Criminal Justice Technology
You’re likely suited for a criminal justice degree if you are interested in the court system, laws, police work, criminology, criminal rehabilitation, and investigations. You are detail-oriented, great at decision-making, and understand the importance of approaching work with patience and integrity. Enroll in the Criminal Justice program at Central Piedmont for the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice, along with a choice among several specialized certificates. With online options, you will get to personalize your criminal justice training.
What You Will Learn
The criminal justice technology program integrates studies on local, state, and federal court systems and operations. You will become well-versed in North Carolina laws, including legalities, duties, and proper communication methods for law enforcement. You will examine criminal behavior, juvenile justice approaches, corrections, community relations, ethics, loss prevention, security management, and homeland security. The program also includes the philosophy and history of the criminal justice system. Upon completion of the program, you will be able to:
- explain the criminal justice system and how it functions. Included in this is the setting of system goals and how political and socioeconomic influences affect the system. You will also be able to explain the capabilities and limitations of each element and how those various elements interact to accomplish the mission of the criminal justice system
- discuss the sources of law, and the philosophy, theories, and principles of the laws that regulate and guide the criminal justice system and its primary actors in situations those actors could reasonably expect to encounter, such as investigations, detentions, custodial arrests, search and seizure, ethical dilemmas, and use of force (both deadly and non-deadly)
- list, describe, and evaluate the nature, extent, causation, and prevention of crime, including the ability to apply and critique the major theories relevant to those causes
- explain the role of criminal law in the regulation of crime, human conduct, and the maintenance of modern society
- conduct a basic investigation. This includes assessing and determining the crime and conducting the preliminary investigation in accordance with applicable laws and professional best practices. You will be able to apply knowledge of legal concepts (including state statutes and constitutional precedents), evidence requirements and procedures and investigative techniques in practical ways to successfully and legally investigate a crime
Upon program completion, you will be knowledgeable and confident and qualified for careers as a local or state police officer, detective and investigative fieldworker, correctional officer, bailiff, and special agent — among many other options
Why Choose Central Piedmont
Central Piedmont’s Claudia Watkins Belk Center for Justice holds a mock crime scene facility, which allows you to practice crime response in real-time. The center is named after one of Charlotte’s most prestigious and prominent citizens. Through cooperative education (co-op) at Central Piedmont, you will earn credits as you apply classroom theories and best practices directly into related workplaces; these experiences — especially in the greater Charlotte region — prepare you for career opportunities.
Students who have already completed their Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) may be eligible to receive up to 24 credits towards their associate degree in criminal justice. If you plan to seek a four-year degree, our UNC Charlotte criminal justice transfer certificate ensures a seamless transition from Central Piedmont to UNC Charlotte.
Real World Education
At Central Piedmont, your education goes beyond what you learn in class. We offer numerous opportunities for you to enhance your learning — and to make friends, network, and pursue your passions — through clubs and organizations, sports, events and activities, leadership opportunities, job experience, volunteer experiences, visual and performing arts, and even international experiences.