Administration of Justice - Corrections Specialization

Employment as a corrections officer has become one of the most challenging occupations in public safety! Gone are the days of the turn-key prison guard. Today's world of corrections is rapidly changing and the changes are creating local, state and federal employment opportunities in a vast array of adult corrections settings: detention centers, half-way houses, treatment units, jails and prisons. The educational skills acquired in either the certificate in corrections (44 credits) or the Associate in Applied Science degree in Administration of Justice (68 credits) will mean a higher starting salary and endless opportunities for advancement in any number of adult, youth, men's and women's correctional settings.

Program Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the ADJ Certificate will demonstrate:

  1. an in-depth knowledge of various sources of crime data (e.g. FBI-based Uniform Crime Reporting system) and analytical skills necessary to evaluate “strengths” and “weaknesses” of crime data reporting
  2. assessment skills applied to community-police programs and evaluative measures to be applied to the merits of police-sponsored community crime prevention efforts
  3. knowledge of each component of the criminal justice system—police, judiciary, corrections and protective services (private security)—and articulation of various sub-components of the criminal justice system ranging from prosecutor, defense attorney and probation-parole duties to functions performed by public safety offices such as the public defender and sheriff
  4. knowledge of the role diversity plays in decision-making at all levels of America’s criminal justice system
  5. a knowledge of the global nature of crime to include the impact of crime and the prosecution of criminal offenders who utilize not only the United States, but also international destinations from Europe to Asia to further a terrorist goal, commit cybercrime, or reap huge profits associated with criminal enterprises
  6. a knowledge of stress reduction techniques including a meaningful and consistent physical fitness conditioning program
  7. knowledge of the importance of volunteering one's talents for the overall improvement of one's community
  8. a knowledge of the need for uncompromising ethical and moral standards
  9. exemplary written and oral communication skills
  10. excellent information literacy skills

Curriculum Map

Administration of Justice graduates with the certificate in law enforcement will demonstrate: Required Course 1 Required Course 2 Required Course 3 Required Course 4 Required Course 5 Required Course 6
Outcome 1
An in-depth knowledge of various sources of crime data (e.g. FBI-based Uniform Crime Reporting system) and analytical skills necessary to evaluate “strengths” and “weaknesses” of crime data reporting.
ADJ 100 ADJ 130 ADJ 140 SOC 235 SOC 236  
Outcome 2
Assessment skills applied to community-police programs and evaluative measures to be applied to the merits of police-sponsored community crime prevention efforts.
ADJ 100 ADJ 296 ADJ 145      
Outcome 3
Knowledge of each component of the criminal justice system—police, judiciary, corrections and protective services (private security)—and articulation of various sub-components of the criminal justice system ranging from prosecutor, defense attorney and probation-parole duties to functions performed by public safety offices such as the public defender and sheriff.
ADJ 100 ADJ 140 ADJ 130 ADJ 131 SOC 235  
Outcome 4
Knowledge of the role diversity plays in decision-making at all levels of America’s criminal justice system.
ADJ 100 ADJ 145 PSY 215      
Outcome 5
A knowledge of the global nature of crime to include the impact of crime and the prosecution of criminal offenders who utilize not only the United States, but also international destinations from Europe to Asia to further a terrorist goal, commit cybercrime, or reap huge profits associated with criminal enterprises.
ADJ 100 ADJ 140 ADJ 145      
Outcome 6
A knowledge of stress reduction techniques including a meaningful and consistent physical fitness conditioning program.
ADJ 100 PSY 215        
Outcome 7
Knowledge of the importance of volunteering one's talents for the overall improvement of one's community.
ADJ 100 ADJ 296        
Outcome 8
A knowledge of the need for uncompromising ethical and moral standards.
ADJ 100 ADJ 130 ADJ 131 ADJ 227 ADJ 236  
Outcome 9
Exemplary written and oral communication skills.
ADJ 215 ADJ 100 ADJ 130 ADJ 227 ENG 111 ENG 112
Outcome 10
Excellent information literacy skills.
ADJ 100 ADJ 130 ADJ 227 SDV 100    

For more information consult the College Catalog.

First Semester    
SDV College Success Skills 1
ENG 111 College Composition I 3
SOC 200 Principles of Sociology or  
SOC 201 Intro to Sociology I* 3
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
ADJ 130 Introduction to Criminal Law 3
ADJ 140 Intro. to Corrections 3
Second Semester    
NAS 105 Natural Science Topics for Modern Society or Other approved Lab or Math course ** 3-4
ENG 112 College Composition II 3
SOC 202 Introduction to Sociology II or Approved Sophomore Level Sociology 3
ADJ 131 Legal Evidence 3
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3
ADJ 145 Corrections & Community 3
Third Semester    
PSY 200 Principles of Psychology or  
PSY 201 Intro. to Psychology 3
Elective Non-ADJ Elective 3
SPA 103 Basic Spoken Spanish  
SPA 1Approved Spanish Course 3
SOC 235 Juvenile Delinquency 3
PSY 215 Abnormal Psychology 3
Fourth Semester    
HUM 165 Controversial Issues in American Society or  
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking Approved Computer Elective*** 3
ADJ 296 Internship 3
SOC 236 Criminology 3
ADJ 215 Report Writing 3
PED/HLT Approved Wellness Elective 3

Total Minimum Credits for the Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administration of Justice 67-68

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