Criminal Justice — Corrections/Probation and Parole

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

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.

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

Degree-Specific Requirements

All students receiving an Associate Degree are required to meet Degree-Specific Requirements AND General Education Requirements. Courses listed in the Required Core and/or Required Support Courses may also be used to fulfill Degree-Specific and General Education Requirements. Developmental courses (those numbered below 100) cannot be used to fulfill these requirements.

Attention: It is the student's responsibility to review the entire program form before making course selections for registration purposes. The College recommends that students meet with an advisor or counselor well in advance of registration deadlines and before making course selections.

General Education Requirements: 

The following courses are required in this program and satisfy HFC’s General Education Outcomes for this program. Students who change their program will need to confirm in advance that they are completing all required courses for their specific program of study, including additional General Education courses. All Associate in Arts degrees require at least 24 General Education credits total, including at least three credit hours from each of the five areas below. For this program:

  1. Civil Society & Culture: Complete the following:

  2. Communication: Complete the following:

  3. Computer Technology: Complete the following:

  4. Critical Thinking & Information Literacy: Complete the following:

  5. Quantitative Literacy: Complete one of the following:

Note: For this program, General Education minimum credits: 24

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Wellness Group: Complete the following:

  2. Humanities: Complete at least 2 credit hours from:

    • Art (ART); Dance (DNCA); English (ENG) (except ENG-131, ENG-132, ENG-135); Humanities (HUM); Interior Design (INTR); Journalism (JOUR); Music (MUS); Philosophy (PHIL); Telecommunication (TCM); Speech Communications (SPC); Theatre (THEA), Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL); World Languages (American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic (ARA), Chinese (CHN), French (FRE), German (GER), Italian (ITAL), Spanish (SPN)); or World Religions (WR, except WR-131).
    • NOTE: Remaining degree requirements for Humanities are fulfilled in the General Education area.
  3. Science and Mathematics: Complete two science courses from different disciplines, one with a lab, from:

    • Astronomy (ASTR), Atmospheric Science (ATMS), Biology (BIO), Geology (GEOL), Physics (PHYS) or Science (SCI) (7 credit hours minimum).
    • NOTE: Remaining degree requirements for Science and Math are fulfilled in the General Education area.
  4. Social Science: The Social Science degree requirement is fulfilled within the Required Core Courses and General Education areas.

NOTE: For this program, Degree-Specific minimum credits: 12

Required Support Courses - Criminal Justice — Corrections/Probation and Parole

Minimum Credit Hours: 
Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
64.0 (Including Options/Electives)

Requirements are Subject to Change

The information represented here is for the current catalog year. If you were admitted prior to this year, please check your requirements under the Program Evaluation section of WebAdvisor.

Other Information

Year Established: 
Program Code: 


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division: 313-845-9625,, Fine Arts Bldg, Room: F-140

Transfer Information

Transfer Options/Requirements: 

The College has articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to help students who want to transfer to other institutions once they have completed their studies at HFC. Articulation agreements ensure that graduates from HFC can transfer to another institution and work towards a bachelor’s degree without a loss of coursework completed at HFC. Transfer guides denote the transferability of HFC coursework toward specific degree programs at other institutions. It is important that students who intend to transfer to another institution consult the appropriate articulation agreements and/or transfer guides to ensure the transferability of the courses they take to the institution they plan to attend. Articulation agreements and transfer guides are available on the HFC Transfer Resources page. For additional resources and assistance with transferring, students are encouraged to work with HFC’s University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to institutions such as:

  • University of Michigan - Dearborn
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Madonna University
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