Public Service Technology

Criminal Justice Technology, Homeland Security - Associate in Applied Science

The Homeland Security emphasis is designed for students who are interested specializing in fields of security, emergency management, intelligence and disaster preparedness. Courses in the Homeland Security emphasis introduce students to concepts and operations associated with the preparation for and response to any number of domestic threats from terrorism or severe weather events. The Homeland Security emphasis is based on a sequential four (4) course structure.

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. Most Criminal Justice (CRJ) courses are offered only once each year, so following the recommended course sequence is extremely important.

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 in the rapidly advancing specialized fields of security, emergency management, intelligence, and disaster preparedness. There will continue to be a need for dedicated men and women in the diverse areas that comprise the criminal justice system and homeland security.

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.

Transfer Opportunities

Transfer requirements for senior colleges/universities vary widely; visit 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 or 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    
CPT 101 Introduction to Computers 3
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 115 Criminal Law I 3
CRJ 239 Terrorism & Homeland Security 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
CRJ 120 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ 125 Criminology 3
CRJ 233 Cyber Crimes and the Law 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
MAT 155 Contemporary Mathematics 3
MAT 101 Beginning Algebra  
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
CRJ 203 Forensic Photography 3
CRJ 230 Criminal Investigation I 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
CRJ 130 Police Administration 3
CRJ 220 Judicial Process 3
CRJ 241 Transportation & Border Security 3
PSY 201    General Psychology 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
  TOTAL 15
Fifth Semester - Spring    
CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ 242 Correctional Systems 3
CRJ 245 Intelligence Analysis & Security Management 3
CRJ 260 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
HIS  History Elective* 3
  TOTAL 15



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