Program Codes: CJC.AS
Associate in Science Degree
Our rigorous Criminal Justice-Corrections program is highly regarded throughout the tristate area. Criminal Justice-Corrections, the study and application of correction’s management and systems, is studied by those preparing to be corrections officers and others looking to advance their careers within the corrections system. Our graduates go on to work in federal, state and county prisons, probation, law, research design, human services, and other rewarding fields.
Upon completion of this program, students will be able to:
Below are required courses and recommended course groupings and sequences for program completion. Courses may have prerequisite and corequisite requirements. Check course descriptions for details.
Through a variety of writing projects requiring competence in clear, correct, and effective English, students use inferential and critical skills in the process of composing documented essays. Extensive reading materials serve as structural models and as the bases for discussion and for the writing of essays involving response, analysis, and synthesis.
RDG-011 may be taken as a co-requisite if not previously completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Examines both the substantive and procedural criminal law with a special focus on the administration of justice. Particular attention will be given to the role of the police, courts and correctional systems and how each separate entity must function with the framework of Constitutional law. Special emphasis will be on New Jersey statutory law and court rules.
Choose one math course designated in the course descriptions as General Education (GE MST).
MAT-123 - Statistics I is recommended.
Provides a psychological basis for the understanding of human behavior. A survey of fundamentals that are necessary for subsequent psychology courses. Topics include but are not limited to: learning, motivation, cognition, personality, abnormal behavior, development and social psychology.
Sociology is the systematic study of social behavior and human groups. This course covers basic sociological theories and methods of social research, with special attention to the following topics: culture, values and norms, socialization, social structure, deviance, stratification, social institutions and differentiation by region, race, ethnicity, gender, age and class.
A grade of “C” or better in ENG-121
A continuation of Criminal Justice I. Particular emphasis on the New Jersey court system including detailed discussions of the role of prosecutors versus defense attorneys; pretrial, trial and post-trial functions and the constant influence of ethical considerations.
Examines the vast spectrum of systems, processes and people involved in the correctional field. Emphasizes the legal impact of the correctional process as well as correctional management theories and applications. Particular attention will be given to the massive changes of modern correctional facilities and emerging prison issues such as overcrowding, drugs and the AIDS problem.
A 3-credit General Education Lab Science is required. Students may choose to take a 4-credit GE lab science elective in consultation with an academic advisor. Choose one 3-credit lab science course designated in the course descriptions as General Education (GE MST).
SCI-206 - Introduction to Forensic Science is recommended.
The organization, powers and procedures of the United States national government are presented along with such topics as the role of political parties, electorate behavior and interest groups as a continuing process of United States politics.
Provides a thorough examination of the major issues that correctional institutions must deal with daily as well as the long term effects of decision and policy making. Particular attention given to treatment programs, their uses and limitations. Provides an overview of the past and current status of penal servitude. Explains the lifestyle of the offender in correctional facilities and evaluates efforts to integrate the institutional experience with the post-release life of the inmates.
A comparative analysis of the state, county and municipal levels of government in the United States is offered. Particular attention is given to New Jersey government and politics, state party organizations, interest groups and electorate behavior, as well as the formal governmental structure.
A study of the basic theories, methods, and problems of ethics and morality. Students will apply ethical principles and problem solving models to examples taken from everyday life.
The behavior and development of the individual in society, the functions of social attitudes and the emergence of social awareness. Also, the character of group conflict and group solidarity.
An introduction to the study of social problems in American society. Emphasis is given to social problems related to stratification and inequity of social groups and institutions. Students will analyze social problems from general, theoretical, and research-based point of view, as well as investigate why particular issues become defined as "problems".
Examines the nature and extent of juvenile crime, juvenile delinquency as a social and cultural problem, social and cultural factors in the explanation of delinquent behavior, types of offenders, theories of delinquency and treatment and prevention of delinquency.
The nature and sources of criminal law, incidences and trends of criminology, relationship of culture and social systems to criminology, biological, psychological and sociological theories of criminology.
A cooperative work experience program in which students enhance their skills by getting hands-on experience in county or state correctional facilities. Supervision of this departmentally approved position is provided by the College through on-the-job visits and individual progress review sessions. Students are required to describe their objectives and attain specific job skills. Students attend a biweekly, two-hour seminar on campus and work a minimum of 180 hours a semester.
COR 201 or COR 207
The relationship between professional police officers and the community they serve with emphasis on ethical standards, human relations, civil rights and community service. The attitudes and actions of the police and the public that lead to both positive and negative relationships between them.
Examines the principal methods by which United States Supreme Court Justices give meaning to Constitutional provisions in the context of individual cases. Particular attention paid to the fundamental importance of a full and coherent understanding of the principles, precedents and problems of America’s democratic system.
Contact Name: Timothy Hack, department chair
Contact Phone: 732.906.2590
Contact Email: HSS@middlesexcc.edu
Department Web: https://www.middlesexcc.edu/history-social-science/