The Criminal Justice Technology curriculum offers two tracks designed to prepare you for a variety of careers in criminal justice: General and Forensic Science.

Criminal Justice

Academic Excellence and Affordability

Are you ready for an exciting and rewarding career? A degree in criminal justice opens the door to many diverse and hands-on career fields, including:

  • Police Officer
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Probation Officer
  • Corrections Officer
  • Secret Service Agent
  • Crime Lab Analyst

Many graduates pursue careers in law enforcement and may find employment locally with city and state agencies. Others look for jobs with federal agencies including the FBI, DEA, Homeland Security, and the Secret Service. A degree in criminal justice offers employment opportunities with private organizations and companies as well.

Flexibility and Support to Fit Your Life

At Gaston College, you have the option to take your classes in-person or online. If you need the flexibility that online courses offer, then you can complete the Criminal Justice Technology AAS or the General Certificate in Criminal Justice fully online. Our caring faculty will be here to guide and support you no matter how you prefer to take your classes.

Get Ready to Achieve your Goals

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics continues to project faster than average growth for jobs in criminal justice-related fields. Gaston College graduates are well-prepared to enter the workforce immediately. You can also take your associate degree and continue on to complete the remaining credits needed to earn a bachelor’s degree at a 4-year college or university. If you’re interested in transferring be sure to check out our Transfer Admission Guarantee Programs.

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Programs of Study

For more information, including a description of the program, Program Learning Outcomes, and the requirements to earn an associate degree or certificate, click on the program name below.

Associate of Applied Science


*Can be completed 100% online.

Contact Information

Calvin Shaw, Program Chair

Kavin Bitter, Faculty

Jay Human, Faculty


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