management; and
  • Is best for those individuals who want to pursue a challenging career in a criminal justice profession. Criminal justice is today’s new liberal arts degree.

Additional Information

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree offers the educational foundation needed in policing, social work, corrections, probation and parole. In addition, there are certificates that focus on educational direction and are centered around professional fields.

Upon proof of completion of a basic academy by having successfully passed the state’s licensing exam, San Jacinto College will articulate 18.0 WECM semester hours upon completion of six hours of criminal justice courses in residency at San Jacinto College for working police officers based upon proof of having successfully passed the state’s licensing exam. San Jacinto College exempts licensed Texas peace officers, who are employed as full-time officers, from tuition on criminal justice courses.

Career Opportunities

  • Police Officers
  • Parole Officers
  • Probation Officers
  • Adult Protective Service Officers
  • Child Protective Service Officers
  • Social Workers
  • Pre-law
  • Emergency Management
  • Homeland Security
  • FBI

Earning Potential

Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office dispatcher: $16.06 per hour1

Brazoria County Sheriff’s Office detention deputy: $18.05 per hour1

Harris County detention officer: $35,071 to $50,132 per year2

Pasadena Police Department patrol officer starting salary:$55,680 per year3

Rosenberg Police Department police officer starting salary: $24.55 - $29.45 per hour4

Webster Police Department police officer cadet starting salary: $22.08 per hour ($45,926 per year)5

Webster Police Department police officer starting salary: $24.28 per hour ($50,519 per year) and $24.89 per hour ($51,781 per year) after six months probationary period.5

For more information, please contact Central campus, 281-476-1873; or North campus, 281-998-6150, x7435.


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