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Community College Transfer Guide



The purpose of this transfer guide is to show students that their entire Associate of Art (A.A.), Associate of Science (A.S.), or Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree with a major in Criminal Justice will transfer to UH/D. There is no need to leave your program before completion for fear of losing hours. All you need to do is pay attention to the materials presented below in order to transfer all of your credit hours.


What Degree Are You Pursuing?

Many students do not know in what Associate degree program they are enrolled. The college transfer degrees are the Associate of Arts (A.A.) or the Associate of Science (A.S.). Non-college transfer degrees include the Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree and certificate programs. If you don't know which one you are in, then find out. The particular program you are in can make a big difference in the transferability of your hours to a four-year school.


General Education Core

State law mandates that students who start in the Fall Semester, 1999, enrolled in an A.A. or A.S. Degree program and completes the General Education requirements at a Community College, UHD must accept that entire General Education Core. Additionally, students will not need to take any extra General Education Core courses at UHD. However, it is significant that you recognize that you need to be enrolled in a college transfer degree program to qualify. These include the A.A and A.S. degrees. It is important to note that the General Education Core at the Community College will transfer in total (without losing any hours).

Students who have an associate degree when they transfer to UHD are more likely to graduate with a bachelor's degree than those who do not complete their degree requirements. We have a very high graduation rate with Criminal Justice majors when they transfer to us with an A.A. or A.S. degree.


Those students who are enrolled in the Associate of Applied Science Degree program (A.A.S.) are not included in the mandated General Education Core transfer requirements and will have to meet the General Education requirements of the UHD. That is because the A.A.S. is not a college transfer degree.


You are encouraged to talk to your degree program coordinator and/or your academic counselor for information on your program and its transferability to UHD.


Field of Study (Criminal Justice): 

Students who wish to pursue a Baccalaureate in Criminal Justice can transfer twenty-one hours of Criminal Justice courses into the CJ major at UHD. It is important that those hours come from the following listing.



CRIJ 1301 Introduction to CJ
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law
CRIJ 2313 Correctional Systems and Practices
CRIJ 2328 Police Systems and Practices


Choose any two of the following:

CRIJ 1307 Crime in America 
CRIJ 1313 Juvenile Justice System 
CRIJ 2301 Community Resources in Corrections
CRIJ 2314 Criminal Investigation 
CRIJ 2323 Legal Aspects of Law Enforcement


Only those Criminal Justice courses above that use the CRIJ prefix are eligible for college credit. Courses that use the rubrics of CJLE, CJCR, and CJSA will not be transcribed as college credit.

The following is a list of the transfer courses offered at the Community Colleges and their UHD equivalents. You will receive credit for the course even though you will not receive upper level credit for those taught as upper level courses at UHD. Don't repeat any of these courses for upper level credit as you can only receive credit for it once. They all count toward your degree. Pay attention to the information shown above and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to get the upper level requirement met without repeating them.


Community College Course Number
UH/D equivalent course number
CRIJ 1301
CJ 1301
CRIJ 2328
CJ 2301
CRIJ 1306
CJ 2302
CRIJ 2313
CJ 2303
CRIJ 1307
CJ Elective
CRIJ 1310
CJ 3304
CRIJ 1313
CJ 3308
CRIJ 2301
CJ 3313
CRIJ 2314
CJ 3302
CRIJ 2323
CJ 3305

Any additional Criminal Justice courses shown above and taken at the Community College will have to fit into the free electives portion of the degree plan.

Criminal Justice Course Descriptions


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Last updated or reviewed on 7/20/11

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