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Associate of Science Degree

Program Description: The Criminal Justice associate of science 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 associate of science 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 associate of science 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.

Student Learning Outcomes:
• Students will illustrate the typical employment process for a peace officer in Georgia including the requirements for peace officer certification.
• Students will evaluate common administrative and philosophical challenges encountered by criminal justice agencies.

Program Offered at the Following Sites: Cairo, Moultrie-Veterans Parkway, Thomasville, Tifton

Length of Program: Four (4) Semesters

Cost of Program: Click Here.

Entrance Dates: Beginning of each semester.

Entrance Requirements: Refer to Admissions criteria. Click for Entrance Score Requirements.

Age: Applicant must be 16 years of age or older.

Education: An applicant must be a high school graduate or the equivalent (GED). College transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Advisor: A Program Advisor should be consulted prior to enrolling in any course. An advisor will be assigned by admissions.

Note: Students who intend to become certified as a Criminal Justice Practitioner should understand that according to the Georgia Peace Officer and Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) Council, each applicant "shall not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of any crime the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in the federal or state prison or institution nor have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of disregard for the law, provided that, for purposes of this paragraph, violations of traffic laws and other offenses involving the operation of motor vehicles when the applicant has received a pardon shall not be considered." This means that the Council will require a thorough Criminal and Traffic History be completed to include but not limited to: a Certified Driver’s History, a Georgia Crime Information Center, and a National Crime Information Center printout.

The P.O.S.T. Council also has other requirements for certification. See program advisor for this additional information.

Additional Requirements: A Criminal background check and drug toxicology may be required for Internship/Externship and/or Employer. Results will affect employment options and will need to be discussed with advisor.

Program Final Exit Point: Criminal Justice, Associate of Science.

Credits Required for Graduation: 67 minimum semester hour credits required for graduation.

Students with Basic Peace Officer Certification and/or Basic Correctional Officer Certification may be eligible for prior learning credit. This will be addressed on an individual basis if requested by the student. Refer to the Advanced Placement Credit section of the handbook.


Credit Hours

1. General Core Courses 31
Area I: Language Arts/Communication 6
Required Course(s):
ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric
ENGL 1102 Literature and Composition
Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences 12
Required Course(s):
POLS 1101 American Government 3
One History Course
Area III: Natural Sciences/Mathematics 7
Required Course(s):
One Mathematics Course
One Natural Science Course and Lab
Area IV: Humanities/Fine Arts 3
And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (3 Hours)(as approved by program advisor) 3
General Education courses and electives for the Associate Level can be found on this page.
2. Institutional Credit (3 hours)
COLL 1500 Student Success
and one of the following (3 hours)
CRJU 2090 Criminal Justice Practicum 3
CRJU 2100 Criminal Justice Externship 3
Day, Rusty
Criminal Justice Technology Faculty
School of Professional Services
O: (229) 391-2649
Ewell, Fredrick
Criminal Justice Technology Faculty
Professional Services
O: (229) 378-2907
Murray, Karen
Criminal Justice Technology Faculty
Professional Services
O: (229) 227-2542
Rakestraw, Tara
Criminal Justice Technology Program Chair
School of Professional Services
Moultrie Veterans Parkway
O: (229) 217-4171