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Associate of Science Degree
Corrections

The correctional program is designed to prepare students to enter the field of corrections as competent correctional officers, counselors, probation or parole aides, or paraprofessional volunteers for any correctional agency. The student may elect to transfer to a four-year college or seek entry-level employment in a correctional agency.

The courses will provide an academic as well as a practical training program. This will train persons seeking to enter the field of corrections and will increase the education of persons already employed in corrections and may also be beneficial to update the skills and knowledge of professional workers in the field of corrections.

Please contact the Student Success Team for this program if you have any questions.

Sample Education Plan

This sample education plan for the 2021-2022 catalog year represents one possible pathway through the program. Each university (UC, CSU, private, and others) has their own transfer requirements; please see a counselor to create an education plan that is customized to meet your needs. Additional course descriptions may be found in the College Catalog (in pdf or flipbook format).
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CourseUnitsTypically Offered
1st Semester
CORR 101 - Introduction to CorrectionsM3.0
CORR 101 - Introduction to Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the history and trends of adult and juvenile corrections. It focuses on probation, parole, legal issues, specific laws and the general operation of correctional institutions. The relationship between corrections and other components of the justice system is also examined. This course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) Board of the Peace Officers Association as fulfilling the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for newly-hired officers after July 1, 1995 by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation(CDCR) and California Youth Authority (CYA).

AJ 041 - Effective Written Communication for Public Service PersonnelM3.0
AJ 041 - Effective Written Communication for Public Service Personnel (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course provides Administration of Justice students an overview of writing techniques for the communication of facts and information in a criminal justice setting, including the correct usage of words and proper sentence structure. Emphasis is placed on law enforcement-specific terms, phrases, and spelling. Topics include but are not limited to crime reports, investigative follow-up reports, traffic collision reports, background investigative summations and recommendations, internal investigative summations and recommendations, press releases, and interagency criminal activity crime bulletins.

ENGL 101 - College Composition and ResearchGE3.5
ENGL 101 - College Composition and Research (3.5 units)

Prerequisite: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This composition course enables students to generate logical, coherent essays and reports necessary for academic and professional success. Students become proficient in research techniques, and learn critical reading and thinking skills through expository and persuasive reading selections before applying these skills to creating original essays and a final research paper. The lab component of the course is designed to assist students in improving and refining their writing and language skills: Students complete lab activities that enhance their ability to compose logical, well-supported arguments that exhibit grammatical fluency and correct citation styles. Students meet with composition instructors through individual conferences that address students’ specific writing concerns. This course is designed for students who wish to fulfill the general education requirement for Written Communication.

RHC GE 4 - American InstitutionsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
POLS 110, 110H;
HIST 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 170

Total Semester Units:12.5 
2nd Semester
CORR 235 - Conflict Resolution for the Correctional OfficerM3.0
CORR 235 - Conflict Resolution for the Correctional Officer (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an understanding of the types of conflict situations that may be encountered while working in a correctional facility. The following topics may be discussed as they pertain to the correctional experience: anxiety, fear, frustration, hostility, aggression, motivation and manipulation roles, racial and cultural segregation, crowd and mob interaction, alcohol, drugs, sexual problems, character, neurotic and psychotic disorders, youthful offenders, stress of incarceration, and brain disorders.

CORR 106 - Legal Aspects of CorrectionsM3.0
CORR 106 - Legal Aspects of Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CORR 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an awareness of the historical framework, concepts, and precedents that guide correctional practice. Course material broadens students’ perspectives of the corrections environment, civil rights of prisoners, and responsibilities and liabilities of corrections officials. The course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) Board of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Youth Authority (CYA), and California Correctional Peace Officers Association as fulfilling the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for newly hired officers after July 1, 1995 by CDC and CYA.

Select one: FIN 101 / MATH 150 / MATH 130 / MATH 130H / PSY 190 / MATH 062 / MATH 070 GE3.0†
Notes:
While the above course(s) are recommended, students may take any of the following courses to fulfill this requirement:  FIN 101, MATH 060, MATH 062, MATH 070, MATH 073, MATH 130/H, MATH 140, MATH 150, MATH 160, MATH 170,  MATH 175, MATH 180, MATH 190/H, PSY 190.

FIN 101 - Introduction to Financial Planning (3.0 units)

Advisory: READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course provides an overview of the fundamentals of financial planning, and is designed to provide students with tools needed to achieve their personal financial goals. Students will learn to make informed decisions related to spending, saving, borrowing, and investing by applying quantitative reasoning concepts. Course topics include the financial planning process, budgeting, cash flow, debt consolidation, investing, and retirement planning.

MATH 150 - Survey of Mathematics (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 070 or MATH 070CD or MATH 073 or MATH 073B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate assessment; READ 043 or appropriate assessment
Transfers to: CSU, UC

In this course students will learn to read and understand quantitative information, solve practical problems, and make sound decisions using numbers. Topics include consumer applications, logic, probability, statistics, algebra, and geometry. This course is for students who need a quantitative reasoning course for graduation or transfer.

MATH 130 - Statistics (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 or appropriate placement; READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*crdit limit),CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests.

MATH 130H - Statistics Honors (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or MATH 073B with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement; Minimum GPA of 3.0; ENGL 101
Advisory: READ 101 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (8credit limit), CSU
(*Students will receive credit for only one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H)

This course is designed for students majoring in business, social sciences, and life sciences. This course provides an overview of descriptive and inferential statistics. The students learn to read, interpret and present data in a well-organized way. This includes frequency distributions, graphs, measures of central tendency and variability, correlation and linear regression. While discussing inferential statistics, the students learn to make generalizations about populations. This includes probability, sampling techniques, confidence intervals, and hypothesis tests. This course is intended for students who meet Honors Program requirements.

PSY 190 - Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 062 or MATH 070 or MATH 070D or MATH 073 or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 101 and READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (*credit limit), CSU
(*The UC will grant credit for onlky one of the following courses: MATH 130 or MATH 130H or PSY 190)

This course provides an overview of the types of statistics that are important in the behavioral sciences. The main focus of this course is on hypothesis testing and the statistics that are used to analyze it. Students will learn to present and interpret experimental data from the behavioral sciences. Topics covered include basic probability, measures of central tendency, measures of variance, sampling, and inferential statistics. This course is designed for students majoring in psychology, sociology, political science, and anthropology. NOTE: MATH 62 or MATH 73 can be used to fulfill the prerequisite requirement for this class. Some majors require that students take MATH 73 (not MATH 62) and others do not. Students should see a counselor to determine which pathway will work best for them.

MATH 062 - Pre-Statistics (5.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 053 or MATH 053B or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement

This course surveys a variety of mathematical topics to prepare students for college-level statistics. Topics include data analysis using ratios, rates and proportional reasoning, graphical and tabular displays of data, measures of central tendency and spread, computing probabilities, describing associations of two variables graphically, graphing equations of lines and linear models, and solving linear equations and inequalities. The course is for students in liberal arts, humanities, and social sciences majors. It should not be taken by students majoring in science, technology, engineering, math, or business.

MATH 070 - Intermediate Algebra (4.0 units)

Prerequisite: MATH 050 or MATH 050D or MATH 053 with a grade of "C" or better or appropriate placement
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU if taken prior to the Fall Semester, 1988

This course is designed for students who have completed an elementary algebra course and need to complete an additional course in algebra before proceeding to a college level transferable course. This course is a study of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, systems of linear equations, polynomials, exponents and radicals, relations and functions, graphs of functions, exponential and logarithmic expressions and their applications. Students may enroll in MATH 070 in a lecture section for four units of credit or in individual one-unit modules: MATH 070A, 070B, 070C, and 070D in the Math and Science Center (MSC) or online. Modularized courses in the MSC must be taken sequentially over a maximum period of 24 months.

RHC GE 7a - Fine ArtsGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
ART 101, 104, 105, 105H, 106, 106H, 107, 108, 109, 110, 112, 113, 115, 120, 130, 135, 140;
DANC 179, 179H, 199, 199H;
GDSN 110:
MUS 101, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 135, 136, 141;
MUST 151;
PHTO 110, 130;
THTR 101, 105, 105H, 110

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:15.0† 
Summer 1
RHC GE 8b - Communication/Analytical ThinkingGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units.

Select one:
CIT 101, 125, 135;
ENGL 125, 201, 201H;
FIN 101;
GIS 120;
LIB 101;
MATH 130, 130H, 140, 150, 160, 170, 175, 180, 190, 190H, 191, 250, 251, 260, 270;
PHIL 110, 110H, 112, 112H, 115;
PSY 190;
SPCH 100, 101, 101H, 140;
READ 101;
VOCB 101

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:6.0† 
3rd Semester
CORR 104 - Control and Supervision in CorrectionsM3.0
CORR 104 - Control and Supervision in Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CORR 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of supervision of inmates in local, state, and federal correctional institutions. The issues of control in a continuum form of institutional daily living through crisis situations are introduced and discussed. The course emphasizes the role played by the offender and the correctional worker. Topics include inmate subculture, violence and the effects of crowding on inmates and staff, and coping techniques for correctional officers in a hostile prison environment. The causes and effects of abusive tactics are also discussed. This course has been identified by the Correctional Peace Officer Standards and Training (CPOST) Board of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), California Youth Authority (CYA), and California Correctional Peace Officers Association as fulfilling the educational requirements of the CPOST Certificate for newly-hired officers after July 1, 1995 by CDCR and CYA.

Select one: AJ 101 / AJ 102 / AJ 104 / AJ 105 / AJ 106 / AJ 107 / AJ 207 / AJ 208 / AJ 215 / AJ 228 / AJ 250 / AJ 275 / CORR 208 / CORR 209 / CORR 210 / CORR 264 / CORR 265 / CORR 290 M3.0
AJ 101 - Introduction to Administration of Justice (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system of the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the criminal justice system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped these principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the justice system of the United States, and particularly the structure and function of the police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.

AJ 102 - Criminal Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth study of the legal responsibilities of law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on the judicial segment of the administration of justice system. Topics include laws of arrest, custody, and analyses of the past, present, and future procedures for each subsystem within the administration of justice system, from initial entry to final disposition. The relationship each segment maintains with system members is also covered.

AJ 104 - Legal Aspects of Evidence (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth study of evidence rules. Emphasis is placed on the application of rules in preparing and presenting evidence. The course will discuss the history and approach to the study of evidence. Topics include proof by evidence and substitutes, general admissibility tests, evidence by way of witness testimony, documents, real evidence, and exclusion of evidence on constitutional grounds. For a better understanding of the evidence rules, judicial decisions are cited, and students are required to brief cases.

AJ 105 - Community Relations/Multicultural Issues Within Public Service (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Topics covered may include crime prevention, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and ethics.

AJ 106 - Criminal Law I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AJ 101, or completion of PAC 040 or equivalent
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU (*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following courses: AJ 106 or AJ 107)

This course presents an analysis of the doctrines of criminal liability in the United States and takes up the classification of crimes against persons, property, morals, and public welfare. Special emphasis is placed on the classification and general elements of crime, the definitions of common and statutory law, and the nature of acceptable evidence. The course utilizes case law and case studies to introduce students to criminal law, and its successful completion is a foundation upon which more advanced criminal justice courses will build. The course also includes some limited discussion of prosecution and defense decision making, criminal culpability, and defenses to crimes.

AJ 107 - Criminal Law II (3.0 units)

Advisory: AJ 101 or completion of PAC 040 or equivalent, ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU (*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following courses: AJ 106 or AJ 107)

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of criminal statutes and their definition. Topics include classification as applied to the system of administration of justice and crimes against persons and property. General statutes, health and safety statutes, and other state and federal laws are discussed.

AJ 207 - Juvenile Law and Procedure (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide Administration of Justice or other interested students with techniques for handling juvenile offenders and victims. Emphasis is placed on the prevention and repression of delinquency, diagnosis and referral of juvenile offenders, and organization of community resources. Juvenile law and juvenile court procedures are contrasted with adult law procedures.

AJ 208 - Principles of Investigation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime. The topics covered include the organization of the investigative process, crime scene searches, interviewing and interrogating, surveillance, source of information, utility of evidence, scientific analysis of evidence, and the role of the investigator in the trial process.

AJ 215 - Vice and Narcotics Control (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of code and case law of vice and narcotics. The course will focus on detection, suppression, apprehension, and prosecution of violators. Special emphasis will be placed on laws dealing with gambling, prostitution, sex crimes, narcotic identification, and search and seizure.

AJ 228 - Police Field Operations (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the history and development of police field operations. Particular emphasis is placed on planning field activities. Topics include the functions of patrol, traffic, and other preliminary investigative duties of the field officer. The techniques of planning for patrol operations and handling requests for service, vehicular traffic-related problems, and civil and domestic disturbances are also presented.

AJ 250 - Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101; AJ 102
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide Administration of Justice or other interested students with an in-depth understanding of personal and organizational values, beliefs, attitudes and ethics as they affect contemporary issues in the criminal justice system. Particular emphasis is placed on the historical foundations that serve as a basis for contemporary decision making. Specific issues taken up in discussions will vary from semester to semester.

AJ 275 - Introduction to Forensic Science (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course prepares administration of justice, forensic science, and California peace officer students for the Forensic Science Identification Program. The course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations, examining methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents, and controlled substances.

CORR 208 - Leadership in Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the skills needed to be an effective leader in a correctional setting. Topics addressed include the unique challenges faced by executives managing in prison settings, approaches to ensuring the creation and maintenance of a safe prison environment, and techniques for personnel development.

CORR 209 - Case Load Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course introduces students to effective caseload management in a correctional setting. Topics include the laws, policies, and bargaining units that govern caseload management. Specialized supervision issues, such as offenders with psychological problems and second strike offenders, are also addressed.

CORR 210 - Supervision in Public Safety (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the characteristics of an effective supervisor in a correctional setting. Topics include basic supervisory responsibilities, the importance of effective interpersonal communications, and managing personnel complaints in a prison setting.

CORR 264 - Inmate Discipline in Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the correctional process of inmate discipline. Topics covered include due process, disciplinary process, disciplinary reports, findings, and disposition. The curriculum covered is recommended by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

CORR 265 - Supervision of Sex Offenders (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide California Peace Officers or other interested students with instruction into the correctional process of supervision of inmates who have been convicted of sex offenses. Topics include human sexuality and dysfunctions, theories of sexual offense, offender typologies and supervision techniques. The curriculum follows that recommended by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and the California Corrections Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

CORR 290 - Public Safety Communications (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide California Peace Officers or other interested students with an in-depth understanding of public safety communication in the Correctional field. Topics include techniques of effectively communicating facts of information and ideas in a clear and logical manner for public safety reports. Students will gain practical experience in interviewing, note taking, report writing, and testifying.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

RHC GE 6 - Social and Behavioral ScienceGE3.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one:
AJ 101
ANTH 102, 102H, 103, 104, 110, 115, 125;
CD 106, 208;
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150;
ECON 101, 101H, 102, 102H, 106, 135;
EGSS 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 102, 103;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130;
KIN 170, 190, 195
MSCM 128;
PHIL 128, 128H, 135;
POLS 110, 110H, 115, 125, 128, 128H, 130, 135,140,150;
PSY 101, 101H, 112, 114, 170, 180, 200;
SOC 101, 101H, 102, 105, 110, 114, 116, 120, 127, 130, 148, 148H;
SPCH 150

RHC GE 7b - HumanitiesGE3.0†

Notes:
All honors courses have a prerequisite.
† some classes may have higher units. 

Select one:
ASL 101, 124, 201, 202;
CHIN 101, 102;
CHST 101, 146, 148, 148H, 150;
EGSS 130;
ENGL 126, 131;
FR 101, 102, 201, 202;
HIST 101, 102, 122, 131, 143, 143H, 144, 144H, 156, 157, 158, 159, 159H, 167, 170;
HUM 110, 111, 125, 125H, 130, 140;
JAPN 101, 102;
LATN 101, 102;
LIT 102, 102H, 112A, 112AH, 112B, 112BH, 114, 114H, 117, 117H, 130, 130H,140, 140H, 141, 142, 142H, 144A, 144B, 145, 145H, 146A, 146AH, 146B, 146BH, 147, 147H, 148, 149;
MSCM 128;
PHIL 101, 101H, 120, 124, 126, 128, 128H, 135, 140;
POLS 128, 128H, 150;
SOC 148, 148H;
SPAN 101, 101S, 102, 102S, 201, 201H, 202;
SPCH 130, 132;

Total Semester Units:13.0† 
4th Semester
CORR 134 - Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling Skills for Correctional OfficersM3.0
CORR 134 - Introduction to Interviewing and Counseling Skills for Correctional Officers (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; CORR 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an introduction to and overview of the interviewing techniques and counseling skills employed by correctional officers. An overview of the interviewing and counseling techniques used by entry-level practitioners in a correctional setting is provided. Emphasis is placed on the development of positive relationships between the inmate client and support personnel.

Select one: AJ 101 / AJ 102 / AJ 104 / AJ 105 / AJ 106 / AJ 107 / AJ 207 / AJ 208 / AJ 215 / AJ 228 / AJ 250 / AJ 275 / CORR 208 / CORR 209 / CORR 210 / CORR 264 / CORR 265 / CORR 290 M3.0
AJ 101 - Introduction to Administration of Justice (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course introduces students to the characteristics of the criminal justice system of the United States. Focus is placed on examining crime measurement, theoretical explanations of crime, responses to crime, components of the criminal justice system, and current challenges to the system. The course examines the evolution of the principles and approaches utilized by the justice system and the evolving forces which have shaped these principles and approaches. Although justice structure and process is examined in a cross-cultural context, emphasis is placed on the justice system of the United States, and particularly the structure and function of the police, courts, and corrections. Students are introduced to the origins and development of criminal law, legal process, sentencing, and incarceration policies.

AJ 102 - Criminal Procedures (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth study of the legal responsibilities of law enforcement. Emphasis is placed on the judicial segment of the administration of justice system. Topics include laws of arrest, custody, and analyses of the past, present, and future procedures for each subsystem within the administration of justice system, from initial entry to final disposition. The relationship each segment maintains with system members is also covered.

AJ 104 - Legal Aspects of Evidence (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth study of evidence rules. Emphasis is placed on the application of rules in preparing and presenting evidence. The course will discuss the history and approach to the study of evidence. Topics include proof by evidence and substitutes, general admissibility tests, evidence by way of witness testimony, documents, real evidence, and exclusion of evidence on constitutional grounds. For a better understanding of the evidence rules, judicial decisions are cited, and students are required to brief cases.

AJ 105 - Community Relations/Multicultural Issues Within Public Service (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: UC, CSU

This course examines the complex, dynamic relationship between communities and the justice system in addressing crime and conflict with an emphasis on the challenges and prospects of administering justice within a diverse multicultural population. Topics covered may include crime prevention, restorative justice, conflict resolution, and ethics.

AJ 106 - Criminal Law I (3.0 units)

Prerequisite: AJ 101, or completion of PAC 040 or equivalent
Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU (*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following courses: AJ 106 or AJ 107)

This course presents an analysis of the doctrines of criminal liability in the United States and takes up the classification of crimes against persons, property, morals, and public welfare. Special emphasis is placed on the classification and general elements of crime, the definitions of common and statutory law, and the nature of acceptable evidence. The course utilizes case law and case studies to introduce students to criminal law, and its successful completion is a foundation upon which more advanced criminal justice courses will build. The course also includes some limited discussion of prosecution and defense decision making, criminal culpability, and defenses to crimes.

AJ 107 - Criminal Law II (3.0 units)

Advisory: AJ 101 or completion of PAC 040 or equivalent, ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: UC (credit limit*), CSU (*Students will receive credit from UC for only one of the following courses: AJ 106 or AJ 107)

This course provides students with a comprehensive overview of criminal statutes and their definition. Topics include classification as applied to the system of administration of justice and crimes against persons and property. General statutes, health and safety statutes, and other state and federal laws are discussed.

AJ 207 - Juvenile Law and Procedure (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide Administration of Justice or other interested students with techniques for handling juvenile offenders and victims. Emphasis is placed on the prevention and repression of delinquency, diagnosis and referral of juvenile offenders, and organization of community resources. Juvenile law and juvenile court procedures are contrasted with adult law procedures.

AJ 208 - Principles of Investigation (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course addresses the techniques, procedures, and ethical issues in the investigation of crime. The topics covered include the organization of the investigative process, crime scene searches, interviewing and interrogating, surveillance, source of information, utility of evidence, scientific analysis of evidence, and the role of the investigator in the trial process.

AJ 215 - Vice and Narcotics Control (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an in-depth understanding of code and case law of vice and narcotics. The course will focus on detection, suppression, apprehension, and prosecution of violators. Special emphasis will be placed on laws dealing with gambling, prostitution, sex crimes, narcotic identification, and search and seizure.

AJ 228 - Police Field Operations (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the history and development of police field operations. Particular emphasis is placed on planning field activities. Topics include the functions of patrol, traffic, and other preliminary investigative duties of the field officer. The techniques of planning for patrol operations and handling requests for service, vehicular traffic-related problems, and civil and domestic disturbances are also presented.

AJ 250 - Contemporary Issues in the Criminal Justice System (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101; AJ 102
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide Administration of Justice or other interested students with an in-depth understanding of personal and organizational values, beliefs, attitudes and ethics as they affect contemporary issues in the criminal justice system. Particular emphasis is placed on the historical foundations that serve as a basis for contemporary decision making. Specific issues taken up in discussions will vary from semester to semester.

AJ 275 - Introduction to Forensic Science (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course prepares administration of justice, forensic science, and California peace officer students for the Forensic Science Identification Program. The course provides an introduction to the role of forensics in criminal investigations, examining methods utilized in the forensic analysis of crime scenes, pattern evidence, instruments, firearms, questioned documents, and controlled substances.

CORR 208 - Leadership in Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the skills needed to be an effective leader in a correctional setting. Topics addressed include the unique challenges faced by executives managing in prison settings, approaches to ensuring the creation and maintenance of a safe prison environment, and techniques for personnel development.

CORR 209 - Case Load Management (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course introduces students to effective caseload management in a correctional setting. Topics include the laws, policies, and bargaining units that govern caseload management. Specialized supervision issues, such as offenders with psychological problems and second strike offenders, are also addressed.

CORR 210 - Supervision in Public Safety (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the characteristics of an effective supervisor in a correctional setting. Topics include basic supervisory responsibilities, the importance of effective interpersonal communications, and managing personnel complaints in a prison setting.

CORR 264 - Inmate Discipline in Corrections (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course provides students with an overview of the correctional process of inmate discipline. Topics covered include due process, disciplinary process, disciplinary reports, findings, and disposition. The curriculum covered is recommended by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST).

CORR 265 - Supervision of Sex Offenders (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide California Peace Officers or other interested students with instruction into the correctional process of supervision of inmates who have been convicted of sex offenses. Topics include human sexuality and dysfunctions, theories of sexual offense, offender typologies and supervision techniques. The curriculum follows that recommended by the California Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training and the California Corrections Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training.

CORR 290 - Public Safety Communications (3.0 units)

Advisory: ENGL 035 or ENLA 100 or appropriate placement; READ 043 or appropriate placement; AJ 101
Transfers to: CSU

This course is designed to provide California Peace Officers or other interested students with an in-depth understanding of public safety communication in the Correctional field. Topics include techniques of effectively communicating facts of information and ideas in a clear and logical manner for public safety reports. Students will gain practical experience in interviewing, note taking, report writing, and testifying.

RHC GE 3 - Physical EducationGE1.0

Select one: KINA or DANC activity course.
Students who have completed a Fire, Police, Wildland Fire, or Corrections Academy from an accredited institution are automatically waived from this requirement, as are students with a DD214 on file. Exemption may be granted to those students physically unable to complete this requirement. Exemption forms are available in Student Health & Psychological Services.

RHC GE 5 - Natural Science with LabGE4.0

Note: All honors courses have a prerequisite.

Select one Natural Science with Lab:
ANTH 101, 101H & 101L;
ASTR 110, 110H & 112;
BIOL 101, 105 & 105L, 111 & 111L, 112, 120 & 120L;
BIOT 100;
CHEM 110, 120, 130;
GEOG 101 & 101L;
GEOL 150 & 151, 152 & 152L;
PHY 120, 150, 160, 211, 212, 213

ElectiveEL3.0

Select any course that is numbered 40 or above. Please see a counselor to discuss course options.

Total Semester Units:14.0 
Total Units for Corrections AS program 60.5† 
Notes:
AP exams and courses taken outside of Rio Hondo College may fulfill general education and/or major requirements. Please check with a counselor.
Legend:
Some classes may have higher units
M Major course; course may also meet a general education requirement
GEGeneral Education course
ELElective Course
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Program Learning Outcomes

1

Students will apply legal definitions, concepts, and principles to law enforcement, courts, or correctional settings.


2

Students will communicate information in a clear and organized manner.


3

Students will analyze ethical dilemmas encountered in the law enforcement and/or corrections fields and decide on the correct ethical choice.


4

Students will apply constitutional, statutory, procedural, and case law to real-life criminal justice situations.


5

Students will adapt to the diverse and multicultural nature of American society in the criminal justice setting.


6

Students will use the degree or certificate as a platform for a career in the criminal justice field or further study at a four-year institution.


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