Corrections

Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Associate degree program is designed to prepare a student for employment as a corrections officer at the state level. Students who meet certain requirements may also be qualified to work at the county level (contact the Criminal Justice office for details). The program also provides a foundation for transfer to a four-year university. The student must have a minimum of a C (2.0) grade in each corrections course.


A person with any felony conviction and certain misdemeanor convictions will be unable to obtain employment in the corrections field. Contact the Department of Corrections or the WSCC Criminal Justice office if you have questions about your eligibility.

Some courses taken for a Corrections degree cannot be applied towards a Criminal Justice/Police Licensure degree. See a counselor for additional information.

Courses by Placement/Transfer

The following courses may be prerequisites for your program depending upon your placement scores or transfer evaluation.  Advisors can assist you to integrate these into your program of study during your first semester at West Shore.  Contact Student Services at 231.843.5510.

Course Code

Course Title

Credits/Contacts

ENG 051 or

ENG 098

Introduction to College Writing or

Writing Essentials

4/4

3/3

ENG 052

Introduction to College Reading

4/4

MTH 051

Pre Algebra

4/4

FYS 101

First-Year Seminar

2/2

Program of Study

Course Code

Course Title

Credits/

Contact

Pre/Corequisites

Semester 1

COR 210

Introduction to Corrections

3/3

COR 215

 Correctional Institutions/Facilities

3/3

ENG 111

English Composition I

3/3

ENG 051 or ENG 098 & ENG 052 or Placement

MTH or Science Elective

Select one course from Math or Science categories A or B

4/4 or

4/5

PSY 161

Introduction to Psychology

3/3

Total

16/16 min

Semester 2

CRJ 211

Juvenile Delinquency

3/3

COR 216

Client Growth and Development

3/3

COR 217

Client Relations in Corrections

3/3

COR 218

Legal Issues in Corrections

3/3

ENG 112

English Composition II

3/3

ENG 111

Total

15/15

Semester 3

OIS 150

Fundamentals of Keyboarding

2/3

May be waived

SPE 101 or SPE 110

Principles of Speaking or

Interpersonal Communications

3/3

Humanities

Elective

Select one from categories A, B, or C

3/3

CRJ 207 or

PED 100

Physical Conditioning or

Aerobic Conditioning and Weight Training

2/4

 Must pass a Pre-Employment

Fitness Test

POL 151

American National Government

3/3

SOC 171

Introduction to Sociology

3/3

Total

17/18

Semester 4

ALH 118

First Aid Responder Emergency

2/2

May be waived with valid CPR and First Aid Card

Computer

Elective

Select one from Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Technology, or Office Information Systems

3/3

CRJ 208

Subject Control* (See note below)

3/5

Corrections Students

COR 223

Correctional Procedures

3/4

PSY 264

Abnormal Psychology

3/3

PSY 161

Total

13/18

Degree Total

 

61/67

This program is intended to prepare students for employment, and therefore have not been designed to transfer to senior institutions. Some of the courses, however, may be transferable. For clarification, see a WSCC advisor.