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Criminal Justice FAQs

I need to get my associate degree for pay increases and promotion eligibility, but my work schedule including my part-time job and my rotating shift work won't allow me to attend regular classes. What can I do?

Sign up for online courses. You don't have to meet regular class schedules.

Can I receive credit for courses taken at the SC Criminal Justice Academy?

Some coursework taken at the SCCJA will transfer in toward the associate degree in criminal justice. Contact your advisor about specific courses. You will need to have your official SCCJA transcript sent to TTC for evaluation.

Will courses taken in the military count toward my degree?

Some training in the military has been evaluated for college credit. Contact your advisor for more information. You will need to have your DD 214 evaluated.

Do I need to have a college degree to become a police officer?

At the present time in South Carolina, the minimum state standard for being certified as a police officer is a high school diploma or GED, U.S. citizenship and no felony convictions. Most departments, however, are considering only applicants who have an associate or bachelor's degree. Also the entry-level salary is determined by the applicant's education. An associate degree candidate's salary may be more than the high school/GED candidates. Promotion eligibility is also usually based on the degree.

What should I study if I don't want to be a police officer?

The criminal justice field includes other positions such as private security, corrections, court services and other support positions that employ criminal justice graduates.

Will courses I take at TTC transfer to other colleges?

Courses taken at TTC, including criminal justice courses, will transfer to other accredited institutions. This may depend on the specific college or university and the program of study or major field chosen. Contact your academic advisor for more information.

What kind of jobs might I qualify for with the associate degree in criminal justice?

The associate degree is designed to prepare students for entry-level positions in the criminal justice field. Some supervisory and management positions also require an associate degree and some number of years of qualifying experience.

What is the difference between the associate degree and certificate?

The associate degree requires completion of criminal justice courses in addition to general education courses such as English, history, political science, math, psychology, public speaking, computer and general electives.

The Law Enforcement, Corrections and Forensics certificates require only completion of Criminal Justice courses and a computer course. The certificates are designed for those who already have a degree and desire coursework in criminal justice or for those who are not planning on seeking an associate degree.