CRIMINAL JUSTICE – CORRECTIONS A.A.S.

The Criminal Justice: Corrections A.A.S. program builds a critical foundation for employment in the field of institutional or community-based corrections. A strong base also in social and behavioral science curriculum will be provided. The program is devised for students to transfer to a four-year institution offering a criminal justice or closely related major if desired.

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CORRECTIONS PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

  • Identify the various components of the criminal justice system and how each component interacts.
  • Describe the structure and varied functions of the correctional system.
  • Identify current trends in institutional and community-based corrections.
  • Apply correctional theory and law to real world scenarios within institutional and community-based corrections.
  • Identify factors relating to juveniles and crime, current trends and issues relating to juvenile justice, and treatment and rehabilitation of juveniles including alternative and diversion programs.
  • Understand and identify current practices in corrections administration.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

Career opportunities will vary included, but not limited to: Local, state and federal correctional institutions as Correction Officers, Supervisor of Correctional Officers, juvenile detention centers, and positions within alternative programs such as Victims’ Advocate, Case Management, or Case Counselor. Community-based correction positions such as Probation Officer or Parole Officer begins with an A.A.S. at Cayuga, however will require transfer to a four-year institution for additional education.

NOTE: Civil service exams are required for most institutional correctional positions as well as certain physical requirements and an extensive background investigation.

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENT(S)

The candidate for the Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice: Corrections must meet the following requirements:

  • Completion of all required credits – 63 total
  • Cumulative average of no less than a 2.0

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

COURSES CREDIT HOURS
FIRST SEMESTER
ENGL 101 Freshman English I 3
C.J. 111 Intro to Justice Systems 3
C.J. 115 Criminal Law 3
PSY 101 Intro Psychology 3
Math/Science 3
Health 1
Physical Education 1
17
SECOND SEMESTER
ENGL 102
OR
ENGL 270
Freshman English II
OR
Technical Writing
3
C.J. 112 Org/Admin of Justice Systems 3
SOC 101 Intro Sociology 3
Behavioral Sciences 3
Math/Science 3
Physical Education 1
16
THIRD SEMESTER
ENGL 221
OR
ENGL 222
Effective Speech: Public Address
OR
Effective Speech: Group Discussion
3
C.J. 117 Juvenile Delinquency 3
C.J. 121 Institutional Corrections 3
Behavioral/Social Sciences 3
Elective 3
15
FOURTH SEMESTER
C.J. 211 Case Studies in Criminal Behavior 3
C.J. 213 Community Corrections 3
C.J. 220 Criminology 3
Electives 6
16
TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 63