Jul 20, 2024  
2020-21 Gaston College Catalog 

Criminal Justice Technology, A.A.S. (A55180)

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This Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree is a two-year program that prepares students for the workforce. However, there are some senior institutions where all or part of this degree is accepted as the first two years of a four-year program.  Students interested in pursuing a four-year degree should consult an advisor.

The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum is designed to provide knowledge of criminal justice systems and operations. Study will focus on local, state, and federal law enforcement, judicial processes, corrections, and security services. The criminal justice system’s role within society will be explored.

Emphasis is on criminal justice systems, criminology, juvenile justice, criminal and constitutional law, investigative principles, ethics, and community relations. Additional study may include issues and concepts of government, counseling, communications, computers, and technology.

Employment opportunities exist in a variety of local, state, and federal law enforcement, corrections, and security fields. Examples include police officer, deputy sheriff, county detention officer, state trooper, intensive probation/parole surveillance officer, correctional officer, and loss prevention specialist.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates will:

  1. Identify the roles and interrelationships between the principal components of the criminal justice system (i.e., law enforcement, the courts, parole, juvenile justice system, and corrections).
  2. Describe criminal law and the elements of various crimes.
  3. Interpret the constitutional rights of those accused of crimes and the related restrictions on law enforcement.
  4. Identify detection and investigation procedures and techniques utilized in the criminal justice system.
  5. Complete a search warrant application and seized item inventory.

Course Selection Information

Students, to help you progress in your degree program, take prerequisite courses along with English and Math early in your academic career. This will align you for greater success in completing your program of study. Click on the courses listed below to ensure you are aware of prerequisites. The order shown below under the student program priorities is a guide.

Student Program Priorities:

  1. CJC 111 CJC 221 CJC 231  



Total Program Hours: 65


Students successfully completing a Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) course accredited by the North Carolina Criminal Justice Education and Training Standards Commission and the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission will receive 18 hours credit for CJC-120 Interviews/Interrogations, CJC 131-Criminal Law, CJC 132-Court Procedures and Evidence, CJC 221-Investigative Principles, CJC 225-Crisis Intervention and CJC 231-Constitutional Law.

Students may complete up to three credit hours from WBL courses.  Please contact the Work-Based Learning office for more information.

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