Criminal Justice - Corrections/Probation and Parole Associate in Arts

This program has been discontinued or temporarily suspended. Currently enrolled students may complete their program of study, but new students will not be admitted.

Program Info

Year Established
Program Code
Degree Type
Associate in Arts
Office Contact
School of Liberal Arts: 313-845-9624,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-201 and F-138
Faculty Contact
Daniel Kearney: 313-845-9714,, Liberal Arts Building, Room: K-109W

Program Description


Designed for students interested in public service work conducted in correctional institutions, such as jails or prisons, or in professional work outside correctional institutions with juveniles or adults on probation or parole. Students completing the program benefit from articulation agreements with Eastern Michigan University, Madonna University, University of Michigan-Dearborn, and Lake Superior State University. Successfully completing this program allows students to continue their studies toward a bachelor degree in criminal justice with no loss of credit hours.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this program, students should be able to:

  1. Describe the different psychological effects of incarceration on inmates and staff.
  2. Develop a well written report which effectively analyzes and communicates a given situation.
  3. Demonstrate and integrate an understanding of ethics and ethical behavior in/at all levels of corrections, parole, and probation.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to apply case, criminal, and custodial law by analyzing fact patterns and situations.
  5. Characterize the special needs related to the treatment of criminals in the correctional system (e.g., mentally ill, HIV, female).
  6. Compare and contrast how the effects of race, education, and economics impacts the corrections field.
Career Opportunities

Prepares students to take various entry-level positions and certification exams. Most people start out in entry-level positions as corrections officers or in court probation departments upon completion of an associate’s degree. For future advancement in the institutional field or work in probation and parole, a bachelor’s degree is highly recommended.

  • Counseling
  • Prison Corrections Officer
  • Probation/Parole Officer
  • Social Work

  • General Education

    Category 3: Mathematics
    Complete any one from the Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA) list.
    Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
    Complete any one, from a different discipline (not WR).
    Category 6: Natural Sciences
    Complete any two, one with a lab, from different disciplines.
    Credit Hours

    See General Education Requirements for details.

    Program Requirements

    Minimum Total Credit Hours
    Requirements are subject to change. The information represented here is effective starting Winter 2018 and applies to the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the My Progress section of HFC Self Service.