Criminal Justice Technology

Contact(s): John Lanier

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored.

Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Employment opportunities exist in crime scene investigations, the court system, asset protection, private security, local, state, and federal law enforcement, and corrections. Examples include crime scene investigator, legal assistant, asset protection specialist, private security officer, police officer, deputy sheriff, state trooper, detention officer, and correctional officer.

Stanly Community College's Criminal Justice graduates have continued their studies at universities in NC and around the country. The AAS degree might not be fully transferable to some universities.

Some graduates have continued their education at the following colleges and universities, although these colleges and universities may or may not currently have an articulation agreement.

Carolina University
Gardner-Webb University
Fayetteville State University
Norwich University
Liberty University
Lees-McRae College
Pfeiffer University
Western Carolina University
Fort Hays State University
Winston-Salem State University

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:

  1. Apply criminal investigative techniques.
  2. Analyze constitutional law and proper court procedures.
  3. Apply criminological theories.
  4. Compose effective written communication related to criminal justice issues.
  5. Evaluate an ethical decision-making process in the context of a criminal justice dilemma related to social change, values, norms, cultural diversity, or citizen involvement.

Criminal Justice Technology – Associate in Applied Science – A55180

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Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredit Hours
ACA 111 College Student Success 1
CJC 111 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CJC 113 Juvenile Justice 3
CJC 131 Criminal Law 3
ENG 111 Writing and Inquiry 3
PSY 150 General Psychology 3
 Credit Hours16
CJC 225 Crisis Intervention 3
CJC 112 Criminology 3
CJC 141 Corrections 3
ENG 112
Writing and Research in the Disciplines
or Professional Research & Reporting
MAT 143
Quantitative Literacy
or Statistical Methods I
 Credit Hours15-16
CJC 222 Criminalistics 3
SOC 210
Introduction to Sociology
or American Government
or Introduction to Computers
or Public Speaking
 Credit Hours6
Second Year
CJC 132 Court Procedure & Evidence 3
CJC 212 Ethics & Community Relations 3
CJC 215 Organization & Administration 3
CJC 231 Constitutional Law 3
 Credit Hours12
CJC 213 Substance Abuse 3
CJC 221 Investigative Principles 4
PSY 281
Abnormal Psychology
or Forensic Psychology
Humanities Elective * 3
Major Elective 3
 Credit Hours16
 Total Credit Hours65-66

*Please see the Suggested Humanities and Social/Behavioral Science Elective List for AAS Majors webpage.

Major Electives

The student will satisfy the three (3) semester hours required for the major elective by choosing from the following list:

CCT 121Computer Crime Investigation4
CET 111Computer Upgrade/Repair I3
CTS 120Hardware/Software Support3
CJC 121Law Enforcement Operations3
CJC 232Civil Liability3
WBL 111Work-Based Learning I1
WBL 112Work-Based Learning I2
WBL 113Work-Based Learning I3
WBL 121Work-Based Learning II1
WBL 122Work-Based Learning II2
WBL 131Work-Based Learning III1

Note: Work-Based Learning may be taken over several semesters and may be repeated for additional credit.

Criminal Justice Technology - Diploma – D55180

Program is available online.

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ACA 111College Student Success1
CJC 111Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJC 112Criminology3
CJC 113Juvenile Justice3
CJC 121Law Enforcement Operations3
CJC 131Criminal Law3
CJC 132Court Procedure & Evidence3
CJC 141Corrections3
CJC 212Ethics & Community Relations3
CJC 213Substance Abuse3
CJC 221Investigative Principles4
CJC 225Crisis Intervention3
CJC 231Constitutional Law3
ENG 111Writing and Inquiry3
PSY 150General Psychology3
Total Credit Hours44

Criminal Justice Technology - Certificate C55180CJ

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CJC 111Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJC 112Criminology3
CJC 113Juvenile Justice3
CJC 121Law Enforcement Operations3
CJC 141Corrections3
CJC 212Ethics & Community Relations3
Total Credit Hours18

Criminal Justice Technology Career Pathway

CJC 111Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CJC 112Criminology3
CJC 113Juvenile Justice3
CJC 121Law Enforcement Operations3
CJC 141Corrections3
CJC 212Ethics & Community Relations3
Total Credit Hours18

Admission Requirements

  1. Submit a properly completed Application for Admission to the Admissions Office at Stanly Community College.
  2. Submit all official transcripts to the Admissions Office at SCC; an official copy of a high school transcript showing successful completion of all requirements for a diploma. A GED certificate indicating a passing score or an adult high school diploma is acceptable in lieu of a regular high school diploma. An official transcript copy from each college, university, or other post-secondary institution attended by the applicant must be submitted to the Admissions Office at SCC if the applicant wishes to be considered for transfer credit.
  3. Complete the placement test (ASSET or COMPASS). Applicants who have previously completed and may be exempt from placement testing. Applicants presenting ASSET or COMPASS scores older than five years will be required to retest.

Criteria for Progressions

Students are recommended to follow the course sequence in their progression toward graduation. Students are encouraged to take all Developmental Courses prior to beginning Criminal Justice Technology courses.

Grading scales for students are as follows:

  • A = 90 - 100 (Exceeding Expectations);
  • B = 80 - 89 (Meeting Expectations);
  • C = 70 - 79 (Approaching Expectations);
  • F = 0 - 69 (Does Not Meet Expectations);
  • S = Satisfactory Passing.

To progress in the Criminal Justice Technology program, all students must make a grade of C or higher or S in all courses. Students earning less than a C in any course must repeat the course as soon as possible.

Criteria for Graduation

To be eligible for graduation a student must:

  1. Complete all course requirements, earning a grade of C or higher.
  2. Complete an Application for Graduation.
  3. Pay a graduation fee at the time of registration for the last semester.
  4. Earn at least one-fourth of credits required for a degree, diploma, or certificate from SCC.
  5. Fulfill all financial obligations to the College

Withdrawing from Classes

Instructors will enforce the SCC withdrawal policy if a student:

  1. requests withdrawal, or
  2. has two consecutive weeks of absences, regardless of contact, for a 16 week (full-semester) or one week of absence, regardless of contact, for an 8 week, or
  3. is not meeting the requirements of the course. The student may withdraw or drop the course by the date as published in the Academic Calendar for each semester. Students will be assigned a W (Withdrawn) by the Records and Registration Office.

Students will not be allowed to withdraw from the course during the last two weeks of the semester. Instructors who initiate drops during the last two weeks of the term must assign a grade to the student from the grading system as published in the SCC catalog.