Criminal Justice (Degree)

Program Description

The Criminal Justice Technology associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for criminal justice professions. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement. The program emphasizes a combination of criminal justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Criminal Justice Technology associate degree. Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential. Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the corrections, security, investigative, and police administration fields. Completion of the Criminal Justice Technology associate degree does not ensure certification of officer status in Georgia. Students must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council.

Program Details

  • Major Code: CJT3
  • Award Level: Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses, Henry Center, and 100% Online
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 5 Terms
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 60

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript with test scores and ALL post-secondary transcripts in an official sealed envelope
  • Meet assessment requirements

Public Safety Employment Awareness Statement

A criminal history will not hinder a student from receiving a certificate, diploma, or degree in a Public Safety program from Southern Crescent Technical College; however, a student with a criminal background may be denied employment in the public safety field.

The following is a suggested path to complete this program in a timely manner. An individual’s path to completion may be different based on institutional and personal factors affecting his/her academic progress.

Note: While all courses are offered, they may vary by term and campus. See the program advisor for any questions.

First Term
ENGL 1101Composition & Rhetoric (Required)3

Choose One: (Required)3
COLL 1500College Success and Career Exploration OR
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers

Natural Sciences/Mathematics Elective: Choose One: (Required)3
MATH 1111College Algebra OR
MATH 1100*Quantitative Skills and Reasoning OR
MATH 1101Mathematical Modeling OR
MATH 1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning

Social/Behavioral Sciences Elective: Choose One (Required)3
ECON 1101Principles of Economics OR
PSYC 1101Introductory Psychology OR
SOCI 1101Introduction to Sociology OR
POLS 1101American Government OR
HIST 2111US History I
Second Term
CRJU 1010Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU 1030Corrections3

Humanities/Fine Arts Elective: Choose One: (Required)
HUMN 1101Introduction to Humanities OR3
MUSC 1101Music Appreciation OR3
ARTS 1101Art Appreciation OR3
ENGL 2130American Literature OR3
THEA 1101Theater Appreciation3

GEN Core Elective:Choose one non-repetitive course from Area I, II, III, or IV (Core Courses Page)3
Third Term
CRJU 1040Principles of Law Enforcement3
CRJU 1068Criminal Law for Criminal Justice3
CRJU 1400Ethics and Cultural Perspectives for Criminal Justice3
CRJU 2050Criminal Procedure3
Fourth Term
CRJU 2020Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice3
CRJU 2070Juvenile Justice3

Choose One: (Required)3
CRJU 2090Criminal Justice Practicum OR
CRJU 2100Criminal Justice Externship

CRJU Elective(Choose from occupational electives below)3
Fifth Term
ElectivesOccupational Electives*12
Choose four (4) courses from occupational electives below, minimum 12 hours

Occupational Electives
CRJU 1021Private Security3
CRJU 1043Probation and Parole3
CRJU 1050Police Patrol Operations3
CRJU 1052Criminal Justice Administration3
CRJU 1054Police Officer Survival3
CRJU 1056Police Traffic Control & Investigation3
CRJU 1062Methods of Criminal Investigation3
CRJU 1063Crime Scene Processing3
CRJU 1065Community-Oriented Policing3
CRJU 1075Report Writing3
CRJU 2060Criminology3
CRJU 2110Homeland Security3
CRJU 2201Criminal Courts3
FOSC 1206Introduction to Forensic Science3
FOSC 2010Crime Scene Investigation I4
FOSC 2011Crime Scene Investigation II4
FOSC 2012Forensic Trace Evidence4
FOSC 2014Documentation & Report Preparation4
FOSC 2033Death Investigation3
FOSC 2035Forensic Photography4
FOSC 2037Victimology3
FOSC 2039Computer Forensics5
FOSC 2040Forensic Firearms and Toolmark Identification3
FOSC 2041Latent Print Examination4
FOSC 2150Case Preparation and Courtroom Testimony4

*Note: The 4 Occupational Electives (12 credit hours) chosen for 5th Term is in addition to the Occupational Elective in 4th Term. (The program requires 5 total Occupational Electives)

Criminal Justice Technology

Faculty Advisors

Rosanna Dove
Department Chair Public Safety
Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Office 9B Mobile 9

Michael Claman
Office 9C Mobile 9

Reginald Sutton
Office 9A Mobile 9

Jim Mitchell
Classroom 9C Mobile 9

Career and Academic Planning

Sharon Craft
Career Advisor
Griffin Campus
Room 107