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.
Length of Program: Four (4) Semesters
• 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.
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.
1: General Education Courses (31 hours)
|Area I: Language Arts/Communications (6 Hours)||6|
|ENGL 1101 Composition and Rhetoric||3|
|ENGL 1102 Literature and Composition||3|
|Area II: Social/Behavioral Sciences (12 hours)||12|
|POLS 1101 American Government||3|
|One Natural Science Course and Lab|
|And one additional course from Area I, II, III, or IV (3 Hours)(as approved by program advisor)||3|
|Two Social Sciences Courses (6 hours)|
3: Occupational Courses (33 hours)
|COMP 1000 Intro to Computer Literacy||3|
|CRJU 1010 Intro to Criminal Justice||3|
|CRJU 1030 Corrections||3|
|CRJU 1040 Principles of Law Enforcement||3|
|CRJU 1068 Criminal Law for Criminal Just||3|
|CRJU 1400 Ethic&Cultural Persp-Crim Just||3|
|CRJU 2050 Criminal Procedure||3|
|CRJU 2060 Criminology||3|
|CRJU 2070 Juvenile Justice||3|
|And one of the following (3 Hours)||6|
|CRJU 2090 Criminal Justice Practicum||3|
|CRJU 2100 Criminal Justice Intern/Extern||3|
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The information in this College Catalog and Student Handbook accurately reflects current policies and procedures at the time of publication. Students are admitted to the College under and are subject to the provisions of the SRTC Catalog and Student Handbooks for the term they initially enroll. Students in all programs are admitted under and are subject to the provisions of the College Catalog and Student Handbook and applicable addendums for the term they are admitted to the program at Southern Regional Technical College. If for any reason, a break in enrollment occurs, students must reapply and satisfy the College Catalog and Student Handbook requirements for the term of their re-entry to any program. The provisions of this catalog are not to be regarded as an irrevocable contract between Southern Regional Technical College and the student. The College reserves the right to change any provision or requirement at any time.
Southern Regional Technical College. (2017). 2017-2018 College Catalog and Student Handbook
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