Corrections Administration

Academic Division of Professional Programs

The Corrections Administration certificate introduces students to the challenges and processes of administering criminal sanctions. The Certificate exposes students to a wide array of topics including juvenile justice, the impact of drug addiction on the correctional process, community corrections, managing a diverse and deviant population, and multiculturalism in Corrections, with required courses promoting a well-rounded correctional professional by combining both custodial and administrative topics, and the electives promoting individual interests in custodial or therapeutic practices. Successful completion will help prepare students for practice in Corrections at both governmental and private agencies.

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The Corrections Administration certificate introduces students to the challenges and processes of administering criminal sanctions. The Certificate exposes students to a wide array of topics including juvenile justice, the impact of drug addiction on the correctional process, community corrections, managing a diverse and deviant population, and multiculturalism in Corrections, with required courses promoting a well-rounded correctional professional by combining both custodial and administrative topics, and the electives promoting individual interests in custodial or therapeutic practices. Successful completion will help prepare students for practice in Corrections at both governmental and private agencies.

Program Outcomes
At the completion of the program the student should be able to:

  • Explain the environment and influences impacting the field of juvenile and adult corrections including probation and parole
  • Describe how management theory and criminal justice philosophies inform correctional practices
  • Identify challenges of and responses to the deviant population within a correctional institution
  • Compare and contrast the custodial and therapeutic mission of corrections
  • Discuss the importance of interpersonal or intercultural communications to achieve the correctional mission

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Corrections Administration Courses
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    • Code
    • Course
    • Credits
    • CJS 202
    • Introduction to Corrections
    • 3
    This course covers a critical analysis of the American system of corrections. Covers important historical developments and the range of treatment and/or punishment options available to government, including prisons, jails, reformatories, and community treatment programs. Probation and parole are considered as an integral part of corrections. Current correctional philosophy and treatment approaches on federal, state, and local levels of government are assessed. The interrelated nature of all aspects of corrections is emphasized, with particular focus on policy analysis and decision-making.
    • CJS 107
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • 3
    This course covers selected theories of delinquency, programs of prevention and control, treatment, confinement, utilization of community resources, and the history and current role of the juvenile court. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • CJS 113
    • Drugs and Society
    • 3
    This course discusses the major social health issues involving drugs. Topics covered include the psychological aspects of drug involvement, the pharmacology of drugs, alcoholism, current rehabilitation practices, review of state and federal drug laws, and drug education programs at the national, state, and local levels. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • HSV 251
    • Introduction to Substance Abuse Studies
    • 3
    An introduction to the psychological, physical, and sociological factors in chemical dependence and abuse. Emphasis is on the history of the chemical problem, pharmacological aspects, different programs, student’s attitudes, and addiction in America.
    • CJS 204
    • Probation, Parole & Community Corrections
    • 3
    Probation, parole, and other community-based sanctions, procedures, practices, and personnel are surveyed and evaluated. Probation, parole, and community-based correctional programs are presented in their historical, philosophical, social, and legal context. Theory and practice are integrated to the greatest extent possible.
    • ENG 224
    • Writing for Professionals
    • 3
    Students develop writing techniques and conventions peculiar to magazine writing, advertising, business, technical writing, and editorializing. Ads, technical articles, reports, abstracts, manuals, and documentation will be practiced.
    • SOC 112
    • Interpersonal Communication
    • 3
    An experience-based introduction to the concepts and skills in oral communication; listening, feedback, group discussions, speeches, self-disclosure and relational communication.
    • SOC 116
    • Intercultural Communication
    • 3
    This course will develop awareness of how human culture affects individual perception and interpersonal communication. Through literature and journalism, film and music, communicative activities and research projects, students will expand their capacity to understand themselves and communicate with other members of the human family. Particular attention will be paid to other cultural groups represented by class members.
    • CJS 122
    • Conflict & Dispute Resolution
    • 3
    A survey of various dispute resolution processes, including negotiation, mediation, conciliation, arbitration, and mixed processes. Students will gain familiarity with these processes, rudimentary skills in using them, and experience in how to help choose or build the most appropriate dispute resolution or prevention process. Through simulations and case exercises, theories, tactics, and methods will be applied to the fields of criminal justice, business, law, and labor-management relations. Can be used as a Business or Government elective. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • PSY 215
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • 3
    This course is a comprehensive study of the major mental disorders as defined by the DSM-IV TR. Etiologies and treatment for each disorder or cluster of disorders will be covered. Major disorders examined include the following: Anxiety disorders, dissociative & somatoform disorders, mood disorders, personality disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, sexual dysfunction, neuropsychological disorders, and disorders of childhood and adolescence. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or permission of the instructor.
    • SOC 105
    • Sociology of Deviance
    • 3
    Consideration of the cultural definition of deviance and the causal societal context; social analysis of problems such as mental illness, suicide and abnormal sexual behavior. Prerequisites: SOC 101 or permission of instructor.
    • HSV 260
    • Diverse Populations
    • 3
    An overview of the role of human diversity in social work practice. An examination of the differences as well as the similarities of the various populations in American Society. Topics to be addressed are race, gender, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status. Barriers to cultural understanding and valuing diversity will also be explored.
    • CJS 225
    • Victimology
    • 3
    Students will explore the myths and realities pertaining to crime victims, including crime victim statistics, the dynamics of victimization (physical, emotional and/or financial harm), victims’ rights, exposure to how police, courts and related agencies treat victims, and the problems and solutions for special kinds of victims (children, women, sexual assault victims, elderly, drunk driver and bias or hate crime victims). Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.
    • HSV 201
    • Helping Skills in Human Services
    • 3
    An examination of the helping relationship in individual and group work with emphasis on techniques such as listening skills, questioning, and interviewing. Topics covered include assessment, treatment planning, and techniques of intervention including behavior modification, psychodynamic, existential-humanistic, and cognitive therapies.
    • CSA 227
    • Website Design
    • 3
    This course will familiarize the student with the capabilities and potential of web design for applications in business, government, communication, and the arts. Hands-on experience will help build an advanced understanding of HTML vocabulary and interface applications using PageMill.
    • CSA 228
    • Computer Graphics Applications
    • 3
    This course will familiarize the student with the capabilities and potential of computer graphics for applications in business, government, communication, and the arts. Photo image editing, vector-based illustrations and special effects using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator are covered.
    • CSI 207
    • System Design & Analysis
    • 3
    Introduction to systems concepts, department organization, forms design, systems control and manuals. Development of system techniques through lecture and case study methods, including work simplification, work measurement, flowcharting, system cost estimating, system development, implementation, and evaluation. This course also introduces the student to Microsoft PowerPoint Presentation graphics software.
    • CSI 217
    • Operating Systems
    • 3
    This course explores the concepts of operating systems and their relationship to computer architecture. Topics include concurrent processing, scheduling, memory management, file systems, device management, and resource allocation. Prerequisite: CSI 116.
    • CSI 218
    • Data Structures and Algorithms
    • 3
    This course covers common data structures and algorithms for storing and manipulating data using the C++ programming language. Object-oriented programming and design techniques are emphasized for the creation of reusable data structures. Topics include multidimensional arrays, linked lists, recursion, stacks, queues, searching, sorting, hashing, and trees. Prerequisite: CSI 116, CSI 107, CSI 108.
    • CSI 244
    • Networking I
    • 3
    Introduction to the concepts, technology, and implementation of computer communication. Topics discussed are distributed systems requirements, network architecture, communications protocols, local and wide area networks, data transmission, digital multiplexing, data switching, and characteristics of transmission media, modems, design of information flow, and message and packet switching.
    • CSI 226
    • UNIX with Linux
    • 3
    Introduction to UNIX operating system. Practical explorations of the basics of UNIX system concepts, architecture, and administration. Uses Linux, a PC-compatible clone of UNIX to reinforce shell programming concepts and utilities with real-world applications.
    • CSI 229
    • Visual Basic
    • 3
    An introduction to programming in Visual Basic. Topics include object-oriented programming, DDE, OLE, menus, dialog boxes, graphic controls, the toolbox, decision structures, working with text files and databases, development of Windows applications, GUI front ends for client/server applications, and integration with other Windows applications. Prerequisite: CSI 116.
    • CSI 233
    • Java Programming
    • 3
    This course is an introduction to the Java programming language that builds upon concepts explored in Introduction to Programming (CSI 116). The Java platform, how it stores data in memory, and basic language features are discussed. Topics include objects, methods, control structures, streams, arrays, and classes. Prerequisite: CSI 116.
    • CSI 235
    • Computer Architecture
    • 3
    This course deals with the structure and organization of the major hardware components of computers. Topics include basic logic design, CPU construction, and information transfer and control within a computer system. Prerequisite: CSI 116.
    • CSI 242
    • Computer Systems Security
    • 3
    This course is designed to introduce the student to the concepts of computer and network security with applications in the Windows 2000 Environment. Topics include authentication, securing Web and file transfer applications, cryptography, firewalls and other devices and network topologies. At the end of this course the student will be able to securely administer a Windows 2000 server environment. Prerequisite: CSI 244.
    • CJS 206
    • Corrections Administration
    • 3
    This course will introduce students to the work of a Corrections Administrator by examining the rewards and challenges of working in corrections. Through the review of corrections history, theory, policy and current practice, students will develop a pragmatic understanding of issues related to managing an offender population in dynamic and difficult environments. This course includes a review of corrections history and background, contemporary critical issues, corrections operations, and projecting future needs. Additional topics will include environmental impact, leadership theory and application, staff roles and supervision, managing risk, community corrections, managing special populations, and future considerations. This course is specifically applicable to those seeking employment in corrections institutions, field services, and community-based corrections.
    • CJS 108
    • Criminal Justice Ethics
    • 3
    This course will examine a variety of ethical issues faced by justice officials, such as the relationship between personal ethics and social expectations; professional ethics; the use of force; issues of race, gender and class; and noble cause corruption. Students will examine the importance of an ethical foundation for law enforcement while they compare and contrast ethical codes from various sources in the public safety community and historical warrior classes. Special attention will be paid to the concept of noble cause corruption and the compound effects of those outcomes. Placement at ENG 101 level strongly advised.

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