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This program is offered at Clark State's Springfield - Downtown location.

The Criminal Justice program provides students with a contemporary curriculum. The program is responsive to our ever-changing society, which demands highly-educated and well-qualified candidates to meet the increasing standards of a variety of peace officer agencies.

Opportunities are plentiful in the criminal justice system in sheriffs' departments, municipal police departments, the state highway patrol, corrections agencies, and other public and private agencies.

Corrections Concentration

The Corrections Concentration offers the student a broad overview of the correctional system. The program prepares students for immediate employment in federal, state and local correctional facilities. Graduates may expect to qualify for entry-level positions as corrections officers, parole officers, and probation officers, as well as investigators and youth counselors.

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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of an associate degree in Corrections, a graduate will be able to:

  • Display an understanding of basic computer technology including hardware and software solutions as related to law enforcement.
  • Implement effective communication techniques with citizens, families and co-workers.
  • Demonstrate behaviors that reflect respect for and sensitivity to individual differences while working with citizens, families and co-workers.
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to make appropriate law enforcement decisions.
  • Display professional behaviors within the ethical/legal framework of law enforcement.


Anyone considering a law enforcement career should recognize that employment involves meeting physical requirements, which vary greatly among different agencies.

A conviction of any of the crimes below is a disqualifier for this program:

  • Any felony
  • Domestic violence or reduced charge stemming from a domestic violence incident
  • Any person currently registered as a sex offender, child-victim offender, or arson offender
  • Misdemeanor convictions of violence, theft or fraud crimes

Other criminal or serious traffic convictions may prevent graduates from obtaining employment in some positions/facilities. Any questions should be directed to the Criminal Justice Program Coordinator.

Curriculum Plan

The program schedule that follows is designed for full-time students who have completed all prerequisites and who have no college preparatory recommendations. Many individuals, especially part-time students and those taking developmental courses, will require additional semesters of study. Students should consult their academic advisors for help in planning their schedules.

Download the curriculum sheet for this major.

Course Title Credits
CRJ 1100 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3
CRJ 1116 Systems Approach to Computer Technology * 3
ENG 1111 English I 3
FYE 1100 College Success 1
PSY 1111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 1110 Introduction to Sociology 3
COR 1105 Probation and Parole 3
COR 1130 Adult/Juvenile Corrections 3
COM 1110 Interpersonal Communication Ior  
COM 1120 Public Speaking I 3
ENG 1112 English II 3
SWK 1105 Chemical Dependency I: Pharmacology and Physiology of Psychoactive Substances 3
CRJ 2216 Community Relations 3
CRJ 2228 Criminal Investigation 3
CRJ 2250 Community Resources 3
MTH 1060 Business Mathematics 3
SOC 2220 Comparing Cultures 3
CRJ 2235 Social Justice 3
CRJ 2240 Criminal Law 3
CRJ 2260 Constitutional Law 3
COR 2285 Corrections Practicum 3
-- Arts/Humanities Elective** 3
  Total Credit Hours 61

*ITS 1105 (including proficiency credit) may be substituted for CRJ 1116.

**Coures that can be taken to meet the Arts/Humanities elective requirement are listed in the front of the catalog.

Class Schedule Planning

The planning schedule below indicates when and where courses in your program of study will be offered for the next two academic years. This is helpful information when planning your class schedule for each semester.

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