Criminal Justice Technology

Program Overview

The Criminal Justice associate degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for criminal justice professions. Learning opportunities develop academic, occupational, and professional knowledge and skills required for job acquisition, retention, and advancement.

The program emphasizes a combination of Criminal Justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. Program graduates receive a Criminal Justice Technology associate degree.  Graduates who are current practitioners will benefit through enhancement of career potential.  Entry-level persons will be prepared to pursue diverse opportunities in the corrections, security, investigative, and police administration fields.  Completion of the Criminal Justice Technology associate degree does not ensure certification of officer status in Georgia.  Students must seek such certification from the Peace Officer Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Council.

Students desiring to be employed in the public protection sector upon graduation must meet the requirements established by Georgia Code 35-8-8.

Students who intend to become certified Peace Officers or Corrections Officers in the State of Georgia should understand that according to the Georgia Peace Officer and Standards Training (P.O.S.T.) Council, each applicant, “shall not have been convicted by any state or by the federal government of any crime the punishment for which could have been imprisonment in a federal or state prison or institution nor have been convicted of sufficient misdemeanors to establish a pattern of disregard for the law, provided that, for purposes of this paragraph, violations of traffic laws and other offenses involving the operation of motor vehicles when the applicant has received a pardon shall not be considered.” This means that the Council will require that a thorough Criminal and Traffic History be completed to include but not limited to: a Certified Driver’s History, a Georgia Crime Information Center and a National Crime Information Center printout. Qualifications for peace officer/corrections officer may be found at the P.O.S.T. web site.

Students can enter the Criminal Justice Technology degree program any semester.  A full-time student can complete this program in 6 semesters.  To graduate, a student must earn a minimum of 60 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Criminal Justice degree program must be able to deal with a wide array of situations with a level head.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Online (Distance Education)
  • Little Ocmulgee Instructional Center

Salary Potential

$27,000.00 – $44,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $7,986.00
Books & Supplies:  $2,035.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Criminal Justice Technology degree program are prepared for positions in law enforcement, corrections or security such as: Community Police Officer, Detention Officer, EMS Coordinator, Police Officer, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Dispatcher, Jailer, Private Probation Officer, Game Warden and Records Manager.  Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

A criminal background investigation with a satisfactory determination is required of all persons working in the criminal justice field.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 16 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher, or GED.

The College may accept transfer credit for other courses according to the College’s transfer policy.

Articulation Agreements

For information on further advancing your education after completing your Associate of Applied Science Degree, see our Articulation (Transfer) Agreements.

Curriculum

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Course Overview

  • AREA I - Language/Arts Communication
  • ENGL1101Composition and Rhetoric3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA II - Social/Behavioral
  • PSYC1101Introductory Psychology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA III - Natural Sciences/Mathematics
  • Choose one of the following:
  • MATH1103Quantitative Skills and Reasoning3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • MATH1111College Algebra3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • AREA IV - Humanities/Fine Arts
  • Choose one of the following:
  • ENGL2110World Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ENGL2130American Literature3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • Program-Specific General Education Core Requirements
  • To meet the minimum required 15 semester credit hours in General Core Courses, students must take an additional 3 semester credit hours.
  • ENGL1102Literature and Composition3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • HIST2111U.S. History I3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • HIST2112U.S. History II3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • POLS1101American Government3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • SOCI1101Introduction to Sociology3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • OCCUPATIONAL COURSES
  • COLL1060Introduction to College and Computers3 credit hours50 contact hours
  • CRJU1010Introduction to Criminal Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU1030Corrections3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU1040Principles of Law Enforcement3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU1068Criminal Law for Criminal Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU1400Ethics and Cultural Perspectives for Criminal Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU2020Constitutional Law for Criminal Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU2050Criminal Procedure3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • CRJU2070Juvenile Justice3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • XXXXXXXXOccupational Electives - 15 Hours15 credit hours0 contact hours
  • and one of the following:
  • CRJU2090Criminal Justice Practicum3 credit hours135 contact hours
  • CRJU2100Criminal Justice Externship3 credit hours135 contact hours