Associate of Science in Administration of Justice - Corrections (AS)

Division: Social Sciences

This degree prepares students for entry-level employment in the field of Administration of Justice -Corrections through the study of sentencing, jails, prisons and community corrections. Students will acquire skills in theoretical, philosophical, and practical applications of topics related to corrections and will acquire skills appropriate 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. Note: Each corrections, probation and parole agency has specific employment and training requirements.


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.

 Program Requirements

College of the Sequoias' Associate Degree General Education (COS-GE) *
AJ 011Introduction to Criminal Justice *3
AJ 014Criminal Law 13
AJ 111Criminal Justice Communication3
AJ 121Introduction to Corrections3
Select three of the following courses:
AJ 113Juvenile Laws & Procedures3
AJ 114Juvenile Delinquency3
AJ 117Correctional Counseling3
AJ 123Criminal Justice Ethics *3
AJ 130Correctional Law3
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):
AJ 025Constitutional Law *3
AJ 045Terrorism and Freedom3
AJ 115Criminal Law 23
WEXP 193 JAJ Wrk Exp-1st Sem1-4
WEXP 194 JAJ Work Exp-2nd Sem1-4
WEXP 195 JAJ Wrk Exp-3rd Sem1-4
WEXP 196 JAJ Wrk Exp-4th Sem1-4
Select additional degree-applicable courses numbered 1-299 to achieve 60 units. Recommended courses for electives include:
CHLD 039Child Development-DS 13
CHLD 042Child, Family & Society-DS23
CHLD 134Understanding Child Abuse3
SOC 043Sociology of Deviance3

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 Associate Degree Requirements for additional details).