Administration of Justice: Corrections Science (400-01)

Award: Associate of Applied Science Degree

Major: Administration of Justice

Specialization: Corrections Science

Length: Variable (Designed for both part-time and full-time students)

Lead Faculty/Program Head: Joseph DeStefano

Purpose: The curriculum in either the Corrections or Police Science Specialization has been developed and maintained in cooperation with
state and local correctional and police officials. The Administration of Justice curriculum with its specializations was designed to provide a broad foundation
which will prepare the student to enter any of the varied fields of corrections and/or law enforcement, or to advance professionally within them.

Occupational Objectives

Students receiving an associate degree in Administration of Justice will have a wide variety of occupational choices, some of which are listed below:

  • Local Correctional Officer
  • State Correctional Officer
  • Federal Correctional Officer
  • State Probation and Parole Officer
  • Federal Probation and Parole Officer
  • City or Town Police Officer
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • State Police
  • Position with Federal Law Enforcement Agencies
  • Commercial and Industrial Security Officer

Additional professional training will be required for some of the above careers.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the admission requirements established for the College, entry into this curriculum requires proficiency in high school English and mathematics. Students who do not have an appropriate background in high school English and mathematics may need to correct their deficiencies.

A personal interview with the Program Head of the Administration of Justice curriculum is required. Students are advised that many criminal justice agencies require excellent moral character and a written record of conduct prior to consideration for employment.

Program Requirements

Approximately one-half of the curriculum will include courses in Corrections or Law Enforcement with the remaining courses in related subjects. Instruction will include both theoretical concepts and practical applications needed for future success in Corrections or Law Enforcement.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the AAS Administration of Justice Program, students will be able to:

  1. Collect, analyze, and interpret mathematical formulas, models, tables and schematics.
  2. Use quantitative information and/or mathematical analysis to obtain sound results and recognize questionable assumptions.
  3. Communicate about science using appropriate oral and written means.
  4. Demonstrate ethical standards during pre-employment interviews, work, and life situations.
  5. Apply listening skills while attending police/correctional academies, obeying orders, and conducting investigations.
  6. Demonstrate policy analysis by following departmental policies, changing policies and making recommendations.
  7. Appraise their personal educational goals through their experiences as applied to employment.
  8. Restate basic guarantees of liberty in the U.S. Constitution such as the rights of free speech, press, assembly, as well as
    procedure guarantees to counsel, jury trial, and habeas corpus.
  9. Argue an understanding of the scope of crime and various theories to explain the causation of crime and criminality.
  10. Illustrate an understanding of the concepts of normal and abnormal behavior, including focuses on the psychological and sociological aspects of criminal and other deviant behavior patterns.
  11. Demonstrate an ability to write clearly and accurately about the administration of justice process using an appropriate vocabulary.
  12. Demonstrate critical and analytical thinking about issues in the administration of justice system.

In addition to the Administration of Justice student learning outcomes, student completing various specializations will be able to:

Specialization Corrections Science (400-01): Demonstrate an understanding of the United States criminal justice system including the major system components — law enforcement, judiciary, and corrections.

Course Schedule

Sample Schedule

Fall Term
ADJ 100 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
ADJ 107 Survey of Criminology 3
ENG 111/101 English Composition I/Practical Writing I 3
ITE 115 Intro. to Computer Applications and Concepts 3
SDV 108 College Survival Skills 2
Total 14

Spring Term
ADJ 145 Corrections and the Community 3
ADJ 247 Criminal Behavior 3
HLT/PED Elective Health/Physical Education 1
Social Science Elective ECO, HIS, PLS, PSY, or SOC 3
Elective General Elective 3
Total 13

Summer Term
ADJ Elective2 3
ADJ Elective2 3
ADJ 298 Seminar and Project in Admin. of Justice 4
Total 10

Fall Term
ADJ 245 Management of Correctional Facilities 3
ADJ 248 Probation, Parole and Treatment 3
HLT/PED Elective Health/Physical Education 1
MTH Elective MTH 115, 121, 151, 163, or 240 3
CST 100 Principles of Public Speaking 3
Total 13

Spring Term
ADJ 227 Constitutional Law for Justice Personnel 3
PHI 115 Practical Reasoning1 3
Elective General Elective2 3
Elective General Elective2 3
Elective General Elective2 3
Total 15
Minimum Credits Required 65

1PHI 115 is a core competency capstone course and should be taken in
the student’s last spring semester before graduation.
2The Corrections Science Degree has been designed to accommodate
transfer to Norfolk State University or Old Dominion University. It is
the responsibility of the student and the student’s academic advisor
to coordinate elective course work that best meets the transfer
requirements to a particular 4-year college or university. While not all
students desire transfer to a 4-year college or university, it is sound
academic planning that would allow for transfer.