School of Business and Technology

Criminal Justice

Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice with Field of Study

Certificate: Criminal Justice Core Level 1 Certificate


Senate Bill 148 of the 75th Texas Legislature (1997) mandated field of study curricula. The fields of study curricula, along with core curricula, are intended to facilitate transferability of courses among Texas public colleges and universities. All public four-year institutions are required to accept Coordinating Board approved field of study courses in fulfillment of lower-division requirements for bachelor’s degrees in majors that correspond to the field of study. Core curriculum and field of study for Bachelor of Business Administration is designed for students seeking the BBA degree, including all specializations and concentrations. 

The field of study courses are designed to apply to the bachelor’s degree as deemed appropriate by the awarding institution. The field of study curriculum is furthermore intended to serve as a guide for community and technical colleges in structuring a transfer curriculum in criminal justice. Fields of study are valid when no course substitutions are made. The criminal justice program offers degree and certificate programs. The certificate program is for students who wish to gain a general limited background required for many entry level business-related positions. The criminal justice program trains students to understand the structure and function of the various programs, institutions, and services that comprise the American and Texas correctional and court systems and leads to target jobs in deep east Texas.

The criminal justice program at Angelina College has a partnership with Sam Houston State University (SHSU) to offer a 2+2=Bachelor’s degree opportunity. Students can complete their associate degree in 2 years at AC, then transfer seamlessly to SHSU to complete their final 2 years earning a bachelor’s degree. 

Recommended Course Sequence

Degree Pathway


  • Prerequisites to enter the program as a Level 1 certificate major include a high school diploma or GED. Entrance testing is not required. 
  • Students who do not have a high school diploma or GED may co-enroll as Level 1 certificate students and GED students through Adult Education and Literacy at Angelina College (936-633-4525). 
  • Students who have a high school diploma or GED may also enter the program as associate degree (AAS) students. TSI entrance scores are required.


Employers: Are you sponsoring an employee for training? Contact Lex Hernandez at to receive registration and general updates related to the criminal justice program at AC.

Students: Do you have questions about the program? Contact the Business and Technology Success Coach at Or, contact Monica Newberg, lead instructor, at

If you would like to meet with an instructor (optional), contact Kelli Kirkpatrick at or 936- 633-5447.        

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