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Law Enforcement

General Technology - Associate in Applied Science Degree

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Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement

The General Technology - Law Enforcement is a terminal non-transfer associate in applied science degree specifically designed for certified Class 1 Law Enforcement officers, currently gainfully employed in South Carolina with a public law enforcement agency or department, who are seeking an associate degree for promotion or advancement within law enforcement.  

Currently employed for the purposes of admission into the General Technology - Law Enforcement Associate Degree means being hired and currently serving in good standing as a certified Class 1 police officer, deputy, or agent with a city, county, or State agency or department after being qualified, evaluated, and compensated for working a minimum of 30 clock hours a week as a stated certified Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer.

The potential student must submit a letter on agency or department stationary, signed by his(her) command level supervisor (i.e., Chief, Deputy Chief, Sheriff, Chief Deputy, or Agency Head), stating that the potential student is currently a Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer employed, as describe in the paragraph above, in good standing as a Class 1 Law Enforcement Officer with the employing agency or department originating the letter. The letter must be submitted to the Registrar and the Criminal Justice Program Chair in a sealed envelope. Should a student in the General Technology - Law Enforcement Associate Degree leave law enforcement employment as described above, that student would internally transfer from General Technology - Law Enforcement Associate Degree to the General Technology Associate Degree or any other associate degree of his(her) choosing; as long as he(she) meets the admission criteria of the new program. 

The program of study includes general education, criminal justice curriculum courses from Horry-Georgetown Technical College, and experiential credit for eligible training courses completed or accepted at the SC Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA).  Eligible training is defined as eligible training courses through the SCCJA or accepted by the SCCJA that are a minimum of 40 clock hours as evidenced by an official sealed transcript received by the Registrar's Office. Courses less than 40 clock hours do (will) not meet eligibility requirements for training accepted for the General Technology Law Enforcement Associate Degree. Experiential credit is awarded only for coursework that is documented on an official SCCJA transcript with total number of clock hours for the course and the grade earned. The SCCJA transcript must be submitted as an official sealed document from the SCCJA to the HGTC Registrar’s Office.

All external coursework must be submitted on official transcripts from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA), which will be evaluated by the Criminal Justice Program Chair to determine award of experiential credit. Based on a review of SCCJA transcript by the Academic Chair of the Criminal Justice Program, any training meeting the minimum of 40 clock hours with appropriate assessment and attendance, will be accepted as curriculum credit equivalent to three (3) semester hours of law enforcement elective.

Other criminal justice curriculum credit courses offered through the Criminal Justice Program may be used to complete or fulfill the remaining primary technical program requirements. Students must complete a minimum of 25% of program requirements through HGTC for eligibility for graduation. The General Technology - Law Enforcement Associate Degree requires a secondary specialty area, which must be different from the primary specialist such as Crime Scene Investigation, Homeland Security, General Business, and Paralegal. Based on the review of the official SCCJA transcript by the Criminal Justice Department Chair, eligible students will develop an individualized plan with a Criminal Justice Advisor. The individualized plan or program of study will include all experiential credit awarded based on the SCCJA transcript, general education required or completed, and necessary criminal justice or other courses required to complete both the primary or secondary specialty areas. All associate degree level courses to be completed at HGTC for application to the General Technology - Law Enforcement must be approved by the Criminal Justice Advisor and Department Chair. All courses to be accepted towards graduation must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

The student and a criminal justice academic advisor will develop an individualized program of study based on experiential credit awarded, the remaining courses needed and available through semester program offerings at HGTC.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Dan Wysong - (843) 349-5326

Career Outlook

The field of criminal justice, whether law enforcement, the courts, corrections, or juvenile justice, involves ever-expanding areas for career opportunities. The need for highly skilled and educated employees will continue, especially with rapidly advancing fields of law enforcement, criminal investigations, and crime scene investigations. There will also be a need for dedicated men and women in the diverse areas that comprise the criminal justice
For more information about careers, visit O*Net Online for an overview of South Carolina and National earnings statistics, and Horry Georgetown Technical College's Career Resource Center for more employment, career, and professional development resources.

Employers of HGTC Alumni Include:

  • Andrews Police Department
  • Aynor Police Department
  • Conway Police Department
  • Georgetown Sheriff's Office
  • Horry County Police Department
  • Horry County Sheriff's Office
  • Myrtle Beach Police Department
  • Mullins Police Department
  • North Myrtle Beach Police Department
  • South Carolina Highway Patrol