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Criminal Justice

Starting your Criminal Justice career at Western Texas College opens many windows of opportunities for you to explore. Depending on the experience and levels of education you achieve, some of your opportunities for jobs might include:

  • Bailiff
  • Border Patrol
  • Compliance Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Court Reporter
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Criminal Justice Instructor
  • Criminologist
  • Detective
  • Digital Forensics Examiner
  • FBI Agent
  • Federal Air Marshal
  • Fingerprint Specialist
  • Forensic Accountant
  • Forensic Artist
  • Forensic Psychologist
  • Fraud Analyst
  • Information Security
  • Loss Control Specialist
  • Mediator
  • Paralegal
  • Parole Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Probation Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Sheriff or Deputy
  • State Trooper
  • U.S. Marshal
  • U.S. Postal Inspector


Western Texas College’s Criminal Justice program prepares students for professional and research careers in criminal justice, criminology, and related fields with an emphasis on criminal forensics.

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Students in the program can accomplish this goal by applying multidisciplinary and comparative social science to understand, predict, and explain crime, and contribute to the development of public policy within urban communities.

At WTC, students utilize Project Based Learning (PBL) as an active learning method to enhance their studies. Using a hands-on approach, students gain knowledge and skills by investigating and responding to a tangible, engaging and complex question, problem or challenge.

With PBL, the program seeks to develop its students intellectually and ethically, while providing them with a keen appreciation for the complexities of crime, and public and private efforts to make communities safer and ensure justice.

The Criminal Justice program offers both an Associates of Applied Science degree (A.A.S.) and a certificate. If you opt to earn an A.A.S. degree, you can choose from a forensic science track or a police department track.

The A.A.S. degree requires you to successfully complete 60 semester hours. The certificate option requires you to complete 18 semester hours.

The Criminal Justice courses can provide you with a strong foundation for your future career.

Courses offered at WTC include:

Criminal Investigation
Ethics in Criminal Justice
Use of Force
Death Investigation
Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement
Contemporary Issues in Criminal Justice
Introduction to Criminal Justice
Court Systems and Practices
Police Systems and Practices

For course descriptions, see the Course Catalog.

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

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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
Western Texas College
6200 College Avenue
Snyder, TX 79549