Administration of Justice - Correctional Science

Correctional Science AS Degree

The Administration of Justice Correctional Science degree is designed to provide the student with option of emphasizing their program of study in the correctional science field. This program provides introductory and journey level course work in corrections for local, state, federal and private levels of correctional enterprise levels. This program enhances student development with philosophical, statutory, and practical background necessary to successfully compete in a technologically advance competitive, and rewarding career field. The following have been recognized as core course requirements by the Commission on Correctional Peace Officers Standards and Training (STC) for all new apprentices (entry-level) hired with the Department of Corrections and Department of Youth Authority after July 1, 1995.

Program Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Students will describe the components of the Corrections System in the U.S.
  2. Students will explain the components of the criminal justice system.
  3. Students will complete correct documents used in corrections using the proper format and citations. This includes reports, memos, and legal briefs.
  4. Students will explain the constitutional rights afforded inmates who are incarcerated and in the community correction systems.
  5. Students will chart the appeals process of a convicted person through the state court system through the federal court system.
  6. Students will compare and contrast the methods of counseling used in criminal rehabilitation programs.

Students must fulfill the following requirements to qualify for an Associate Degree:

    • Complete the Local General Education, CSU General Education (CSUGE) or Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) requirements,
    • Complete a minimum of 18 additional units from the major list below,
    • Complete electives to reach a total of 60-degree applicable units,
    • Earn a grade of C or better in each major course,
    • Maintain a minimum cumulative G.P.A. of 2.00, and
    • Complete the English and math proficiency requirements with a C or better
Course # Title Units
Required Core Courses (18 Units)
AOJ 003 Introduction to Corrections 3
AOJ 004 Control & Supervision of Inmates 3
AOJ 006 Correctional Interviewing and Counseling 3
AOJ 007 Legal Aspects of Corrections 3
AOJ 012 Written Criminal Justice Communications 3
AOJ 020 Criminal Law 3
Plus 3 units from the courses listed below:
AOJ 016 Human and Community Relations in Criminal Justice 3
AOJ 024 Criminal Investigation 3
AOJ 029 Criminology 3
AOJ 032 Juvenile Delinquency 3
Total 21