May 18, 2024  
2024-2025 College Catalog & Student Handbook 
    
2024-2025 College Catalog & Student Handbook

Criminal Justice Technology (CRJS), A.A.S.


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The Criminal Justice Technology Associate Degree in Applied Science program seeks to develop an understanding of the causes and the prevention of crime, impacts of human behavior, the legal system, and the organization and conduct of criminal justice functions. The curriculum provides essential knowledge of the functions and prevalent problems of criminal justice agencies and the organizational, legal, and social context within which they operate. The program meets the needs of in-service students who seek to improve their professional qualifications and of those students who are preparing for employment with criminal justice agencies.

Career opportunities include employment with municipal, county, and state law enforcement agencies and court systems; industrial/retail security; social service agencies; juvenile justice; and correctional agencies. In addition, Central Carolina Criminal Justice Technology courses may be used for recertification credit with the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

Courses in this program are offered during the day, evening, and through distance education. Once admitted, students must earn a grade of “C” or higher in each major course.

Specific/Special Admission Information

Students should be aware that many positions in the Criminal Justice field require no previous criminal convictions (i.e. , DUI, bad check convictions, open container convictions, excessive traffic convictions, etc.). A favorable credit history may also be required as a requirement for employment.

General Education Core Courses


Total Credit Hours: 15


Following is a list of courses required to complete this program. Since some courses are offered once a year, courses should be taken in the following sequence in order to complete the program in a timely manner:

Full-Time Schedule


First Year


Total Credit Hours: 15

Spring Semester


Total Credit Hours: 15

Summer Semester


Total Credit Hours: 6

Second Year


Fall Semester


Total Credit Hours: 15/16

Total Credit Hours: 12

Part-Time Schedule


First Year


Total Credit Hours: 9

Spring Semester


Total Credit Hours: 9

Summer Semester


Total Credit Hours: 6

Second Year


Total Credit Hours: 9

Spring Semester


Total Credit Hours: 9

Summer Semester


Total Credit Hours: 6

Third Year


Fall Semester


Spring Semester


In the final semester of the program, students should continue their program pathway by taking the following courses:

63/64 Semester Hours


This program is aligned with the following career cluster: Law, Public Service, and Corrections & Security.

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