Associate of Arts in
Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice: Corrections
USD 7,120 / per semester *
Earliest start date
* this is for a standard 15 credit semester including fees / price may vary depending on how many credits are taken
The Corrections degree and certificate program provides preparatory instruction necessary for persons who wish entry into four-year institutions for careers as Correctional Officers, Counselors, or Probation and Parole Officers with federal, state, and county agencies. Entry-level employment may be available after satisfactory completion of the AA degree or certificate requirements.
To qualify for the Associate of Arts in Administration of Justice: Corrections degree, students must satisfactorily complete the Degree Major requirements and the local AA/AS General Education requirements.
Note: Students should see a counselor at least once each semester to plan for their educational goal(s).
Students who complete the degree or certificate will be able to:
- Communicate appropriately, in both verbal and computer-generated written (narrative report) formats, within the criminal justice system.
- Demonstrate professional, ethical, respectful conduct to those of diverse cultures, customs, and beliefs in stressful, emotionally charged situations.
- Critically analyze behaviors and situations for violations of criminal law, criminal procedure, and/or possible defenses.
- Develop and maintain relationships of trust and respect with co-workers, the community, employers, and criminal suspects.
Certificate of Achievement Requirements:
- ADJUS 21 Introduction to Administration of Justice 3
- ADJUS 22 Concepts of Criminal Law 3
- ADJUS 23 Principles and Procedures of the Justice System 3
- ADJUS 24 Legal Aspects of Evidence 3
- ADJUS 25 Community Relations 3
- ADJUS 63 Introduction to Corrections 3
- ENGL 201A* Preparation for Composition and
- Reading (4) or ENGL 1A Composition and Reading (4) 4
- ENGL 201B* Preparation for Composition and
- Reading (4) or ENGL 1B Composition and Reading (4) 4
- PSYCH 1A Introduction to General Psychology (3) or PSYCH 10 Psychology and Life: Basic Principles (3) 3
- SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology (3) or SOC 2 Social Problems (3) 3
Total Required Units for Certificate: 32
Degree Major Requirements:
Certificate of Achievement Requirements: 32
Plus, select a minimum of 9 units from the following:
- ADJUS 51 Juvenile Law and Procedures (3)
- ADJUS 56 Criminal Investigation (3)
- COSER 10 Community Resources and Social Policy (3)
- COSER 16A Communication: Theory and Practice (2-3)
- COSER 16B Communication: Families in Crisis (3)
- COSER 22 Social Psychology of Substance/Drug Abuse (3)
- COSER 24 Human Development (3)
- COSER 41 Substance Abuse and the Law (3)
- COSER 42 Counseling Skills and Substance Abuse (3) 9
Total Required Units for Degree Major: 41
*Engl 201A and 201B are not transferable; Engl 1A and 1B are required for transfer and for the Associate degree.
- Afram 10, Sociology of African-Americans (3)
- Afram 12, Psychology of African-Americans (3)
- Afram 16, Administration of Criminal Justice and Minority Communities (3)
- Afram 19 or Asame 19 or Natam 19 or M/Lat 6, Racism in the United States (3)
- Afram 32, African-American History: 1945 to Present (3-4)
- Comm 20, Interpersonal Communication Skills (3)
- Comm 45, Public Speaking (3)
Career opportunities may include entry-level employment in federal, state, and county agencies.