Public Service Technology

Homicide Investigation - Certificate

The Homicide Investigation certificate is designed to provide students with the general techniques, procedures, and practices of criminal investigation and, more specifically, the specialized knowledge and skills required to successfully investigate violent crimes, including homicide. This certificate is specifically designed for students who are currently in law enforcement, or who are planning to seek a position in law enforcement and advance to the position of criminal investigator. It is intended for those students who have completed the A.A.S. in Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Crime Scene Investigations (CSI), or a similar program at a regionally accredited senior institution, or in-service law enforcement officers with the permission of the Department Chair.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Dan Wysong (843) 349-5326

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Career Outlook

The scientific advancements in techniques, procedures, processes, and equipment in criminal investigations and the need for specialized knowledge and skills to successfully investigate violent crimes, including homicide, has created a demand for highly educated and trained employees.

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.

For more information about gainful employment, visit: http://www.hgtc.edu/righttoknow.

Criminal Justice (CRJ) courses are major restricted; students must be accepted to the Homicide Investigation certificate program with a major code of HMI7 to enroll in CRJ courses required for the Homicide Investigation (HMI7) certificate. Prerequisite for HMI7 courses is CRJ 235 or permission of the Department Chair based on CSI practical/field experience.

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Prequisite for this certificate is CRJ 235 or permission of the Department Chair based on CSI practical/field experience
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
   
CRJ 141 Forensic & Investigative Report Writing 3
CRJ 200 Basic Development & Collection Techniques 3
CRJ 228 Homicide Investigation* 3
  TOTAL 9
Second Semester
   
CRJ 204 Advanced Crime Scene & Investigative Photography 3
CRJ 226 Advanced Bloodstain & Firearm Pattern Evidence Analysis* 3
CRJ 227 Collection and Preservation of Biological Evidence 3
  TOTAL 9
Third Semester
   
CRJ 199 X-Rays as an Investigative Tool and Evidence 3
CRJ 206 Advanced Techniques in Print Development and Collection 3
CRJ 217 Crime Scene Investigations for Major Incidents and Mass Crimes 3
  TOTAL 9
 

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS

27

*CRJ 226 and CRJ 228 have the additional prerequisite of CRJ 229.