Our Criminal Justice Technology diploma program is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. You will learn about local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored, as well as criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. In addition to general education classes in mathematics, English, and sociology, you will also study issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology. Most components of this program may be completed online, as well as in the traditional face-to-face seated environment.
This is a diploma program and requires fewer credits and less time to complete than a degree program. If you’re looking for a shorter-term option, the certificate program may be for you.
The Criminal Justice Technology program also offers degree and certificate options.
Skills You’ll Learn
The Criminal Justice Technology program is focused on job-related skills in the following areas:
- Understanding the criminal justice system and its components (law enforcement, the courts, parole, juvenile justice, and corrections)
- Selecting appropriate techniques and practices for various types of criminal investigations
- Applying knowledge of criminal and constitutional law to criminal scenarios
There are many employment opportunities for Criminal Justice Technology graduates, including:
- Correctional officer
- County detention officer
- Deputy sheriff
- Intensive probation/parole surveillance officer
- Loss prevention specialist
- Police officer
- State trooper
Students whom successfully complete an accredited NCDOJ Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course may receive 15 credit hours for the following criminal justice courses: CJC 120, CJC 131, CJC 132, CJC 221, and CJC 231 that will count towards the Associate in Applied Science degree in Criminal Justice Technology. To qualify, students must have successfully passed the Criminal Justice Commission’s comprehensive certification exam and must have completed BLET since 1985.
Plan of Study
The recommended course sequence for this program and a complete list of related classes are available in the Academic Catalog. Click the button below to view a copy of this plan of study, which is also available as a PDF.