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Police Pre-Academy Pathway

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Police Pre-Academy Pathway

The Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Criminal Justice degree pathway is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions by providing a solid educational foundation through general education credits and elective courses. Earning an Associate in Applied Science degree at HGTC enables students to easily transfer to senior institutions within South Carolina.

For students wishing to enter the SCCJA Police Academy, the Police-Pre-Academy pathway lists the recommended coursework  for students to  complete the Criminal Justice degree while receiving training equivalent to the first four (4) weeks of the 12-week Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) at the SCCJA.  

Below is a listing of recommended courses which lay the best foundation for transferring to a four-year institution and earning a bachelor's degree in a Criminal Justice. 

For a full list of Associate in Applied Science degree requirements, please refer to the HGTC College Catalog.

If you are interested in the Police-Pre-Academy pathway please consult your academic advisor for assistance.

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Recommended Curriculum Sequence

First Semester - Fall Course Title Semester
Credit Hours
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 115 Criminal Law I 3
ENG 101 English Composition I 3
MAT 155 or MAT 101 Contemporary Mathematics/Beginning Algebra 3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
  TOTAL 15
Second Semester - Spring    
CRJ 120 Constitutional Law 3
CRJ 125 Criminology 3
CRJ 281 Police Science I 3
ENG 102 English Composition II 3
PSY 201 General Psychology 3
  TOTAL 15
Third Semester - Summer    
CRJ 230 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ 203 Forensic Photography 3
CRJ 282 Police Science II 3
Fourth Semester - Fall    
CRJ 130 Police Administration 3
CRJ 220 Judicial Process 3
CRJ 283 Police Science III 3
SPC 205 Public Speaking 3
HIS 102 or HIS 201 Western Civilization Post 1689/American History: Disc to 1877 3
  TOTAL 15
Fifth Semester - Spring    
CRJ 236 Criminal Evidence 3
CRJ 242 Correctional Systems 3
CRJ 260 Seminar in Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 284 Police Science IV 3
  TOTAL 12