Criminal Justice (A.A.S.)

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.

Required Courses

Courses Credit Hours
ENG 101 English Composition I 3.0
ENG 165 Professional Communications I
or ENG 102 English Composition II
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3.0
PSY 201 General Psychology 3.0
  Elective Humanities 3.0
Subtotal 15.0
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3.0
CRJ 115 Criminal Law I 3.0
CRJ 120 Constitutional Law 3.0
CRJ 125 Criminology 3.0
CRJ 140 Criminal Justice Report Writing 3.0
CRJ 145 Juvenile Delinquency 3.0
CRJ 220 The Judicial Process 3.0
CRJ 222 Ethics in Criminal Justice 3.0
CRJ 224 Police Community Relations 3.0
CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence 3.0
CRJ 242 Correctional Systems 3.0
CRJ 250 Criminal Justice Internship I 3.0
Subtotal 36.0
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3.0
  Approved Elective* 3.0
  Approved Elective* 3.0
Subtotal   12.0
Total Credit Hours 63.0


Updated 3/23/2017

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

Program notes

Students may begin the Criminal Justice program during fall, spring or summer term. This program can be completed on a part time or full time basis.

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 Jail.

Students are required to have an acceptable background check

Notes about individual classes

Two English courses are required for the program, to be chosen from English 165, 101, or 102.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores: ENG 032/012 and/or RDG 032/012 (or RWR 032/012) > ENG 100 and/or RDG 100 (or RWR 100) > ENG 165 or ENG 101.  ENG 101 and ENG 102 are more likely to transfer, so ENG 102 can be substituted for ENG 165 if the student is considering pursuing a four-year degree in the future.

The math required for this program is MAT 155.  Students will follow this progression, with their starting point being determined by their placement test scores:  MAT 032/012 > MAT 155.

Developmental or transitional classes should be scheduled around program classes, and program classes should be taken as they appear in the Semester-by-semester graduation plan (see below).

You may be able to receive exemption credit for classes taken at the SC Criminal Justice Academy.

Graduation Plans

2018-2019 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Criminal Justice (CRJ3) - Fall Start
Criminal Justice (CRJ3) - Spring Start
Criminal Justice (CRJ3) - Summer Start

2019-2020, 2020-2021 Semester-by-Semester Graduation Plans

Criminal Justice (CRJ3) - Fall Start
Criminal Justice (CRJ3) - Spring Start
Criminal Justice (CRJ3) - Summer Start


You can find the name of your assigned academic advisor by reviewing Degree Works or your Class Schedule. To learn more about advising visit the Advising webpage.

John Sloan is the Program Director of the Criminal Justice program.

Please e-mail to submit advising information updates and corrections.

Advisement Information updated/reviewed 4/2020