Criminal Justice Fundamentals (Certificate)

Program Description

The Criminal Justice Fundamentals technical certificate of credit 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 applications necessary for successful employment. Completion of this technical certificate of credit may permit students to pursue entry-level opportunities in the criminal justice field. Completion of the Criminal Justice Fundamentals technical certificate of credit 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: CJ71
  • Award Level: Technical Certificate of Credit
  • Location: Griffin and Flint River Campuses, Henry Center, GRCCA, and 100% Online
  • Program Entrance Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
  • Minimum Length of Program: 1 Term
  • Minimum Credit Hours for Graduation: 12

Admission Requirements

  • Submit completed application and application fee
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • High School Diploma or GED are NOT required
  • 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
CRJU 1010Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJU 1030Corrections3
CRJU 1040Principles of Law Enforcement3

Choose One: (Required)
COLL 1500College Success and Career Exploration OR3
COMP 1000Introduction to Computers3
Criminal Justice Fundamentals

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