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A.A.S., Major in Criminal Justice

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The Associate in Applied Science with a major in Criminal Justice program is designed to prepare professionally-educated and competent criminal justice practitioners for careers within the criminal justice system.

Generally, three groups of students are served: individuals seeking employment in public or private agencies upon completion of the two-year degree; practitioners furthering their education for personal fulfillment or professional advancement; and those intending to pursue advanced studies in criminal justice, criminology or sociology at four-year institutions.

The program examines a broad spectrum of criminal justice concepts and theories, including criminology, ethics, law, evidence and procedure, corrections, juveniles, as well as general education courses. Near the end of the degree program, students will complete a criminal justice internship. The internship program is designed to give students practical application exposure and an opportunity to interact with criminal justice professionals. This internship allows students to directly observe and experience connections between criminal justice theory and practice. Students are required to have an acceptable background check. A criminal record could make you ineligible for enrollment or participation in a cooperative work experience creating an inability to graduate from the program.

Students may be eligible for transfer credit from professional training courses and other institutions of higher learning. For specific information and consideration of transfer credit, contact a criminal justice advisor and request an official copy of your transcript of coursework be sent to the college.

Program Location: Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Laurens County, McCormick, Newberry, Saluda

Scheduling Options: Day or Evening

Contact Information: Joshua Lindsay

 

Required Courses

Additional Program Information

Day Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
CRJ 222 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications I
or ENG 101 English Composition I
3.0
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
CRJ 125 Criminology 3.0
CRJ 140 Criminal Justice Report Writing 3.0
CRJ 242 Correctional Systems 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I
or ENG 102 English Composition II
3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
  Approved Elective* 3.0
  Approved Elective* 3.0
   
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
CRJ 145 Juvenile Delinquency 3.0
CRJ 220 The Judicial Process 3.0
HUS 230 Interviewing Techniques
or SPC 205 Public Speaking
3.0
CRJ 224 Police Community Relations 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence 3.0
CRJ 250 Criminal Justice Internship I 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I 4.0
  Elective Humanities 3.0
Total Credit Hours: 64.0
 

* CRJ, ECD, HUS, PSC, PSY, or SOC.

Evening Program

FIRST SEMESTER Credit Hours
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3.0
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
CRJ 222 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications I
or ENG 101 English Composition I
3.0
   
SECOND SEMESTER Credit Hours
CRJ 140 Criminal Justice Report Writing 3.0
ENG 101 English Composition I
or ENG 102 English Composition II
3.0
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
CRJ 145 Juvenile Delinquency 3.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
  Approved Elective* 3.0
  Approved Elective* 3.0
   
THIRD SEMESTER Credit Hours
CRJ 125 Criminology 3.0
CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence 3.0
CRJ 242 Correctional Systems 3.0
CRJ 224 Police Community Relations 3.0
   
FOURTH SEMESTER Credit Hours
CRJ 220 The Judicial Process 3.0
HUS 230 Interviewing Techniques
or SPC 205 Public Speaking
3.0
  Elective Humanities 3.0/4.0
   
SUMMER TERM Credit Hours
PSY 201 General Psychology I 3.0
  Approved Elective* 3.0
  Approved Elective* 3.0
     
Total Credit Hours: 63.0/64.0
 

* CRJ, ECD, HUS, PSC, PSY, or SOC.

Updated 4/18/2012

 

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Purpose Statement – The mission of the CRJ program is to provide student with a thorough understanding of the function of criminal justice in society, including all aspects of law enforcement, court, and correctional systems. The curriculum provides students with a comprehensive foundation that focuses on these complex and interrelated systems as they are manifested in society by integrating theoretical and practical applications. By addressing the diverse and continually evolving skills essential to success in the profession, students are provided with educational opportunities that allow them the ability to achieve their individual, academic, and career goals while preparing them to meet the demanding challenges that exist in all branches of criminal justice.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

1.  Explain and identify the roles and responsibilities of the various criminal justice agencies in the US and the inter-relationship with other agencies and to the public.

2.  Demonstrate an understanding of the basic steps of statement analysis.

3.  Identify criminal acts, their elements, parties to offenses, and application to the criminal justice system.

4.  Demonstrate verbal communication skills needed to effectively interact with the public and offenders and/or written communication skills necessary to effectively convey information and prepare reports.

5.  Utilize appropriate technology when submitting reports, accessing and/or interpreting statistical, graphical, pictorial, and/or agency data.

6.  Exhibit and maintain behavior consistent with criminal justice duties and procedures as measured by self-evaluations and/or cooperative work experiences.

 

Advisement Information

  • Students may begin the Criminal Justice program during fall, spring or summer term.

  • PTC will accept some completed courses from the SC Criminal Justice Academy (on a case by case basis) and will give credit for CRJ 101 and CRJ 220 for successful completion of the Class I Basic Law Enforcement Officer training.

  • PTC will give credit for CRJ 242 for successful completion of the SCDC 5-week Class II Basic Law

  • Starting fall 2014, CPT 101 will use Office 2013.

  • All CPT 101 students will purchase a textbook that is packaged with an access code for mylabsplus, an online course management system.  All AOT and Business students taking CPT 172, CPT 274, AOT 165 and/or IST 281 will purchase a textbook for each class.  All textbooks are packaged with an access code.  Each access code is valid for 6 months from the date it is first used.

  • RDG 100 is a prerequisite for CPT 101. If a student needs developmental coursework the first semester, advise for CPT 141, if required, followed by CPT 101.

 

Advisement Information updated 10/18/2011