Criminal Justice: Institutional Corrections (formerly CORRECTIONS ADMINISTRATION)

A.A.S. Degree - Career Program

Department: Law/Criminal Justice

CIP Code: 43.0102

MCC Program Code: CJ02

NYSED Code (DCC): 87442

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75% or more of this program can be completed online.

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.

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

Distribution Requirements

Credit Hours
FIRST SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
ENG 101 College Composition OR
ENG 200 Advanced Composition
POS 102 American National Government OR HSM103. Historical and Contemporary Perspectives On Terrorism and Homeland Security3
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice3
CRJ 103 Constitutional Law and Rights of People3
SECOND SEMESTER: 17 Credit Hours
PSY 100 Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships OR
PSY 101 Introductory Psychology***
CRJ 104 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 170 Introduction to Corrections3
CRJ 204 Juvenile Justice3
THIRD SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
MTH 130 Modern Business Mathematics (or higher)****3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology3
CRJ 171 Legal Aspects of Corrections OR
CRJ 217 Community Based Corrections
FOURTH SEMESTER: 15 Credit Hours
SOC 203 Criminology3
CRJ 211 Community Values and the Administration of Justice3
CRJ 121 Criminal Justice Education Internship I 3

* ENG 105 recommended.
** SPC 141 or SPC 144 highly recommended.
*** PSY 101 highly recommended if student intends to transfer to a four-year college.
**** MTH 160 highly recommended (note prerequisites).
+ CRJ 102, 105,171, 172, 201, 203, 207, 209, 217; LAW 101, 110.
++ PEJ 101 highly recommended for corrections officer careers; PEC 148 recommended for others.

NOTE TO STUDENTS: NOTE TO STUDENTS: Students with a TRS 200 placement must register for a CRJ Learning Community: CRJ 101, CRJ 103, TRS 200 and COS 101 if not previously taken.. Students with a TRS 105 placement must register for the CRJ Learning Community: CRJ 101, CRJ 103, TRS 105 and COS 101 if not previously completed.