Program Overview

Albany Technical College offers an Degree in Criminal Justice for students whose goals for their careers involve learning about the legal system and all the roles and responsibilities that are a part of working in criminal justice, including learning about criminology, law enforcement, the courts, and the legal system. Students will learn about the processes involved in the investigation, arrest, and legal processes involved in trying suspects, as well as understanding the psychology and sociological factors that induce criminal behavior.

The curriculum involves the study of social sciences and criminal studies in order to prepare the student for roles within the criminal justice system. Those classes include composition and rhetoric, college algebra, introduction to computers, introduction to criminal justice, corrections, principles of law enforcement, criminal law for criminal justice, criminal procedure, ethics and cultural perspective in criminal justice, constitutional law and criminal justice, juvenile justice, criminal justice externship, private security, police patrol operations, criminal justice administration, police officer survival, police traffic control and investigation, report writing, criminology, homeland security, criminal courts, probation and parole, community-oriented policing, methods of criminal investigation, and crime scene processing.   

Upon completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the necessary educational qualifications for roles within the criminal justice system. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate an understanding of the causes of crime, criminal law, the role of police, and forensic science; to demonstrate understanding of specialized areas of criminal justice, such as terrorism, cybercrime, global security, and intelligence; to demonstrate understanding of emerging issues and of a focus in a specific area, such as policing or security, and demonstrate the preparation with a general education curriculum for future studies in undergraduate or graduate education.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Associate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree:

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Council on Occupational Education

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


    High school diploma or GED Required for admission.

    School Overview

    There were 175 students enrolled in Monroe Area Vocational-Technical School when it first opened in 1961. Then a second educational facility, the Albany Area Vocational-Technical School was also established, and by 1972 these two schools merged. Recognizing a further need for adult education programs in the state of Georgia, the Technical College System of Georgia incorporated the newly merged technical schools, along with adult education programs, to establish the Albany Technical Institute. More importantly, the technical school earned the right to award Associate’s degrees in 2000, thereby adopting a new name, Albany Technical College. Today, the college serves full-time and part-time students, equipping students with degrees and skills for the workplace, supporting basic education programs, and furthering knowledge through workforce trainings and continuing education.

    Students can choose from associate's degree programs, diplomas and certificate programs. Additionally, Albany Technical College supports distance learning, offering online Associate’s degrees, and diploma and technical certificate programs. Albany Technical College also offers the flexibility of more than ten online technical certificate programs. All programs are delivered completely online, and technical certificates take the average student one to three semesters to complete.


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