Public Service Technology

Law Enforcement - Associate in Applied Science

The Associate in Applied Science in General Technology, Law Enforcement is specifically designed for certified South Carolina law enforcement officers who are currently employed with a public law enforcement agency. This degree is a non-transferable program of study for law enforcement officers employed by a public law enforcement agency or department to earn an associate degree for promotion and/or advancement.

This degree allows currently employed certified South Carolina law enforcement officers to validate coursework using experiential credit, based on courses successfully completed at the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) and other verifiable department/agency sponsored training. The credits awarded for experiential credit plus HGTC criminal justice and general education courses combine to meet the degree requirements.

Experiential credit will be awarded only for eligible training through the SCCJA; eligibility requires that the training must meet a minimum of 40 clock hours with appropriate assessment and attendance. Experiential credit is awarded only for coursework that is documented on an official transcript with a grade and the transcript must be submitted as an official sealed transcript from the SCCJA to the HGTC Registrar’s office. The Academic Chair of the Criminal Justice Program must review and approve credit awarded.

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

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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
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

Although the General Technology-Law Enforcement degree is not designed for transfer, certain courses in the program of study may transfer. Those students planning to transfer should select the Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice. For more information about these transfer opportunities, please contact Dr. Dan Wysong, Chair, Public Service and Legal Studies Department.

Specific Admission Requirements for Program
  • A criminal background check must be satisfactorily completed before students can enroll in any criminal justice course. In lieu of the criminal background check, the student may submit a letter on agency/department stationary, signed by a command level officer, stating that student is a current law enforcement officer in good standing with the employing agency/department. The letter must be submitted to the Registrar or Criminal Justice Program Chair in a sealed envelope.
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

ENG 155 Communications I 3
ENG 160 Communications II 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3
  Social Science 3
  Humanities 3
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
  Elective* 3-6
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice** 3
CRJ 115 Criminal Law** 3
CRJ 120 Constitutional Law** 3
CRJ Electives 19
(Selected with advisory approval)  



*Students may select ENG 101 and SPC 205, ENG 102, MAT 110 or 120, or CPT 170 for transfer purposes.

**Experiential credit awarded for SCCJA Officer Training.