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Criminal Justice Technology

Degree: Associate in Applied Science, AAS


The Criminal Justice program prepares students for employment in the areas of law enforcement, correctional services, the courts, private security and juvenile services.  Our graduates are employed a variety of local, state, and Federal criminal justice departments and agencies.  Additionally, many of our students take advantage of agreements we have with four-year institutions and continue to pursue their four-year degrees after graduation.

• High School Diploma or GED
• Admission test scores: R-81 or higher;
   W-78 or higher; A-44 or higher

Currently, background checks are not required for students in the Criminal Justice Technology program.  However, students should understand that certain factors might disqualify them from employment in the criminal justice field.  Students should research the requirements and disqualifiers of their desired areas and agencies of employment. Entrance into any criminal justice program or subsequent graduation, is not a guarantee of employment in the criminal justice field.

Already a certified officer?  Ask about our Prior Learning Credit that may offer college credit for your academy training.

In the Real World

Criminal Justice Technology prepares students for a broad variety of careers in policing, corrections, courts, private security, and homeland security. The duties include protecting lives and property, enhancing community relations, enforcing laws, patrolling and responding to calls, collecting facts through investigations, conducting surveillance, writing reports, and controlling convicted offender’s in a correctional setting or in the community.

Career Placement

At FDTC, we believe that education deserves results - that’s why we want to watch our students succeed in the real world. Florence-Darlington Technical College works diligently to match students with relevant jobs in our community so that they can put their hard-earned education to work. We partner with successful alumni and local businesses to ensure our students get the best possible career upon graduation. Our Career Services Office offers a variety of services to help students succeed including: resume coaching, on-campus recruiting & career fairs, online job postings, professional development workshops, personality evaluations, internship placement assistance, and other online career building resources. We encourage all students to schedule a meeting with a Career Services Coach at (843) 661-8075 to explore their post-graduation opportunities. Find out about what Career Services can do for you. What does your future look like?

Learning Goals/Objectives

Graduates will:
• Identify and describe the major components of the criminal justice system and explain how criminal justice agencies function within the criminal justice field.
• Differentiate the criminal justice professionals and summarize their roles in the criminal justice system.
• Explain the roles of courtroom personnel and describe criminal procedures as defined by Constitutional and criminal law.
• Summarize how criminal law and Constitutional due process affects and guides the criminal justice professional, defendant, convicted offender, and public.
• Identify and explain the causes of criminal behavior and how criminal justice professionals utilize this knowledge to navigate the decision making process in criminal justice.


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