Criminal Justice

Program LengthFour semesters


Potential Salary Range$18,000 – $43,500


Police officers, detectives, guards, and correctional officers are employed to help safeguard lives and property. They enforce the laws and regulations that protect individuals’ safety and constitutional rights. The main goals is protection and service to the community.

Responsibilities range from controlling traffic to helping prevent crimes and investigating and arresting suspects. A few officers join specialized units that assist in crime fighting and apprehension of criminals.

Private police duties vary with the service provided by their employer. In airports, they help protect the safety of the traveling public and search for contraband. In retail stores, they often work undercover. In buildings and bands, guards help protect employees, merchandise and money.

Corrections officers provide direct supervision of incarcerated people while waiting trial. They help maintain order, enforce regulations, supervise programs, or work assignments, and help maintain the security and safety of other officers and detainees.

Probation and parole officers, case managers, and counselors assist offenders, either in the community or those that are incarcerated offenders, by identifying problem areas and developing plans of action to assist the person in sentencing assessments, and provide services for inmates, offenders, and their families.

The Criminal Justice Program at Navarro College is a two-year program designed to develop the fundamental skills, knowledge, attitudes and experiences which enable men and women to function as Criminal Justice professionals as law enforcement officers, correctional officers and a multitude of various optional occupations in the criminal justice field.


A.A. Criminal Justice
A.A.S. Criminal Justice
Asset Protection Loss Prevention Certificate
Criminal Justice Corrections Certificate


See the Navarro College Catalog for course listings:


Correctional Officers
Probation and Correctional Treatment Specialists
Private Detectives/Investigators
Police and Detectives
Texas Department of Criminal Justice


Criminal Justice Corrections Certificate (.pdf)
Law Enforcement Texas Peace Officer Certificate (.pdf)


Africana Criminal Justice Project
The Center of Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Covering Crime and Justice: A Guide for Journalist
Crimes Against Children Research Center
Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire
Female Victims of Violence, Bureau of Justice Statistics
Journal of Criminal Justice and Popular Culture
Mapping and Analysis for Public Safety (MAPS), National Institute of Justice
National Archive of Criminal Justice Data
National Center for Victims of Crime
National Center for Women and Policing
National Criminal Justice Reference Service
National Sexual Violence Resource Center
National White Collar Crime Center
Office on Violence against Women, U.S. Department of Justice
Racial Profiling Data Collection Resource Center at Northeastern University
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
The Sentencing Project
U. N. Office on Drugs and Crime
U. S. Drug Enforcement Administration
Bureau of Justice Statistics


Texas Department of Criminal Justice
U. S. Marshals Service
Federal Bureau of Investigation
United States Department of Justice
Criminal Justice Careers




Judy Cutting, Executive Dean
Bain Center, Room 101
Brad Richardson, Dean
Bain Center, Room 101


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**Tuition cost reflects a 15-credit hour semester for in-district students for the 2015-2016 academic year.
Cost does not include labs, fees, books, or supplies. Program costs are approximate and cost is subject to change.
Download the full Fall 2015 tuition chart here .