Criminal Justice (A.A.)

This isn’t CSI…it’s so much more.

If you’re looking for a career that allows you to make a difference in people’s lives and in society, criminology is a great choice. A degree in criminology or criminal justice allows you be an active participant in your community, and the world, and make a positive impact on those around you.

Criminology is the study of crime, including various topics such as victimology, constitutional law, criminal law and corrections. At Davis & Elkins College, you can pursue an associate’s degree in criminal justice, focusing on practical applications for those interested in obtaining a job in the field right way, or a bachelor’s degree in criminology, expanding on practical applications by incorporating theoretical study.

Small class sizes at D&E enable inspiring faculty to get to know your personal career interests and tailor your education. Through this one-on-one interaction, faculty develop a vested interest in your success and who you are as a person, allowing you to engage your passion.


As a student studying criminology at D&E, you will have many opportunities for experiential learning. Throughout your courses, you are taught how to write a police report, testify in court, secure a crime scene, collect evidence, write an affidavit and serve a search warrant. In addition to practical experience in the classroom, all students are required to participate in an internship. The internship opportunity allows you to learn what the job is about, network with people working in the field and develop job leads.

Whether you earn an associate’s degree in criminal justice or a bachelor’s degree in criminology from D&E, you’ll be prepared for success in a variety of positions. There are always career openings in this versatile field – law enforcement, social service organizations, federal government and much more. If you pursue a bachelor’s degree, you’ll also be prepared for graduate studies.

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Within the Division of Social Sciences, the Criminal Justice program has two dedicated multi-purpose rooms.

A small seminar room is equipped with a computer and comfortable office chairs. When not being used for a class it is open to students for study or as a lounging area. It has a refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker. A larger room is used as a classroom/counseling laboratory. It is equipped with comfortable furniture, a one-way mirror, video camera and monitors. When not in use for these purposes it is open to students as a lounge/study area. Faculty offices are adjacent to these rooms. This environment encourages students to interact with each other and with faculty in an informal manner, academically and socially.

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