Degree: Associate of Applied Science in Protective Services Technology in Corrections Science
Length: Four-semester (two-year) program
Purpose: The associate degree program will produce correctional staff personnel who possess both a knowledge of the operational aspects of the corrections field and an understanding of the methods used to manage, treat, and counsel inmates.
Occupational Objectives: Local, State and Federal Corrections Officers, Community Corrections
Admission Requirements: In addition to the general requirements for admission to the college, entry into the Corrections Science program requires the following:
- A personal interview with a member of the Administration of Justice Faculty.
- Competency in English and Math Essentials MTE 1-3 as demonstrated through the placement and diagnostic tests, or by satisfactorily completing the required MTE units or equivalent.
- Other factors to consider are physical condition, hearing, color vision, sight, weight, and moral character.
Program Requirements: Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in Administration of Justice with the remaining courses in related areas, general education, and electives. Instruction will include both the theoretical concepts and the practical applications needed for future success in corrections or related activities. Students are urged to consult with their faculty advisor and the Student Services Office in planning their program and selecting electives. Upon satisfactory completion of the four-semester program, the graduate will be awarded the Associate of Applied Science Degree with a major in Corrections Science.
A coordinated internship is required of all students working toward the Associate Degree in Corrections Science unless waived by the college in lieu of approved course work, provided student is or has been employed by a criminal justice agency. The program is designed to broaden the classroom experience through assignment in public governmental criminal justice agencies for 180 hours during one semester. Students should gain first-hand knowledge and greater understanding of the network of criminal justice agencies and of how they serve the community. Students should also integrate and apply knowledge, theory, and understanding derived from foundation courses to the practical solutions to problems encountered during their internship.
The following list is a suggested sequence in which students may plan their class schedules to ensure graduation in two years.