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Introduction to Criminal Justice

Program Details

The Introduction to Criminal Justice program offered by Southeastern Technical College is a basic certificate program designed to educate students on the fundamentals of criminal justice and criminology. As completion of this program does not result in a degree, the program is appropriate for students that wish to take some coursework in criminal justice before committing to a degree program.

Graduates may also be prepared for entry-level positions in criminal justice, including law enforcement, corrections, and various levels of the judicial system, though there is no guarantee. Applicants should know that completion of this certificate program does not directly ensure certification of officer status in the state of Georgia. Students seeking such certification must do so by going through the Peace Officer Standards and Training Council. Prospective candidates should also be aware that a conviction of a felony or multiple misdemeanor offenses may result in the prevention of employment in the criminal justice field.

To complete this program, those enrolled must earn a total of 12 hours of credit, a sequence that can usually be completed in about two semesters. All credits for this program come from a set of four required three-credit courses under the criminal justice umbrella. The first course, an Introduction to Criminal Justice, covers the history and present working of the criminal justice system in the United States, including constitutional limits and future career options and the associated requirements. The other required courses are Corrections, Principles of Law Enforcement, and Criminal Procedure.

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Southeastern Technical College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Associate Degrees.