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Criminal Justice

Have you always dreamed of working in the criminal justice system? If so, a diploma from the Criminal Justice Technology program is the place to begin your path for employment in the areas of police, courts, and corrections.

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed with a core of courses to afford one the opportunity to acquire basic knowledge, skills, and attitudes in the generally accepted subject areas associated with a two-year study of law enforcement services. It includes subjects such as interpersonal communications, law, psychology, and sociology.

In addition to core subjects, students are given instruction in topic areas where they will become exposed to and need knowledge of in order to become entry-level professionals within the criminal justice community such as, but not limited to areas of study such as the correctional services program such as confinement facility administration, correctional law, counseling, probation-parole services, and rehabilitation options.

Similarly, the law enforcement option provides an opportunity to study other generally accepted subjects included in a law enforcement services program such as criminal behavior, a criminal investigation, patrol operation, traffic management, and other aspects of law enforcement administration and operations. The security services option provides an opportunity to study other generally accepted subjects related to a security services program such as accident prevention and safety management, common carrier protection, fire prevention, private security, industrial security, retail security, security systems cybersecurity, private investigations, and surveillance.

Job opportunities are available with federal, state, county, and municipal governments. In addition, knowledge, skills, and attitudes acquired in this course of study qualify one for job opportunities with private enterprises in such areas as industrial, retail physical, cyber, and private security.

Program Features

  • Courses taught by dedicated faculty who are criminal justice professionals with many years of practitioner and/or higher education teaching experience.
  • The program is offered in an online format, hybrid and/or in-class formats that provides flexibility for full-time working professionals who may need access to distance learning education options.
  • By completing this program, students will gain the fundamental competencies that are vital to employability, interpersonal, and professional success in the criminal justice system.
  • Course include real-world criminal justice applications and scenarios for students to experience.
  • Possible work-based learning opportunities for students
    • Students will earn 9 credits with the completion of the Basic Law Enforcement Training academy.
  • Successful completion of this criminal justice technology program will transfer most credits to selected four-year colleges and universities such as UNC Pembroke, NC Wesleyan College, University of Mount Olive, UNCW and NC State (Leadership degree) and others.
  • The Criminal Justice Fellows Program from the North Carolina Department of Justice can offer eligible recent high school graduates a 100% forgivable loan to go to any North Carolina Community College to acquire an associate degree. The loan will be forgiven upon four years of working in an eligible profession and county.

Curriculum Information

Criminal Justice Technology, A.A.S. (A55180)
Criminal Justice Technology Certificate (C55180)
Criminal Justice Technology, Industrial Security Certificate (C55180S)
Criminal Justice Technology, Leadership Certificate (C55180L)
Criminal Justice Technology CTE Pathway (C55180CP) for High School Students
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