CRIMINAL JUSTICE: INSTITUTIONAL CORRECTIONS

A.A.S. DEGREE

Description
The Institutional Corrections option of the Criminal Justice Program is designed to meet the needs of individuals interested in pursuing a career in corrections. It emphasizes correctional theory, law and procedure, as well as applied social and behavioral science. Graduates may qualify for employment at federal, state, and county correctional facilities as correctional officers or supervisors, provided they meet standard physical and moral standards. These positions may also require graduates to pass a qualifying civil service exam for employment. This program includes an internship component.

Readmitted students who have not attended for 3 years (6 semesters) will be readmitted under the current program requirements.
(Housed in the Law and Criminal Justice Department)


Program Learning Outcomes
1) Describe the structure and functions of the law enforcement component of the criminal justice system.
2) Describe the structure and functions of the courts component of the criminal justice system.
3) Describe the structure and functions of the corrections component of the criminal justice system.
4) Explain post-conviction options in the corrections system.
5) Explain the impact of various correctional philosophies in the corrections system.
6) Explain the interactions of law enforcement courts corrections and the community in addressing crime in society.
7) Explain core principles of law and justice as they apply to the roles of citizen and criminal justice professional.
8) Apply the appropriate principles of law and justice to situations that are encountered in the criminal justice professions.
9) Identify appropriate responses to ethical issues encountered in the criminal justice professions.
10) Identify criminal justice career options and their required qualifications.
11) Develop career-related competencies through workplace experience.


Requirements for Program Entrance
Algebra (1 year high school math or placement into Level 4 Math at MCC).


    Distribution RequirementsCredit Hours
      FIRST SEMESTER: 15-16 Credit Hours

      ENG 101 College Composition OR
      ENG 200 Advanced Composition
      3
      NATURAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE
      3-4
    CRJ 170 Introduction of Corrections 3
      CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
      3
      CRJ 103 Constitutional Law and Rights of People
      3
      Total
      15-16
      SECOND SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours

      PSY 100 Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships OR
      PSY 101 Introductory Psychology***
      3
    CRJ 171 Legal Aspects of Corrections 3
    CRJ 172 Institutional Procedures and Treatment of Inmates 3
    POS 102 American National Government OR HSM103 Historical and Contemporary Perspectives On Terrorism and Homeland Security 3
    CRJ 204 Juvenile Justice 3
      PEJ 101 Physical Fitness I - Criminal Justice
      2
      Total
      17
      THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

      MTH 130 Modern Business Mathematics or higher****
      3
    CRJ 217 Community Based Corrections 3
      SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
      3
      HUMANITIES ELECTIVE**
      3
    LITERATURE ELECTIVE* 3
      Total
      15
      FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours

      SOC 203 Criminology
      3
      CRJ 211 Community Values and the Administration of Justice
      3
      CRJ 121 Criminal Justice Education Internship I
      3
      CRIMINAL JUSTICE ELECTIVE+
      3
      ELECTIVE
      3
      Total
      15
      TOTAL CREDITS
      62-63

    * ENG 105 recommended.
    ** SPC 141, SPC 142 or SPC 144 recommended.
    *** PSY 101 highly recommended if student intends to transfer to a four-year college.
    **** MTH 160 highly recommended (note prerequisites).
    + CRJ 102, CRJ 104, 105, 201, 203, 207, 209; LAW 101, 110.
NOTE TO STUDENTS: Students with a TRS 200 placement must register for specific CRJ/TRS Learning Community sections: CRJ 101, CRJ 103, TRS 200 and COS 101 if not previously taken. Students with a TRS 105 placement must register for specific CRJ/TRS Learning Community sections: CRJ 101, CRJ 103, TRS 105 and COS 101 if not previously completed.