• Criminal Justice

    Associate in Arts Degree

    Available at: West Campus, Online
    Del Mar College uses the Texas Common Application.
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    Program Overview

    Criminal Justice includes three distinct systems: Law Enforcement, the Courts, and Corrections. Law Enforcement involves protection of the people and their property and apprehension of criminal violators, as well as a wide variety of community services to assure a high quality of life in the community.

    The Court System involves the adjudication of criminal law violators by judges and advocates for the defense as well as the federal, state, and local governments.

    Corrections involves the jails and prisons at all levels of government, probation systems in lieu of imprisonment, and parole as a form of aftercare following prison sentences.

    All three components are cooperatively involved with the Juvenile Justice System which provides for the care of, and adjudication for, children until they reach adulthood.

    The purpose of the Criminal Justice program at Del Mar College is twofold: (1) to offer educational opportunities to the student who intends to seek employment in the fields of criminal justice or knowledge about the systems; (2) to offer the transfer student the equivalent of the first two years in a bachelor’s degree program at a university. The program is not to be confused with academies where individuals learn the necessary skills for employment. Criminal Justice Education is a social science academic discipline.


  • Contact Information

    Public Safety Education
    101 Baldwin Blvd.
    Corpus Christi, TX 78404
    (361) 698-1724

    West Campus: 4101 Old Brownsville Road, Public Safety Complex
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