Associate of Science in Administration of Justice - Corrections - Not for Transfer (AS)

Division: Social Sciences

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment and/or potential further study in the field of Administration of Justice-Corrections through the study of theoretical, philosophical, and practical applications of topics related to corrections. Students will acquire skills allowing for beginning paraprofessional or professional employment in criminal justice.

Program Outcomes

  • Analyze ethical dilemmas encountered in the corrections and law enforcement fields and identify the correct ethical choice.
  • Explain the “corrections umbrella” by applying definitions, concepts, and principles to the three branches of the corrections system.
  • Exhibit strong and effective writing skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge/ability to listen and engage in verbal communication with a variety of people, taking into consideration cultural customs, beliefs, and lifestyles.

Career Opportunities

Upon successful completion of this degree, students will be prepared for careers or employment in the following fields:  county jails, halfway houses, group homes, crisis centers, juvenile hall and victim service agencies. At the state level, employment opportunities exist with the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Juvenile Justice. 


This degree is not designed for transfer; however, the courses included in this degree may be transferable and apply to other degrees designed for transfer.

General Education and Subject Requirements (25 Units)25
College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
Required Major Courses (12 Units)12
Intro to Criminal Justice *
Criminal Law 1
Juvenile Laws & Procedures
Introduction to Corrections
Restricted Electives: List A (9 Units)9
Select three of the following courses:
Juvenile Delinquency
Criminal Justice Ethics *
Correctional Law
Restricted Electives: List B (9 Units)9
Select a minimum of three additional courses from either List A or List B or a combination of both lists (for a minimum of nine units):
Constitutional Law *
Terrorism and Freedom
Criminal Justice Communication
Criminal Law 2
AJ Wrk Exp-1st Sem
AJ Work Exp-2nd Sem
AJ Wrk Exp-3rd Sem
AJ Wrk Exp-4th Sem
Electives (8-14 Units)8-14
Select additional degree-applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units. Recommended courses for electives include:
Child Development-DS 1
Child, Family & Society-DS2
Understanding Child Abuse
Sociology of Deviance

Courses meet General Education requirement and 3-9 units may double count above in COS-GE.

The Associate Degree requirements include completion of the:

  1. Required major courses and restricted elective courses with a "C" or better grade in each course (required and restricted elective courses may be substituted with the approval of the Division Chair),
  2. General Education Requirements,
  3. Subject requirements including PE, Health & Wellness, and American Institutions, and 
  4. A minimum of 60 units of degree applicable courses numbered 1-299, at least 12 of which must be taken in residence at College of the Sequoias, with a "C" (2.0) average (see COS General Education and Graduation Requirements for additional details).