Criminal Justice

Program Summary

Hill College recognizes that criminal justice is one of America’s fastest-growing career fields. Hill’s qualified faculty and modern facilities ensure you are prepared to meet that demand. Our criminal justice program provides certificate and associate degree options offered at both the Hillsboro and Cleburne campuses. Additionally, you may choose from an associate of arts or an associate of applied science degree.

In the program, you can gain a successful foundation in areas such as law enforcement, corrections and drug and alcohol abuse counseling. Our curriculum offers you the theory and practical instruction necessary for students to be prepared for their chosen field. 


Criminal Justice
Associate of Applied Science
60 credit hours

Criminal Justice
Associate of Arts
60 credit hours

Criminal Justice 

Certificate of Completion
30 credit hours

Law Enforcement Peace Officer
Associate of Applied Science
60 credit hours

Law Enforcement:  Basic Peace Officer Academcy
Certificate of Completion
23 hours

For course requirements, click above on the Education Plan link(s). For more information, you may view the catalog online or visit the Hill College Student Success Center on the Hillsboro or Johnson County Campuses.


Program Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

Effectively articulate factual information orally and in writing as applied to criminal justice practice.

Apply a professional code of ethics in exercising discretion and problem solving.

Explain the history and function of the three components of the American criminal justice system: law enforcement, courts, and corrections.

Summarize the constitutional protections granted to individuals who come in contact with the criminal justice system.

Describe the historical developments that impact the nature and extent of crime in the United States, including the evolution of criminological theories associated with crime causation and prevention.

Explain the role of substantive and procedural law in the criminal justice process, including the major philosophies of punishment.

Kyle May
Program Coordinator
2112 Mayfield Parkway
Cleburne, TX 76033


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