Texas Community Colleges

Criminal Justice

Program Overview

Do you desire to make your community a better place? If so, a degree in Criminal Justice from Western Texas College offers many opportunities to use your skills for the greater good.

Program Highlights 

  • WTC designed the Criminal Justice Program to have a real-world perspective. 
  • Faculty use their real-life work experience to enhance the instructional curriculum.
  • Work-based credit: If you have completed basic police or corrections academy training, you may be eligible to receive college credit toward your Criminal Justice degree. 

Degree and Certificates Offered 

The Criminal Justice Program offers the Associate of Applied Science Degree (2 years) and two certificate options.

  • Criminal Justice Certificate (1-year)
  • Security/Loss Prevention Specialist Certificate (1-year)* 

Career Opportunities & Outlook 

WTC prepares graduates for entry-level jobs in many Criminal Justice fields, including:

  • Corrections
  • Investigation
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Law Enforcement
  • Probation/Parole
  • Security and Loss Prevention. 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, most positions will see growth through 2030, including police and detectives (7%), probation and correctional treatment specialists (4%), and security (15%)

Download the White Paper or see the Course Catalog for more information.

Are you ready to begin your career in Criminal Justice? Start by completing the Steps to Apply.

Gainful Employment Information

Contact Us

Are you interested in the Criminal Justice program at WTC?
Contact Shawn Fonville for more information.

Shawn Fonville
Dean of Career & Technical Education
Building 15 Room 108


*Pending approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.


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