Criminal Justice Technology

Associate Degree

About the Program

The Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare students for employment in the areas of law enforcement, correctional services, the courts, private security and juvenile services. The program covers a broad spectrum of criminal justice concepts and theories including police administration, criminal law, criminal evidence and procedures, correctional systems and criminology, as well as appropriate general education courses. The structure of the program is designed for those currently serving in the various professions related to the Criminal Justice field as well as those interested in pursuing a career in these fields. The Criminal Justice program is also offered for students who are planning to transfer to a four-year college.

Learning experiences for students in the Criminal Justice Technology program are provided in the classrooms on Airport and Beltline campuses as well as online. Introductory courses may also be taught at Batesburg-Leesville.

Service learning is an integral part of the Criminal Justice Curriculum. Students are required to observe various agencies and individuals encompassing all of the three core areas of criminal justice: law enforcement, courts and corrections. Students enrolled in CRJ 130: Police Administration are required to participate in a ride along program with a local police department or sheriff’s office. Court observation is a mandatory element of the CRJ 220: Judicial Process class. Students enrolled in CRJ 242: Correctional Systems must successfully shadow a detention officer or community corrections professional. For CRJ 115, Criminal Law students are required to interview a local or state politician on the inner dynamics of creating legislation. In addition to these mandatory requirements, students are encouraged to complete a 175 hour Criminal Justice internship for elective credit.


In order to complete the Criminal Justice Technology program, students must obtain a “C” or better in the 18 hours of required courses in the major. Also, 24 hours are required in general education courses and 24 hours of additional course requirements must be completed. This includes 15 hours of elective credits, of which 9 hours are to be selected from the list of approved electives found in the Criminal Justice Student Handbook. These electives allow students, along with their advisors, to tailor the program to particular needs.

NOTE: Criminal Justice Technology students cannot be certified as law enforcement officers until they reach the age of 21.


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IDClass TitleCH
PSC-201 American Government 3
PSC-215 State and Local Government 3
SOC-101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  Approved Electives 9
  General Electives 6
 Credit Hours24
 Total Credit Hours66
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