Public Service Technology

Criminal JusticeCriminal Justice Technology- Associate in Applied Science

This program offers a well-rounded study of the criminal justice system, focusing on the legal issues and fundamental concepts and principles associated with law enforcement, the courts, corrections, and juvenile justice. It is designed for students who want to increase their employment potential, increase their advancement potential, or transfer into a senior institution that accepts HGTC criminal justice courses. The program concludes with an intensive capstone course in which students develop education portfolios based on previous coursework and a 135-hour internship involving activities that require the application of concepts taught throughout the program. 

For more information, contact:

Dr. Dan Wysong (843) 349-5326

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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 system.

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

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit www.sctrac.org for specific information. The transfer courses in this display should be regarded only as suggested courses. Each student is responsible for planning a program of study to meet the requirements of the senior college or university to which the student expects to transfer. Therefore, a student planning to transfer the first two years from HGTC to a senior college or university should visit www.hgtc.edu/academics/university_transfer.html or www.sctrac.org or obtain a copy of that institution’s catalog. For specific transfer opportunities, contact the department chair.

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • Criminal Background Check
Course Sequence and Progression Requirements
A minimum grade of “C” or better is required for all CRJ-prefixed courses for progression and graduation. Most Criminal Justice (CRJ) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.
 

Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall    
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 115 Criminal Law I 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3
or    
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra  
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
CRJ 120 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ 125 Criminology 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
CRJ 145 Juvenile Delinquency 3
CRJ 218 Crisis Intervention 3
CRJ 230 Criminal Investigation I 3
  TOTAL 9
Fourth Semester - Fall    
CRJ 130 Police Administration 3
CRJ 220 Judicial Process 3
HIS 201 American History to 1877 3
   or    
PSC 201 American Government   
SPA 101 Elementary Spanish 4
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
  TOTAL 16
Fifth Semester - Spring    
CRJ 224 Police Community Relations 3
CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ 242 Correctional Systems 3
CRJ 260 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
HIS History Elective* 3
  TOTAL 15
 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

69

*Approved History Elective courses: HIS 101, HIS 102, HIS 201, or HIS 202