Criminal Justice — Corrections/Probation and Parole

Program Information

Degree Type: 
Associate in Arts

Designed for students interested public service work with offenders within correctional institutions, such as jails or prisons, or in professional work outside correctional institutions, juveniles and those 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. This allows students to continue their studies toward a bachelor degree with no loss of credit hours.

Learning Outcomes: 
  • Describe the different psychological effects that incarceration has 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)
  • Contrast the effects of race, education, and economicsand how they impact 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.

Degree-Specific Requirements: 
  1. Complete one course from the Wellness Group:

  2. Complete 8 Humanities credits from courses in:

    Art, Dance, English (except ENG-131, 132, 135), Foreign Language, Interior Design, Journalism, Music, Philosophy, Science in Western Culture, Telecommunications, Speech, Theatre, World Religion

  3. Complete 8 Science and Mathematics credits from courses in:

    Astronomy, Atmospheric Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics

  4. Complete 8 Social Science credits from courses in:

    Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Social Science, Sociology

Elective Courses

Minimum Credit Hours: 

Complete as many elective credits as necessary to meet the minimum number of credit hours to receive your associate degree.

Minimum Number Of Credits To Graduate: 
60.0 (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
Criminal Justice


Social Science, Arts, and Fitness Division • (313) 845-9625 • • Fine Arts Bldg • Room: F-140
Gregory Osowski • (313) 845-9859 • • Liberal Arts Bldg • Room: K-108

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 in the University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Center (313-845-9612,, Learning Resource Center). Some of the institutions students enrolled in this program frequently transfer to include:

  • 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