Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice program at Guthrie is the ideal place for students interested in career areas related to law enforcement and the legal system. They will be able to explore a variety of avenues to find the college degree or plan career that will help them attain their goals. Sophomores and above can choose from courses in Law Enforcement, Courts Systems, Forensic Science and Security Services to prepare them for successful internships and college-level course work, a requirement for any level of Law Enforcement.

Criminal Justice students become well-versed in the laws of the United States and Texas and how careers such as police officer, attorney, probation officer, forensic scientist and crime scene investigator apply these laws in their daily work routine.

Students with a calling to serve others, ability to keep a cool head under pressure, desire to study law, protect our rights and freedoms or focus in forensic areas of science will find interest and success in the Guthrie Criminal Justice classes. Forensic Science is a state approved advanced science class.


  • Court Systems and Practices | Pre-Law

    “Order in the Court!” This class is an overview of the federal and state court systems with emphasis on Constitutional law for criminal procedures, as well as civil law. Preparation and delivery of both prosecution and defense legal strategies are explored in a classroom and courtroom environment.

    Grades: 10-12

    Articulated College Credit: available through HCC

  • Forensic Science 

    (State Approved Advanced Science Course)

    Connect science to law and find out what it takes to solve crimes. If you like watching CSI and other true crime shows, then this course is for you. Find out what science can and cannot do in crime fighting. Is it real or just TV?  You might be surprised! 

    Recommended Prerequisite: Law Enforcement 1

    Prerequisites: Biology and Chemistry 

    Grades: 11-12

    Articulated College Credit: available through HCC

  • Law Enforcement 

    What is the “Thin Blue Line”?  Explore the history, organization, and function of local, state, and federal law enforcement. Explore Constitutional law, the US legal system, criminal law, law enforcement terminology and methods, and the classification and elements of crimes.

    Grades: 10-12

    Articulated College Credit: available through HCC

  • Law Enforcement 2 

    If you liked Law Enforcement 1 and Forensics, you can dig deeper into the daily aspects of policing. What does it really mean to protect & serve? Law Enforcement 2 goes deeper into career choices in law enforcement and looks at the day to day challenges faced in protecting and serving people.  This course includes the ethical and legal responsibilities, operation of police and emergency telecommunication equipment, and courtroom testimony.

    Prerequisites: Successful completion of Law Enforcement 1 

    Grades: 11-12

    Technical Certification Attainable: Texas Emergency Dispatchers Certification

  • Legal Research And Writing

    Interested in what happens in the legal field. This course is designed to introduce students to the methods and tools used to conduct legal research to include LexisNexis, learn how to develop and frame legal arguments, produce legal writings such as briefs, memorandums, and other legal documents, study American Constitutional law, and prepare for appellate arguments.

    Grades: 11-12