Criminal Justice

The Criminal Justice Associate Degree program is a sequence of courses that prepares students for Criminal Justice professions. The program emphasizes a combination of Criminal Justice theory and practical application necessary for successful employment. The Criminal Justice field offers thousands of career opportunities in the three components of the criminal justice system: Law Enforcement, the Courts, and Corrections, as well as careers in private security.


Careers for criminal justice also include loss prevention specialists, probation officers and juvenile advocates. Probation officers and correctional treatment specialists work with and monitor offenders to prevent them from committing new crimes.  Workers in this occupation must meet many court-imposed deadlines, which contributes to heavy workloads and extensive paperwork. Many officers travel, especially those who work in rural areas.

This program is also the first step in becoming a private detective and investigator. Many find facts and analyze information about legal, financial, and personal matters. They offer many services, including verifying people’s backgrounds, tracing missing persons, investigating computer crimes, and protecting celebrities.

Source: Technical College System of Georgia – Knowledge Management System, Department of Labor