Human Services AAS – Correctional Studies Program

Code: AAS.HS.CORR

This program is intended for students seeking to pursue a career in corrections at both federal and local levels.  It provides fundamental knowledge of the functions and process of the criminal justice system as it relates to correctional studies.  Students will study the philosophy, history, and legal principles guiding correctional practices and procedures.  Career opportunities include working at Federal, State, County, and Private Correctional facilities as well as Federal and State Courts/Judiciary as Probation and Parole Officers.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of the functions, interrelationships and processes of the criminal justice components.
  • State and support opinions on critical issues and problems facing the criminal justice system.
  • Demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the philosophy, history and application of law related to the criminal justice system.
  • Describe and analyze the theories of causation and impact of crime.

Career Pathways

Corrections Officer
Criminal Justice / Law Enforcement Administrator Criminal Justice Safety Specialist 
Juvenile Corrections Officer
   

Recommended Semester Sequence

First Semester

  Humanities Elective** 3
  Social Science Elective**† 3
CRJ-101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ-102Introduction to Corrections

3

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WEX-101Dynamics of Health and Fitness

2

Total Credit Hours:17

CRJ-101, CRJ-102: Highly recommended: take CRJ-102 before taking CRJ-114 and CRJ-115.

Second Semester

WEX...
Wellness & Exercise Elective
1

CRJ-108Topics in Criminal Justice

3

CRJ-113The Juvenile Justice Process

3

POL-104State and Local Government

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

Third Semester

  Math/Computer Science/Natural Science/Technology Elective** 3-4
CRJ-107Criminology

3

CRJ-114Correctional Administration

3

LIT-220Social Aspects of Literature

3

SOC-103Sociology of the Family

3

Total Credit Hours:15-16

CRJ-114: Highly recommended: take CRJ-102 before taking CRJ-114 and CRJ-115.

CRJ-107: Highly recommended: take SOC-101 before taking CRJ-107.

Fourth Semester

  Humanities Elective**‡ 3
  Free Elective‡‡ 2
COM  Communication Elective: Choose COM-100 or COM-102  3
CRJ-115Correctional Law

3

PSY-102Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

3

-or

PSY-104Psychology of Human Relations

3

SOC-113Social Problems

3

Total Credit Hours:17

CRJ-115: Highly recommended: take CRJ-102 before taking CRJ-114 and CRJ-115.

General Education Requirements

Communication

WRT-101English Composition I

3

WRT-201English Composition II

3

-or

WRT-202Technical Writing

3

Total Credit Hours:6

Humanities Electives**

Two general education courses selected from the following fields, with no more than one course in any one field: Arts (Art [ART], Music [MUS], Theatre Arts [THR], Cinema Studies [CIN]); History (HIS); Literature (LIT); Philosophy and Religion (PHR); World Languages and Cultures (LAN).

Total Credit Hours:6

Social Science Elective**

One general education course selected from the following fields: Economics (ECO); Geography (GEO); Political Science (POL); Psychology (PSY); Sociology (SOC) and Anthropology (ANT).

Total Credit Hours:3

Mathematics, Natural Science, and Technology**

One general education course to be selected from the following fields: Mathematics (MAT); Computer Science (CIS) Information Technology (INF); Biology (BIO); Chemistry (CHM); Physics (PHY).

Total Credit Hours:3-4

Additional General Education Course:

COM-100Speech Communication

3

-or

COM-102Public Speaking

3

Total Credit Hours:3

Total Credit Hours: 21-22

Program Requirements

CRJ-101Introduction to Criminal Justice

3

CRJ-102Introduction to Corrections

3

CRJ-103Criminal Law

3

CRJ-107Criminology

3

CRJ-108Topics in Criminal Justice

3

CRJ-113The Juvenile Justice Process

3

CRJ-114Correctional Administration

3

CRJ-115Correctional Law

3

POL-104State and Local Government

3

PSY-102Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

3

-or

PSY-104Psychology of Human Relations

3

SOC-101Sociology

3

SOC-103Sociology of the Family

3

SOC-113Social Problems

3

CRJ-101, CRJ-102, CRJ-114, CRJ-115: Highly recommended: take CRJ-102 before taking CRJ-114 and CRJ-115.

CRJ-107, SOC-101: Highly recommended: take SOC-101 before taking CRJ-107.

Free Elective

Total Credit Hours:2

Total Credit Hours: 39

Program Support Requirements

WEX...
Dynamics of Health & Fitness Experience 1

WEX-101Dynamics of Health and Fitness

2

Total Credit Hours: 3

Total Credit Hours: 65-66

Specific Program Notes

Students are encouraged to take their courses in semester sequence order.

Please note that required courses may have prerequisites. Click on each course to view details.

**General Education Elective(s).

†Highly recommended: PSY-101.

‡Highly recommended: PHR-102.

‡‡Highly recommended: CRJ-463 Co-Op Education [Corrections].

Students enrolled in this program ARE REQUIRED to successfully complete a course in basic algebra if indicated by the Basic Skills Placement Test.