Criminal Justice

Criminal Justice

Two-Year and Four-Year Degree Options

1. Concentration in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts Degree

Beginning Fall 2020, students will be able to earn a concentration in Criminal Justice as part of the SMC Bachelor's Degree. At SMC, you'll study Criminal Justice and one additional concentration, while also taking career development courses via the Camak Core.

Concentration vs. Major: a degree concentration is similar to a major, but with fewer classes. The SMC Bachelor's Degree lets you choose two complimentary concentrations to make your degree more adaptable to a changing workplace and more valuable to employers. For example, students may choose to concentrate in criminal justice and psychology, criminal justice and English, etc. As you discover more about criminal justice, the right combination of concentrations to suit your career path will become clear.

2. Associate in Criminal Justice Degree

Since 1970, SMC has been a leader in providing criminal justice education to South Carolina students. Whether your interest is in law enforcement, the courts or dozens of other career opportunities, this degree is an ideal way to get started.

Course Descriptions

CRMJ-101: INTRODUCTION TO THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. (3 hours) A course not in law but about the law as a means of social control. Designed to bring a better understanding of how our criminal justice system works in the prevention, detection, prosecution, and punishment of crime, fair administration of justice, and restoration of offenders to the community. For the beginning student interested in a career in the criminal justice field.
CRMJ-105: POLICE ETHICS. (1 hour) Police conduct is examined as it relates to ethical principles. Includes the examination of ethical dilemmas pertaining to professional activities in the field. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-110: POLICE ADMINISTRATION. (3 hours) Study of the modern law enforcement agency, its functions, structure, and operational techniques. Attention is given to general and specialized units, principles of organization, staff, budget, and control. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-112: INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINOLOGY. (3 hours) Review of the extent of crime, types of crime, causes of crime, and the law enforcement officer’s role in control of crime. Special attention to controversial issues in criminology with full discussion of different views. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-202: CRIMINAL EVIDENCE AND PROCEDURES. (3 hours) Study of criminal evidence for police, types of evidence, criminal procedure in various courts, legal arrests and searches (constitutional requirements, etc.), court functions (indictments, grand and petit juries, etc.), and rights and duties of officers and citizens. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the instructor.
CRMJ-203: INTRODUCTION TO CRIMINAL LAW. (3 hours) Study of the nature, types, and sources of criminal law. Classification and analysis of crime and criminal acts in general. Examination of selected specific criminal offenses. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-210: JUVENILE RELATIONS. (3 hours) Examination of various theories relating to causal factors of juvenile delinquency and a study of the evolving juvenile justice system, to include law enforcement, courts, corrections, and prevention. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-211: COMMUNITY-BASED CORRECTIONS. (3 hours) Survey of alternatives to incarceration which includes discussions on probation, parole, shock probation, work release, and other alternatives to incarceration. Discussions also address questions such as correctional philosophy, the legal implications of alternative systems and supervisory techniques. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-212: INTRODUCTION TO CORRECTIONS. (3 hours) A review of the history of development of jails and prison systems. Introduction to prison management, operations, and programs, current methods of classification, treatment, security. Career opportunities in penology also discussed. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-213: COMMUNITY POLICING. (3 hours) Survey of the subject ranging from theory and definition of community policing to the actual duties of the officer supervising and evaluating programs. Emphasis is placed on maintaining an immediate and effective police response to individual crime incidents and emergencies with the goal of exploring new proactive initiatives aimed at problem solving. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-214: VICTIMOLOGY. (3 hours) An introduction to victims of crime, their roles as victims, their treatment by the criminal justice system, and their willingness to report crimes and to prosecute. Emphasis will be placed on the rights of the victim as well as victim compensation programs. Prerequisite or Corequisite: CRMJ-101 or permission of the program director.
CRMJ-220: INTRODUCTION TO FORENSICS SCIENCE. (3 hours) An introductory course with emphasis on the terminology and techniques used in forensic science. Topics will include: physical evidence, fingerprint evidence, trace evidence, toxicological evidence, arson and explosive evidence, drug evidence, ballistics and DNA testing. Prerequisite: CRMJ 101 or permission of the department director and/or the instructor.

300- and 400-Level Courses (Beginning Fall 2020):

CRMJ 301: RESEARCH METHODS. (3 hours)  Introduces students to the basic concepts of research in the field of criminal justice. Students develop an understanding of qualitative and quantitative techniques used to conduct and analyze criminal justice research. Emphasis is placed on preparing students to read, understand, and evaluate the quality of research studies. Prerequisite: CRMJ 101.

CRMJ 400 LEVEL: CRIMINAL JUSTICE POLICY. (3 hours)  In this criminal justice capstone course, students will review and evaluate research of crime and criminal justice policies throughout the entire criminal justice system. Additionally, students will analyze methods of crime control beyond the criminal justice system, including at the individual, family, household, community, and school levels as well as environmental manipulation. Liberal and conservative explanations of crime trends will be examined. Prerequisite: CRMJ 301.

CRMJ 310: CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION AND FORENSICS. (3 hours) Students learn the terminology and techniques used in criminal investigations and forensic science. Topics include securing and recording the crime scene; collection of crime scene evidence; and scientific analysis of fingerprint, firearm, drug, trace, toxicological, and biological evidence. Prerequisite: CRMJ 101.

CRMJ 300 LEVEL: JUVENILE JUSTICE. (3 hours) Examines the various theories relating to the causes of juvenile delinquency and analyzes the evolving juvenile justice system, including law enforcement, courts, corrections, and prevention. Attention is paid to juveniles as offenders as well as victims.

CRMJ 300 LEVEL: VICTIMOLOGY. (3 hours) This course is a comprehensive study of victimization and the relationship between victims, offenders, and the criminal justice system. Students will learn about the history of victimology; theories explaining victimization; consequences and costs of victimization; victims’ cooperation and conflict with police, lawyers, judge, juries, and corrections officials and victims’ rights and remedies. Effects of murder, robbery, domestic violence, and child victimization will be discussed.

CRMJ 400 LEVEL: CRIMINAL LAW AND PROCEDURE. (3 hours) Involves the convergence of law enforcement, courts, legislation, and the Constitution. Students study constitutional rights of individuals and limitations on police authority as interpreted by the courts. Additionally, students study crime definitions and elements of crime as written by legislatures and interpreted by courts. Substantive law of South Carolina is emphasized. Prerequisite: CRMJ 101.

CRMJ 400 LEVEL: DEATH PENALTY. (3 hours) Explores all facets of capital punishment, including constitutionality, process, goals, public opinion, arbitrariness, costs, wrongful convictions, and effects on members of the criminal justice system.


Stacy Parker

Stacy Parker, Director of the Criminal Justice Program and Professor of Criminal Justice

Walker Building, Office 212
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Taylor Brickley

Taylor Brickley, Professor of Criminal Justice

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Dale Hyder

Dale Hyder, M.S., Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice

Walker Building, Office 303
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Tommy Wall, Adjunct Instructor of Criminal Justice

Walker Building, Office 303
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