People depend on law enforcement officers to protect their lives and property and to maintain order. Whether they’re state or federal agents, police or sheriff’s officers, or corrections officers, all law enforcement careers require a gift for understanding others, good critical thinking skills and a desire to serve the community.
If you excel in these areas, a criminal justice major may be right for you. The Criminal Justice associate degree program is designed to prepare professionally-educated and competent criminal justice practitioners for careers within the criminal justice system. During your studies, you’ll examine a broad spectrum of criminal justice concepts and theories, including criminology, ethics, law, evidence and procedure, corrections and juveniles. You’ll also complete an internship program designed to give you practical application exposure and an opportunity to interact with criminal justice professionals, offering you the opportunity to directly observe and experience connections between criminal justice theory and practice.
Graduates in this field may be required to ensure that laws are followed, protect the lives and property of community citizens and complete administrative and investigative reports.
Private Security Officer
Juvenile Court Officer
Social Services Agencies
For more information about careers, visit Career Onestop for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Piedmont Technical College's Career Tracks page for more in-depth information about this program.
Abbeville County Sheriff's Office
City of Greenwood Police Department
City of Newberry
Columbia Police Department
County of Greenwood - Solicitor
Department of Natural Resources
Greenville Police Department
Greenwood County Sheriff's Department
Greenwood Police Department
John de la Howe School
Laurens City Police Department
Laurens Sheriff's Department
Newberry County Sheriff's Department