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Criminal Justice Corrections - Associate in Applied Arts

If you are someone who believes in helping others positively change their behavior and are interested in the field of corrections, a Criminal Justice degree might be for you. 

Successful corrections officers rely on strong communication skills. They must be persuasive and able to use non-physical restraining techniques. In some instances, physical restraint might be necessary.

Daily duties include being responsible for the security of the offender, the public and the facility.

About the program

Courses are taught by experts in the field, who stress the need for excellent communication and decision-making skills, as well as the importance of understanding the legal concerns for those responsible for the restraint and incarceration of offenders.

Students who successfully complete the Corrections Program in Criminal Justice are prepared to work as corrections officers in prisons and jails or as juvenile care workers. Students often transfer credits to a four-year university to complete a bachelor’s of science degree in Criminal Justice. Delta offers a 3+1 program with Ferris State University where students also take their fourth year of classes at Delta.

The degree also contains the courses required by the Michigan Corrections Officers Training Council.

Job outlook

Students in this field might become Corrections Officers in prisons or jails, youth care workers/youth care specialists or residential treatment workers in youth and adult treatment centers.

Currently, the Michigan Department of Corrections is hiring for 1,500 positions. This degree would meet the requirements for working for the MDOC.

The need for corrections officers is expected to increase four percent from 2014-2024. The national average yearly earnings for a corrections officer is $39,780.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Find out more

Have questions or want more information? Contact: 

Criminal Justice Program Coordinator
Gregory A. Teter
Associate Professor
989-686-9253; Office G-124

Criminal Justice Corrections - Associate in Applied Arts

Program Code: AAA.25726

The Delta College Criminal Justice program is designed to give you specialized knowledge of the criminal justice field combined with a broad general educational background. The program offers theoretical, practical, and technical instruction designed to meet an ever-increasing demand and continuous upgrading of personnel by law enforcement agencies. As a graduate of this program, depending on the option chosen, you would be prepared to seek employment as a police officer, corrections officer, conservation officer, public safety dispatcher, juvenile officer, private security, or prepare for careers in probation/parole/courts, federal government, CSI, detective, pre-law and many other related careers.

General Education Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
COM 112W3Fundamentals of Oral Communication OR ______________
COM 114W(3)Interpersonal Communication OR ______________
COM 222(3)Introduction to Acting ______________
CST 133W4Computer Concepts & Competencies ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
ENG ---3Any Approved College Composition II Course ______________
OR ______________
ENG ---(3)Any Approved College Composition I Course AND ______________
ENG 113(3)Technical Communication ______________
LW ---1Any 1 Credit LW Course AND ______________
LWA ---1Any 1 Credit LWA Course ______________
OR ______________
LW ---(2)Any 2 Credit LW Course ______________
OAT 1702Keyboarding ______________
POL 103W3American Politics OR ______________
POL 104W(4)American Politics with Project OR ______________
POL 212W(3)State and Local Governments ______________
PSY 211W4General Psychology ______________
SOC 211W3Principles of Sociology ______________
SOC 215W3Sociology of Minority Groups ______________

Core Courses

CourseCreditsCourse TitleCompleted
CJ 110W3Introduction to Criminal Justice ______________
CJ 130W3Introduction to Corrections ______________
CJ 132W3Client Relations in Corrections ______________
CJ 135W3Correctional Institutions and Facilities ______________
CJ 233W3Client Growth and Development ______________
CJ 275W3Probation and Parole ______________
CJ 237W3Jails & Local Detention ______________
CJ 238W3Legal Issues in Corrections ______________
CJ 2503The Juvenile Offender ______________
--- ---0/5General Electives ______________

62Total Credits Required


1 - This Criminal Justice Program does not certify you for employment as a police enforcement officer as it does not incorporate the Basic Police Training (B.P.T.) Program.
2 - Employment within the Criminal Justice field may be delayed or denied depending on a history of convictions involving felonies, misdemeanors, and/or involving controlled substances.
3 - Keyboarding waiver test is available for OAT 170. Contact the BIT Division office, 989-686-9127, to arrange for waiver test. If proficiency can be demonstrated in computer concepts and competencies, additional electives may be substituted.
4 - A grade of "C" (2.0) or higher is required in all core courses except CJ250.

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