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Criminal Justice

The field of criminal justice and human services is a broad one in which graduates may find a variety of options for employment. The program’s objective is to prepare students, those currently serving in a profession related to the criminal justice field or individuals who like to work with people and who have a strong desire to become employed in a helping profession, as well as those interested in pursuing a related career, with the necessary knowledge, skills, and abilities essential for success in the field.

For a complete list of technical standards, program required forms, and admission procedures please go to the Health and Human Services department page.

New Credit Program

Police Pre-Academy Training Certificate

The Police Pre-Academy Training (PPAT) certification is for individuals who seek to become employed as a law enforcement officer in South Carolina and become Class-1 Certified Law Enforcement Officers (LEO) through the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy (SCCJA) and the Law Enforcement Training Council (LETC) pursuant to South Carolina Code of Laws Chapter 23.

Program Options

AAS Degree-Criminal Justice Technology

The Associate in Applied Science major in Criminal Justice Technology prepares graduates for jobs in law enforcement, courts, prisons, jails, and business/retail security. Traits such as honesty, sound judgment, integrity, and a sense of responsibility are important in law enforcement. People who enjoy helping others, have strong communication skills, high moral and ethical conduct, and respect for others are important in any public service job. People who work in law enforcement are subject to criminal background and credit history checks, lie detector tests, and drug screenings. Fitness tests and driving license/records may be needed for employment.

Complete SFT-109
Complete Eng-101 or ENG-155
Complete ENG-102 or ENG-156
Complete MAT-103
Complete PSC-201
Complete PSY-201 or SOC-101
Complete SPC-205
Complete 1 course: ART-101 HIS-202 HSS-205 MUS-105 or THE-101
Complete CRJ-101 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-115 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-125 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-236 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-242 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete COL-101
Complete CRJ-202 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete HIS 201 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-218 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-222 OR PHI-101 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-224 (Minimum Grade C)
Take 3 courses from the following electives: (Minimum Grade C) BIO-105 CHM-105 ECO-210 ECO-211 CRJ-130 CRJ-140 CRJ-145 CRJ-230 CRJ-237 CRJ-246 CPT-101 MGT-101 MGT-201 SPA-101 SPA-102 CRJ-250 CRJ-260 CRJ-281 CRJ-282 CRJ-283 CRJ-284 BUS-121 PSY-105

Admission to the Criminal Justice Technology and Human Services Certificate Program requires qualifying scores on the College’s placement test, or SAT or ACT, and a high school diploma or equivalent. (No minimum math score is required for the Certificate in Law Enforcement or Certificate in Human Services.) Depending on placement scores, students may be required to take additional coursework.

Test Scores

Accuplacer
Reading >=71
Sentence Skills >= 75
Arithmetic >= 90 Or *HSGPA = HS GPA >=3.0

Compass                                          
Pre-Algebra 54                                 
Reading 81                                       
Writing 70                                        

Asset
Numerical 43       Algebra 31    
Reading 42
Writing 41  
           
SAT
480 Critical Reading
540 Math

ACT
21 English
23 Math

SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the program.

Developmental Coursework
Grade of “C” or better in RDG 100, ENG 100 or higher and MAT 032 or higher

Useful Links

Department Page

Law Enforcement

The Law Enforcement certificate program prepares graduates for entry-level roles in law enforcement. Personal traits such as honesty, sound judgment, integrity, and a sense of responsibility are important in the law enforcement field. People who have a desire to help others, strong communication skills, high moral and ethical conduct, and respect for others are important in public service. Those working in law enforcement are subject to criminal background and credit history checks, lie detector tests, and drug screenings. Fitness tests and driving license/records may be needed for employment.

Complete 1 Course (Minimum Grade of C): ENG-101 or ENG-155
Complete CRJ-101 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-110 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-115 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-218 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-222 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete CRJ-224 (Minimum Grade C)
Complete SCI-150 or CRJ-202 (Minimum Grade C)

Admission to the Criminal Justice Technology and Human Services Certificate Program requires qualifying scores on the College’s placement test, or SAT or ACT, and a high school diploma or equivalent. (No minimum math score is required for the Certificate in Law Enforcement or Certificate in Human Services.) Depending on placement scores, students may be required to take additional coursework.

Test Scores

Accuplacer
Reading >=71
Sentence Skills >= 75
Arithmetic >= 90 Or *HSGPA = HS GPA >=3.0

Compass                                          
Pre-Algebra 54                                 
Reading 81                                       
Writing 70                                        

Asset
Numerical 43       Algebra 31    
Reading 42
Writing 41  
           
SAT
480 Critical Reading
540 Math

ACT
21 English
23 Math

SAT/ACT scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time a student seeks admission to the program.

Developmental Coursework
Grade of “C” or better in RDG 100, ENG 100 or higher and MAT 032 or higher

Useful Links

Department Page

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