Jarvis’ Criminal Justice Department Ranked #1 in Texas


[Dallas, TX – July 8th, 2015]

Press Release :

Jarvis Christian College is proud to announce that its Criminal Justice Program has been ranked one of the Top 50 Correctional Officer Programs in the country and the Top Ranked Corrections/Criminal Justice Program in the State of Texas (of 103 total programs analyzed), by website correctionalofficer.org,


The mission of the Jarvis Christian College Criminal Justice Department is to provide students with broad-based learning experiences in law enforcement and the American judicial system. By emphasizing the development of students’ analytical and critical thinking skills, the Criminal Justice Program prepares students for careers in law enforcement and the criminal justice system. Jarvis provides real world, experiential activities for students majoring in criminal justice to include site visits to law enforcement agencies, courthouses, graduate schools and law schools, and opportunities to interact with and shadow local law enforcement officials, court officials, and attorneys.


“Our faculty has the experience and credentials in the law enforcement arena to ensure that our students are well prepared for mid-level careers in law enforcement and are capable of making an immediate impact when hired into a new law enforcement position. Our faculty and college have established relationships with law enforcement professionals and law enforcement organizations that create invaluable opportunities for our students and, in addition, we offer pre-professional chapters on our campus, as well,” stated Calvin B. Lester, Jr., Lead Professor of Criminal Justice at Jarvis Christian College.


Nine (9) criminal justice majors were awarded degrees during this small college’s May 2015 commencement ceremony, representing 14 percent of the overall graduating class. In the past three years at Jarvis, there have been 34 criminal justice graduates. The College plans to expand and enhance the award-winning program in order to attract an even larger number of outstanding students seeking knowledge and preparation for entry into the Criminal Justice profession.

Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White
Cherie S. White is Director of Digital Strategy for the Tom Joyner Foundation, a writer and editor.