Career and Technical Studies

Degree: 

Associate of Applied Science in Protective Services Technology in Corrections Science

Length: 

Four-semester (two-year) program

Purpose: 

The associate degree program will produce correctional staff personnel who possess both a knowledge of the operational aspects of the corrections field and an understanding of the methods used to manage, treat, and counsel inmates

Occupational Objectives: 

Local, State and Federal Corrections Officers, Community Corrections 

Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the college, entry into the Corrections Science program requires the following:

  1. A personal interview with a member of the Administration of Justice Faculty.
  2. Competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
  3. Other factors to consider are physical condition, hearing, color vision, sight, weight, and moral character.

 

Program Requirements: Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in Administration of Justice with the remaining courses in related areas, general education, and electives. Instruction will include both the theoretical concepts and the practical applications needed for future success in corrections or related activities. Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisor and the Student Services Office in planning their program and selecting electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Corrections Science.

A coordinated internship is required of all students working toward the Associate Degree in Corrections Science unless waived by the college in lieu of approved course work, provided student is or has been employed by a criminal justice agency. The program is designed to broaden the classroom experience through assignment in public governmental criminal justice agencies for 180 hours during one semester. Students should gain first-hand knowledge and greater understanding of the network of criminal justice agencies and of how they serve the community. Students should also integrate and apply knowledge, theory, and understanding derived from foundation courses to the practical solutions to problems encountered during their internship.

The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.

First Year

First Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3 0 3
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3 0 3
ADJ 133 Ethics and the Criminal Justice 3 0 3
ADJ 138 Defensive Tactics 1 0 1
ADJ 146 Adult Correctional Institutions 3 0 3
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures I 3 0 3
SDV 100 College Success Skills 1 0 1
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 17 0 17

Second Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 145 Corrections and the Community 3 0 3
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence and Procedures II 3 0 3
ADJ 215 Report Writing 3 0 3
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3 0 3
ADJ 228 Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs 3 0 3
ENG 111 College Composition I 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 18 0 18
Second Year

Third Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 241 Correctional Law I 3 0 3
CST 110 Introduction to Communication 3 0 3
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Humanities/Fine Arts Electives:  ART 101, CST 151, HUM 100, HUM 260, MUS 121, PHI 101, PHI 220, REL 200, REL 210, REL 230  (Can be taken in either 3rd or 4th semester)

Humanities/Fine Arts 3 0 3
MTH 130 Fundamentals of Reasoning 3 0 3
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 15 0 15

Fourth Semester

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3 0 3
ADJ 245 Management of Correctional Facilities 3 0 3
ADJ 290 Coordinated Internship in Administration of Justice 0 12 4
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology 3 0 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 9 12 13

Summer Semester (Optional)

Course Number Course Title Lect. Hrs. Lab Hrs. Course Cr.
ADJ 127 Firearms and Marksmanship 3
Suggested Credits & Hours for Semester 0 0 3
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